The next-gen floodgates have opened, and we now finally know the price and release date of the PlayStation 5. The system will launch on November 12, but the launch line-up isn’t huge. However, you’ll be able to play various PlayStation 4 games on the system from launch, and it sounds like backwards compatibility will run deeper than we initially thought.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan said that backwards compatibility has been tested with “thousands” of games, and that most of them work. In fact, the figure he gives is “99 percent,” meaning that it will be rare for a PS4 game to not work on Sony’s new console.
Sony initially confirmed that the PS5 will be able to run most of the “top 100” PS4 games, but later said that the system will support an “overwhelming majority” of PS4 games. 99% is certainly an overwhelming majority.