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PS5 Backwards Compatibility Officially Explained

The backwards compatibility feature of the PlayStation 5 has at last been officially explained by Sony, just over a month ahead of the console’s scheduled release. In short, there’s not a lof of reasons to worry about not being able to play your favorite PS4 games on the PS5 – if any.

Namely, out of over 4,000 games released on the PS4 over the last seven years, the PS5 will support – over 4,000 of them…

In fact, it’s way easier to look at which games won’t be supported, as Sony listed only ten of them in total. Of that unfortunate bunch, only one name is likely to ring any bells with the vast majority of readers: Hitman Go: Definitive Edition. That’s right, the diorama-styled turn-based…. diorama thingy proved to be too much for the PS5 to handle.

In all seriousness, we have no idea why this graphically barebones release won’t work on the PS5, though our best guess is that Square Enix simply decided against optimizing it.

Granted, these decisions are never so simple, so in other words: the game’s code is probably such a jumbled mess of duct-taped hacks that shouldn’t work at all but somehow does, and yet doing anything to it would break it.

Speaking in practical terms, of course.