If a tantalizing rumor is to be believed, Sony is on the cusp of fixing one of the worst things about buying a new video game console: the fact that games you’ve played and loved end up sitting on a shelf, collecting dust, because they’re not compatible with the new hardware.
Here’s what’s being reported: the upcoming PlayStation 5 will have the ability to play games released not just for the PS4 but also PS3, PS2, and the original PlayStation. Seriously.
The news comes courtesy of HipHopGamer, a video game vlogger for a hip-hop radio station—because that’s totally a thing!—with a track record of being right on this sort of thing, and he says in the Periscope video posted below that he “feels comfortable enough” to confirm these developments based on conversations with sources.
This would be a big development for anyone who’s been holding on to their copies of Resident Evil 2 and Final Fantasy VII for two decades or those who want to play as Michael Vick in Madden 2004. Hell, there’s even an absurd Star Wars fighting game called Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi, released in 1997 that totally still slaps. Oh, and remember Crash Bandicoot? What about the OG Tomb Raider?
And it gets even better. The “remastering engine” that would allow the PS5 to play games released during the Clinton administration would also enhance gameplay on those older titles with, for instance, support for 4K graphics.
PLAYSTATION 5: Remastering Engine For PS1 – PS4 Titles. Backwards Compatibility Enhanced https://t.co/myRtnbmZB1
— HOT97'S HipHopGamer LogitechG (@HipHopGamer) January 1, 2020
HipHopGamer points out that “Everything Everywhere” has been something of an ethos for Sony since June 2012. The “everywhere” part has manifested in consoles like the PS Vita and features like PlayStation Now, a cloud subscription gaming service, and Remote Play, which allow you to play PS4 games on smartphones, tablets, and computers. It would make a lot of sense for the “everything” aspect to include a console that could play every title ever released for all five PlayStation consoles.
The PlayStation 5 is expected to hit shelves in time for this year’s holiday season, so whether it’s at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show or later in the year, we won’t have to wait long to find out if this rumor is true. But if it is, block off some time on Christmas afternoon to rediscover the pleasures of the original LittleBigPlanet in glorious 4K.