Leak Suggests, PS5 to Support Entire Library of Previous Gen PlayStation Titles

PlayStation 4 is arguably the best selling console of this generation. When it came out, it took on its biggest rival the Xbox One by the tail. It was the superior console on paper, with better visual fidelity, blue-ray disk support, and, most importantly, exclusive titles. Xbox One and later its mid-generation consoles all suffered from the mediocre on paper specifications. The only thing that went ahead in favor of Xbox was the backwards compatibility. It allowed players to use their old Xbox 360 and Xbox games with enhanced visuals (in select games).

The eighth-generation of consoles is now at its end, PlayStation 5 and Xbox scarlet (not the official name) will replace these consoles in a year. Mark Cerny, the lead product architect, told Wired their plans regarding the next-gen console. We have already talked about it here.

The news today revolves around the backwards functionality of the console. According to a tweet by PSErebus, Sony is planning to include the whole generation of PlayStation titles as playable titles for the PlayStation 5. We can see this happening for the PS4 since the architectural differences are not much. PS3 titles, however, pose the biggest ‘question mark’ since it was based on Sony’s proprietary cell architecture. They would have to port the PS3 titles onto the conventional x86 architecture in order to make them work. This seems like loads of work, but there’s still a possibility that we end up playing classic PS3 titles on PS5.

Even the original PlayStation or PS2 titles seem far fetched at this point; Sony would have to rework their textures, which is equivalent to remastering a game. They could either do it for ‘free’ in the name of backwards compatibility, or they could remaster the games for enhanced visual fidelity by actually remastering them. Both options are hard to process, but the latter has more probability than the former.

Lastly, we can safely recommend PS4 users to save their discs for the future if they want to upgrade to the upcoming system. For those who still have their PS3 drives, only time will decide the possibility of PS3 games on PS5.

Mohsin Naeem
Mohsin is a budding writer who has a thing for PC hardware and gaming. He has been building computers according to the need of his clients and is well versed in the area. He is an economics major and the analytical skills he learned from his academics adds to his writing and gives him a unique way to observe the tech industry.