- Aug 25, 2020
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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.