Sony's highly anticipated PlayStation 5 could support backward compatibility for titles from PlayStation 1, 2, 3 and 4, according to stunning reports.
PlayStation 4 system architect Mark Cerny had confirmed in April that the Japanese company was preparing to usher in its next-generation console.
And Cerny, who was the lead architect and producer on PlayStation Vita, recently confirmed that the PS5 would be backward compatible with PS4 titles.
Twitter user PSErebus has now added fuel to the fire by suggesting that PS5 could extend its backward compatibility to the previous generation of consoles from Sony.
PSErebus, who has a record of leaking PlayStation-related news, tweeted out at the end of September that players shouldn't "dispose of, trade or sell" their PS1, 2, 3 and 4 titles.
Do not dispose of, trade or sell your PlayStation:registered:, PlayStation:registered:2, PlayStation:registered:3 or PlayStation:registered:4 games #Sony #PS #PS4 #PS5 #SonyPlayStation #PlayStation #PlayStation5 #PSX #PlayStationExperience #Holiday2020 #25YearsOfPlay #PlayStation25thAnniversary #PS5Anniversary
- PlayStation (@PSErebus) September 30, 2019
Sony hasn't made an official comment about PS5 supporting backward compatibility beyond PS4.
But PSErebus did reveal the release date for Naughty Dog's eagerly awaited The Last of Us Part II ahead of its official confirmation.
And no one believed me :sob::sob::sob::sob::sob::sob::sob::sob::sob::sob::sob::sob::sob::sob: #PlayStation #PlayStation4 #PS4 #Sony #NaughtyDog #TLOU #TLOU2 #TheLastOfUs #TheLastOfUsPartII #TheLastOfUsPart2 #TheLastOfUs2 #TheLastOfUsII #OutbreakDay #StateofPlay https://t.co/aEjbkC5rWN- PlayStation (@PSErebus) September 24, 2019
Vice Gaming senior reporter Patrick Klepek also touched on the idea of PS5's backward compatibility and suggested that Sony would have big plans for it in the new console.
Klepek said on the Waypoint Radio episode 'Blizzard and the Hong Kong Protests': "Everything I've heard about the PS5 -- this is going back full two years now -- has been a huge emphasis on 'history' and that it's going to be the sort of thing where it's not just about the future, but also about the past; that means your ability to play lots of those games."
Sony has previously offered backward compatibility support for PS4 and PC through the subscription-based service PlayStation Now, which allows players to stream PS2, PS3 and PS4 titles.
And the Japanese company's fierce rival, Microsoft, has allowed Xbox One players to access plenty of Xbox and Xbox 360 titles that support backward compatibility.
Sony confirmed last week that the new console would officially be called the PlayStation 5 and will arrive in holiday 2020.
Jim Ryan, the CEO of Sony, said that one of the main aims of the company in the "next generation is to deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games, and we had the opportunity with our new controller to reimagine how the sense of touch can add to that immersion."
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