More details on the next console from Sony have emerged this week, confirming that yes, it’ll be called the PlayStation 5, and yes, it’ll be out at the end of 2020.
New details on the PS5’s backwards compatibility have also now released, but it’s not looking very hopeful for PlayStation gamers.
In an interview with Famitsu (translated by Japanese journalist @bk2128), when asked about full backward compatibility, Sony said: “the dev team is putting all power on verifying whether they can secure a complete compatibility. Please wait for more information.”
It had previously been announced that the PS5 would be backwards compatible with PlayStation 4 games, but as for the rest of the Sony back-catalogue, it remains unclear.
It looks as though Sony is still working things out behind the scenes to make backwards compatibility happen, but with no official word on whether or not it’s achievable, the future of backwards compatibility seems hazy at best.
New info on the PS5 was announced on the PlayStation Japan blog earlier this week, where Sony top dog Jim Ryan writes (translated): “Today we will inform you that the name of our next generation machine is ‘PlayStation 5’ (PS5), and that the release is scheduled for the year-end sales season of 2020.”
Speaking specifically about the new controller, Ryan adds: “There are two important innovations in the new PS5 controller. The first is to reinvent the traditional vibration function found in the original PlayStation and its same generation of game controllers and adopt haptic technology.
“By adopting this haptic technology, you will be able to feel a wider variety of reactions than ever before. For example, the feeling of a car hitting a wall during a race might be quite different from the feeling of tackling an opponent in football. You can even run through the grass and taste the sensation in the mud.”
The PS5 will launch for the holiday period, 2020.
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