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Topic: Library Implementation

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Grindagger

Hi All,

I'm new here, so be nice

The topic of conversation i'd like to kick off about the PS5 is library integration, and how rules will apply to the console moving into the next gen.

In my mind, backwards compatibility will have immediate access to all previous purchased digital content, as well as playable discs that you own on any prior playstation model (Most importantly from the PS4 era, at least to begin with if not all previous generations).

I would then be interested to know how previous gen games will interact with new or upgraded versions of these games.

For instance. Take Final Fantasy XIV, the popular MMORPG. The game transitioned from PS3 to PS4, with the eventual complete shut down of the PS3 version, and the game now fully playable on PS4.

How will Sony treat functional upgrades for hardware modifications? Will it be a new PS5 version, that we pay for, or simply an adjustment for people playing on PS5 with no additional cost?

It seems there would be many ways to abuse this system from Sonys side, giving us access to pre bought material, only to gate new content, or graphical upgrades by creating new versions of the game. One would be frustrating, the other not really that much of a botherance providing I can still play my PS4 version of the game.

Basically, this will be remastered versions of their PS4 counterparts, but having two SKUs of the titles.

This leads me to my next question. Multiplayer. If a newer version of the game comes out, will they merge multiplayer lobbies, or keep them separate?

Also, what about DLC? If you own it on the original, do you have to pay for it when it's remastered?

The obvious answer would be yes, but it's hard to understand how this will pan out when you have a shop library which will hold two versions of many games (eventually).

This leads me to a further potential observation. Will Sony give access to their PS4 library, but not make it available to new PS5 customers. This would (from a business perspective) allow them to still promote remasters without people feeling the need to buy cheaper prior console versions of the games.

Either that, or remasters will have to reinvent themselves in order for them to be more appealing to purchase.

A lot of questions, and thoughts on this whole thing. Would be interested to see what everyone on this forum thinks.

Look forward to reading the replies.

Grindagger

KALofKRYPTON

@Grindagger
Hi.

I think the disc based access and store access for as much of the PS4 library will be included. I doubt we'll see disc based PS3/PS2/PS1 compatibility if I'm honest/realistic.

I don't think PS4 to PS5 generational remasters will be a thing actually. I also think you're worrying too much over the interplay between PS4 and PS5 versions of the same game. They'll either crossplay/save/purchase or they won't, probably on a title by title basis governed by the dev/publisher.

I'll only see myself in the market for a PS5 whenever my PS4 fails - so as long as I can access whatever worked on the PS4 without re-buying, I'm OK with that.

PSN: KALofKRYPTON (so you can see how often I don't play anything!)

Twitter: @KALofKRYPTON (at your own risk, I don't care if you're offended)

"Fate: Protects fools, little children, and ships named Enterprise." - Cmdr William T. Riker

Grindagger

@KALofKRYPTON

I think you may be right about me being a little too worried. But forgive me, I'm analytical by nature.

I think you're also right about the PS4 holding on for a longer shelf life than the prior generations.
Graphic progression (whilst still staggeringly good) is now more about creating the most realistic natural conditions, rather than overall composition of realism, as that plain is fast becoming an already accomplished feat.

Anyway, I digress. Vis-a-vis the backwards compatibility mode, I believe i read an article about Playstation patenting a backwards compatibility module that would allow for architectural implementation of all prior sony based consoles. However, I might of misinterpreted the articles content, and also it wasn't anything directly official from Sony themselves. Ultimately, this will remain to be seen, but if it's possible, I'm not going to say no. I do, after all, have a back catalog of games reaching back to the PS1.

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Grindagger

KALofKRYPTON

@Grindagger
Perhaps they may be going down some sort of FPGA route for PS1 (if that's even possible) - but I can't realistically see BC hardware being implemented for PS1 or PS2 - definitely not for PS3.

Most of the PS1 library can be emulated via brute force without any trouble - as could the PS2. But with the PS2 Classic implementation already in place and profitable - I doubt we'll see actual disc support going forward.

PSN: KALofKRYPTON (so you can see how often I don't play anything!)

Twitter: @KALofKRYPTON (at your own risk, I don't care if you're offended)

"Fate: Protects fools, little children, and ships named Enterprise." - Cmdr William T. Riker

KALofKRYPTON

@Grindagger

I'd take that with a deadly amount of salt!

Commercial concerns aside(digital classic sales on PSN).

If they can pull off emulating the PS3 to the point of being commercially viable, I'll go and buy a hat and eat it. It would be an amazing thing to see - but I'm still skeptical!

As I say, PS1 and PS2 is already very much possible. Only commercial issues have had them left out so far.

PSN: KALofKRYPTON (so you can see how often I don't play anything!)

Twitter: @KALofKRYPTON (at your own risk, I don't care if you're offended)

"Fate: Protects fools, little children, and ships named Enterprise." - Cmdr William T. Riker

Areus

One of things people always leave out of the BC conversation is the handhelds i would love to see PSP and Vita games being added to the storefront to be playable on ps5

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Areus

KALofKRYPTON

@KidBoruto Laurel & Hardy style! (liquorice) 😉

@Areus Licensing would halt a lot of that.

PSN: KALofKRYPTON (so you can see how often I don't play anything!)

Twitter: @KALofKRYPTON (at your own risk, I don't care if you're offended)

"Fate: Protects fools, little children, and ships named Enterprise." - Cmdr William T. Riker

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