Sony clarifies that PS5 will support ‘overwhelming majority’ of PS4 games

Ruben Fields
March 23, 2020

The Xbox Series X will use a USB Type-C interface and will be backward compatible will every other Xbox console.

Maybe the Xbox will have a numerical advantage - ie running at a consistent native 4k whilst the PS5 runs with Dynamic Resolution Scaling that drops below 4k in intensive areas - but many don't even notice with PS4 on HD TV's when the resolution drops. With VRS and DLSS (or a version of that), you will be hard pressed to spot any differences - even in a side by side.

Point is, with modern rendering, higher resolution (and much smaller pixel sizes), the difference between 2160p and 1800p isn't as noticeable as 900p vs 1080p. Some third-party companies have also confirmed that they will release their future titles on the new console with improvements, such as Ubisoft with Watch Dogs Legion, Rainbow Six Quarantine and Gods & Monsters, but without images of the games on the new console.

Its not fair to say that 90% of multi-platform games will look or run better on Xbox.

Microsoft has powered up the next-gen Xbox Series X with 1-TB custom NVMe SSD, which can be further expanded by connecting external memory cards at the rear section port. Xbox Series X will come with a custom octa-core AMD Zen 2 CPU and each unit will be clocked at 3.8 Hz.

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Prior to the update, Sony's Mark Cerny, the system architect for the PS5 who detailed its full hardware specifications in a live-streamed presentation on Wednesday, said the console would support "almost all" of the top 100 PS4 titles.

Just how many PS4 games will be playable on the PS5 with this boost in frequency? So they can load higher quality textures in more easily/frequently, no?

Meanwhile, Sony got off to a unusual start earlier this week on the PS5 backwards compatibility front, suggesting that potentially only a hundred-or-so compatible titles would be available at launch.

If you've been reading our other head to head tech articles, you'll know that we start these things with a bunch of figures to get things going - so here we go! Both are a big upgrade on current hardware and both offer a lot of potential for devs to be creative. Most gamers have seen 3D model simulations of what the video game might look like, with a "V" shaped space in the middle that would symbolize the Roman number 5.

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