A MAJOR new rumour is suggesting that the upcoming PlayStation 5 could be fully backwards compatible.
If this is true, that would mean the highly-anticipated console will allow you to play all your favourite games that you used to play on Sony’s four previous major home consoles.
The Japanese company revealed late last year that the PS5 would be launching in 2020.
The tech giant will know that fans are keen for backwards compatibility so they can play their old games on the new console.
According to HipHopGamer, Sony is reportedly creating a “Remastering Engine”.
This would allow gamers to run titles from PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 on the new console.
The tool is also said to be able to provide ‘enhancements’ that would make older games work on PS5.
Microsoft, one of Sony’s rivals, offers backwards compatibility support for Xbox 360 titles as well as its Xbox One and Xbox One X consoles.
These recent claims from HipHopGamer aren’t the first time that the PS5 has been rumoured to be backwards compatible.
As with all rumours, we’ll never know for sure until official word is given by Sony.
PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan has previously said that the company’s main aim is to “take that community and transition it from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, and at a scale and pace that we’ve never delivered on before.”
PlayStation releases – what’s the history
Here’s what you need to know…
- The original PlayStation launched in Europe in 1995
- This was followed by the PlayStation 2 in the year 2000
- The PlayStation 3 arrived over half a decade later, in 2006
- Then gamers had to wait a further seven years for 2013’s PS4 launch
- Based on those dates, there’s an average of six years between each new PlayStation generation
- But 2016’s PlayStation 4 Pro threw a spanner in the works
- The mid-generation console offered gamers a graphical upgrade – without releasing a brand new console generation
- Sony has announced a PS5 release for 2020, four years after the PS4 Pro and six years after the PS4
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