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Report: New PS4 Games Must Be Compatible With PS5 in Future

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Aug 25, 2020
Sony has reportedly told developers that PS4 games submitted for certification from July 13 onwards must be forwards compatible with PS5. PS4 versions of The Last of Us 2 and Ghost of Tsushima will also apparently be compatible with PS5. Per a report from Eurogamer, developer documentation on Sony's internal Partner website now includes a step that must be checked, saying that the game has been tested for compatibility with PS5. That compatibility apparently means that the PS4 game's code must run without issues on a PS5, and the game must include all the same features. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=confirmed-playstation-5-games&captions=true"] Sony is also seemingly "strongly" recommending that any patch or remaster for a game submitted before July 13 would allow for PS5 compatibility. Any patch for a game submitted after that cut-off must ensure the game remains compatible with PS5. There's a difference between submission and release - games are submitted for certification well before release, so some games arriving after that cut-off date could still be non-compatible with PS5. However, Eurogamer also reports that it has heard that The Last of Us 2 and Ghost of Tsushima - Sony's final major PS4 exclusives, and neither of which will have hit that cut-off point - will be supported on PS5. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/ps5-conference-coming-soon-ign-daily-fix"] We may learn more about this very soon, with an unannounced PS5 conference reportedly schedule for as early as next week. As for PS5 games, Sony has said we'll hear about a line-up "soon". It would appear Sony's pushing hard for cross-generation compatibility with this generation, with the majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles apparently slated to run on PS5. Microsoft is making the same kinds of promises - only yesterday, it said Xbox Series X would launch with "thousands" of games due to compatibility support with previous Xbox generations. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Joe Skrebels is IGN's Executive Editor of News. Follow him on Twitter.

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