PlayStation 5 Introduces Backward Compatibility Gradualism: Not All Titles Will Be Available Upon First Release

PlayStation 5 Introduces Backward Compatibility Gradualism: Not All Titles Will Be Available Upon First Release
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There are some things out there that you don’t need to be told twice about, and two of those things are death and taxes. But as it turns out, a lot of you are going to need to be told about all of this crazy stuff going on with the latest addition to the PlayStation landscape: The PlayStation 5. That’s right. There is some trouble going on in PlayStation town, and the trouble is all about the slow rollout of what we gaming nerds like to call “backward compatibility.”

When the super awesome next-gen PlayStation 5 was finally announced a few months ago, players around the world could not stop rejoicing. Literally. There were riots in places like Chile, and in America, the collective cries of the gaming universe raised upwards to the heavens. We were all immensely happy and excited, and things were great. One of the biggest promises made by the tech bros at Sony was that all of the games on previous consoles would be available for play on the PlayStation 5. So-called backward compatibility would mean no more wasted video games. Well, guess what? It wasn’t backward compatibility as much as it was backward compatibility gradualism.

“With more than 4000 games published on PS4, we will continue the testing process and expand backward compatibility coverage over time,” a Sony executive announced in a major post on the official PlayStation blog today.

While it is true that the big-time executive from Sony believes the top 100 games in the PlayStation 4 arsenal will be available for immediate play on the latest PlayStation 5 console upon the first release, it will actually take a lot of time for the guys in the tech lab to get around to making the rest of the games available for play on the amazingly fast and durable PlayStation 5. This is gonna cause a lot of problems for those mega gamers out there who have their cult classics all lined up for immediate play upon release.

We’re, of course, talking about the bros who live in the basement and never come out. The ones who sit around all day playing games. But for the rest of us, it’s not really that big of a deal. And, in fact, we are used to gradualism in our politics and in our daily lives. We refuse justice unless it is delivered step-by-step. That’s how we take it.

The PlayStation 5 will be released Holiday Season of this year along with its main competitor, the Xbox Series X. Be sure to cop it if you happen to be into backward compatibility gradualism.