Any gamer worth his or her salt and who is licking his or her chops in anticipation of the PlayStation 5’s release most likely has many burning questions about the console. We thought we’d take a couple of these questions on—thus this article!
First up: will PlayStation 5 be backwards compatible? The answer is a resounding yes, although as always, the devil is in the details. Sony confirmed a while back that the PS5 will be backwards compatible with, as it says, the overwhelming majority of the PS4 titles in the market (there are of course over 4,000 of these titles available). What’s more, some of these games will run on a “boosted frequency” to take advantage of the PS5’s power and allow players to enjoy better frame rates and resolutions. And some titles are set to offer free upgrades to PS5 from their PS4 versions, including Madden NFL 21 and Cyberpunk 2077. However, no details are as yet available regarding other games—such as PS4 exclusives like The Last of Us Part II and Ghost of Tsushima. We’ll have to wait and see.
If you’re also wondering about what PS4 accessories or peripherals will also be able to make the jump to PS5, we’ve got the answers for you too. According to the PlayStation Blog, so-called specialty peripherals including flight sticks and officially licensed racing wheels will compatible with both PS5 games and PS4 games supported on the PS5. The Platinum and Gold wireless headsets—as well as other third-party headsets which can be linked up via audio jack or USB port—will also work on PS5 (however, the headset app won’t be compatible). The DualShock 4 wireless controller as well as any and all PS officially licensed gamepad controllers from third parties will also be usable with supported PS4 games. However, take note that DualShock 4 will not be compatible with PS5 games.
What else? The PlayStation Blog also says that PS Move Motion Controllers and the PlayStation VR Aim Controller will also work with supported PlayStation VR games on the PS5. Lastly, the PlayStation Camera for PS4 will also be making the jump to the PS5 for playing supported PS VR games, but will require an adaptor—the good thing is that said adaptor will be given to PS VR users for free (details to follow).
The next question we’re answering has to do with the PS5’s storage—is it expandable? It’s a yes to this question, too. PS5 storage can be augmented using either external hard drives or third-party M2 SSDs that are linked up via a dedicated expansion port.
But again you need to pay attention to the details. Sure, external HDDs are a go, but the PS5 will only be able to use these drives to play backwards-compatible PS4 games. If you want to get more space in order to play PS5 games, an SSD is your only option. You can, however, save your PS4 games directly on the PS5’s own built in SSD; this will improve loading times quite a bit (but will also devour storage space, of course). And you can expect Sony-branded PS5 expansion SSDs to work with the PS5 sometime in the near future.
A third query: what other massive PS5 exclusives could be in the works? Of course we already know of big titles such as Gran Turismo 7, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, and Spider-Man: Miles Morales will drop in the next couple of years. Pundits say that a dedicated version of God of War for the PS5 is practically a shoo-in—but we still are waiting breathlessly for any news at all about a bona fide sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man.
Lastly: it’s already known that the PS5 will support the PlayStation VR headset, but will the PS5 get its own VR, a VR 2? No word regarding this just yet, but given all the buzz around PS VR titles that are still to drop, we don’t think it’s implausible that a dedicated PS VR 2 for the PS 5 will come at a certain point in time.
Check back with us later on for more on the PlayStation 5! We’re just as eager as you are to see it in the flesh when it does drop!