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PS5 backwards compatibility will support 99% of PS4 games

PS5 backwards compatibility will support “99 percent” of PS4 games, Sony’s Jim Ryan today confirmed.

Speaking with The Washington Post, Ryan made the asserting, also speaking to fans concerned about the quality of titles like Spider-Man Miles Morales and Horizon Forbidden West now that they’ve been confirmed for both PS4 and PS5.

“No one should be disappointed,” Ryan said of the decision to develop between generations.

“The PS5 versions of those games are built from the ground up to take advantage of the PS5 feature set, and we have an upgrade path for PS4 users to get the PS5 versions for free. It’s about people having choice. I’m really quite pleased about the situation.”

Back in May, Ryan sang a different tune.

“We believe that when you go to all the trouble of creating a next-gen console, that it should include features and benefits that the previous generation does not include,” he said, asserting that PS5 titles wouldn’t be offered on the older generation of consoles. “And that, in our view, people should make games that can make the most of those features.”

The PS5 heads to store shelves on 12 November.

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