An "extremely powerful" feature
Not just load times
According to a Sony patent that's recently been resubmitted, your PS4 games may end up running better than ever on PS5 through backwards compatibility. We already know that load times could be significantly decreased thanks to the next-gen console's processing prowess -- as evidenced by the Marvel's Spider-Man demo -- but it...
When you stop to think about it, this should be pretty obvious, but it's nice to have it confirmed by Sony all the same. Yes, PS5 players will be able to play with PS4 players thanks to backwards compatibility. If you nab a PS5 at launch but your PS4 friends don't, you'll still be able to enjoy your favourite online titles with...
An "extremely powerful" feature
Sony is placing huge stock in the PlayStation 5's ability to play PlayStation 4 titles. Backwards compatibility was one of the next-gen console's first confirmed features, and the Japanese giant thinks that it's absolutely crucial in appealing to its desired audience. As part of a question and answer session with...
Sony notes "seamless" jump
Unlike the transition from PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4, Sony wants existing players to experience a "seamless" jump from this generation to the next. We already know that the PS5 will be backwards compatible with PS4 games, and the Japanese giant hopes that this will make things a lot easier for everyone who buys into...
Cerny's back for more
Sony has filed another patent for a backwards compatibility system, in theory allowing the inevitable PS5 to play games from previous console generations. At the beginning of the month, a patent registered under Mark Cerny's name was discovered, supposedly pointing to a method of backwards compatibility that would, again, in...
Why would anybody play this?
Jim Ryan has been appointed the new President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, and PlayStation fans are worried. The divisive executive has been with the Japanese giant since the beginning, playing a key role in the company’s dominance of the European continent. But he’s also said a couple of silly things...
All previous PlayStation consoles covered
Sony has filed a patent for a method of backwards compatibility. Supposedly, the newly devised system -- as authored by Mark Cerny, the guy who designed the PlayStation 4 -- will allow the PS5 to run all previous PlayStation software. And yes, in theory, that covers PSone, PS2, PS3, and PS4 games. Too good...
But there's truth in his comment
Reasons you know E3 2017 is around the corner #5: an executive at a major gaming company just said a silly thing, and now there’s a fast-moving thread on NeoGAF about it. The latest humdinger comes courtesy of Sony Europe chief Jim Ryan on the subject of backwards compatibility, and it’s got people asking that...
We're starting to wonder whether Sony would have been better off not announcing any backwards compatability plans for PlayStation Vita at all
The fact that it's offering anything — albeit in the form of the clunky UMD Passport initiative — is just bringing out malice and moaning from online forum users. The latest brouhaha pertains to a list of compatible games published by the platform holder..
In addition to the announcement of its UMD Passport program, Sony has also detailed exactly how PlayStation Portable games will work on PS Vita
Similarly to full Vita releases, each PSP game will receive its own LiveArea screen. From here you'll be able to access the game and its digital manual where available. In-game you'll be able to toggle a...
Sony has released details of the first forty titles that will support its UMD Passport backwards compatibility initiative
The program — announced in Japan overnight — will allow those upgrading to PlayStation Vita to purchase digital versions of their UMD titles at a discounted price. Pricing for the discounted games will range from 500 yen (£4 / $6) to 1500 yen (£12 / $19). Sony has said..
The PlayStation Portable is still hot property in Japan
So naturally there's a bit of friction in the region about the PlayStation Vita's lack of UMD backwards compatibility. Sony's aiming to reduce that friction by announcing the PSP-Vita UMD Passport Program for the region. While not foolproof — it's better than nothing. The initiative will...
It's a discussion constantly on the minds of people upgrading to a new system. But it's an odd one really. The ability to play legacy titles is always welcome of course, but who actually upgrades their hardware to play old games? Still, it might not be an important issue to us, but it is to a lot of others. And so Sony's got a plan for PlayStation Vita. Seeing as the system..
Smoothing and dual analog supported
The NGP may not be able to play the soon-to-be-defunct UMDs powering the physical media of the PSP, but it will be able to play all the PSP games currently available for download on the PSN. Also, players will not be locked into the original control scheme of their title of choice, as the games will be able to...
If you were smart -- like us
you would have switched to purchasing all your PSP games via the PlayStation Network a long time ago. It was clear a few years back that Sony was making the switch towards digital downloads for its PSP releases.If you made the jump, then you're well prepared for the NGP. Sony has
For some reason people want to play PlayStation 2 games on their PlayStation 3
Now don't get us wrong, we get the convenience of being able to play all those old games on your PS3; we just don't get why it's such a necessity for some people. At the end of the day, if you need to play PS2 games, they still sell the last Sony console in most shops. Whatever. Gigazine's reporting a potential solution..
Here's some ammunition for your haters
Remember when the PS3 had no games? Yeah, that was your ammunition. Remember when the PS3 was too expensive? Yeah, that was your ammunition. Now those things have been rectified though, it's time to bemoan the lack of backwards compatibility. Seriously guys, you better go out and buy the XBOX 360 instead, because we're sure that system lets you play your PS2..
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