As we reported over the weekend, Sony needs to make it clearer when you’re playing PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 4 games. There have been an astounding number of reports this weekend from people who thought they were enjoying Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on the company’s next-gen console, only to learn they’re actually in backwards compatibility mode.
Here’s the problem: it’s possible to toggle between versions by pushing the Options button on the game icon, but the console actually defaults to the PS4 in cross-gen cases. In fact, even if you specifically download the PS5 version, you’ll probably end up with both copies installed, wasting precious bandwidth and storage space.
While you will see both editions in your Game Library, often only one version will show on the console’s main menu, which is usually the PS4. And you may not even notice the text stipulating that. As a result, you may end up playing the current-gen game without even realising it, which is pretty stupid.
Obviously, this is a complicated problem, but we reckon the platform holder can clean it up by being clearer about which version of the game you’re booting. We’d also prefer it if it stopped downloading both versions of the same title simultaneously; just let users grab the edition they actually want to play and leave it at that, please!