Good news for us slow adapters here! Sony just confirmed that PlayStation 5 players will be able to play with PlayStation 4 players thanks to backwards compatibility. With the PlayStation 5 being compatible with PlayStation 4 games, it means you can play together with your friends no matter what Sony console you play on.
The feature was discussed by Sony’s recent investor relations question-and-answer session. John Kodera, vice president of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), highlighted the importance of the feature;
He said, â€œHaving compatibility is a positive thing. Not only can a game be played on the next-generation console, cross-generation â€“ the community can enjoy the games together… bridging that compatibility has a very important role to play.â€
Jim Ryan, president and CEO of SIE commented on the next-gen console’s backward compatibility, saying ‘the feature in a networked era is something thatâ€™s incredibly powerful.’
He also said that “The gaming community is somewhat tribal in its nature, backwards compatibility gives us the opportunity to migrate that community from PlayStation 4 to next-gen, using the ability to play the PS4 games that they have on their next-generation console [with] groups of 10, 20, 50 gamers.
We see this, given the size of the community that weâ€™ve been able to accumulate over all these years on PS4, as a really critical success factor for us – we think itâ€™s really important.â€
This bodes well for players who adopt the newer generation at a slower pace, giving flexibility to the players to upgrade, but at the same time allowing them to play together. It is definitely a great move by Sony to cater to the community.