Sony confirmed that the PS5 would only support PS4 games. To clarify, the “PlayStation” in the headline refers to “PS1” games. However, “PS1” is not its official name, but I digress.
Sony have gone out of their way to make the fans know that the new PS5 will not be backwards compatible beyond the PS4.The move hasn’t stopped a large part of the PlayStation online community still hoping beyond hope for compatibility with older PlayStation, PS2 and PS3 titles.
The nostalgia of older games
We gamers are a strange bunch. While we all covet the latest and most robust hardware, there is still a strong affinity for older games. These are the titles that initially got us hooked.
The games that taught us about the magic of losing ourselves in a developer’s vision. It’s an inexplicable love affair between gamers and games from decades ago which bare hardly any resemblance to today’s triple-A titles.
Who recalls playing Prince of Persia on MS-DOS? This love for older games, however, transcends logic for most gamers; those who still remember the misspent hours of our youth while trying to rack up high scores fondly.
The draw of these older titles has been a focus of many developers as the last few years have seen several classic titles get remade to take advantage of advancements in gaming hardware.
The rise of remakes
Capcom have released remakes of its Resident Evil instalments to great success including Resident Evil which was released in a terrifying VR incarnation.
Just this year, one of the most iconic Playstion titles – Final Fantasy V11 – got a remake for the PS4, bringing back a lot of happy memories for PlayStation fans that have been around since the beginning.
Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan in a recent interview was at pains to emphasise that the PS5 focus was on allowing current PS4 players to play titles from the vast PS4 games library.
“We keep in mind the engineering specialised for the PS5, as we produced the device. In the midst of that, the PS4 already has 100 million players; we thought they ought to want to play PS4 titles on the PS5 as well indeed, so we included compatibility with the PS4”.
He explained that while implementing that, the team “also focused their efforts on taking in the high-speed SSD and the new controller DualSense at the same time”.
“So, unfortunately, we couldn’t reach the implementation of such compatibilities,” he explained regarding PlayStation, PS2 and PS3 games.
An exciting lineup of new games
The good news is that developers are bringing back new, polished and updated versions of a lot of our favourite titles from yesteryear to our consoles anyway; and with a few disappointing exceptions are doing a great job of capturing the magic that made us fall in love with these titles in the first place.
Earlier this week, Sony announced that the PlayStation 5 would be released in selected regions on 12 November 2020, with the rest of the world receiving the console on 19 November.
During the event, Sony announced that a remake of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is in development for the next-gen console. Players can look forward to the game in 2021.
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