Ubisoft Chief Executive Yves Guillemot has stated that the upcoming PS5s backward compatibility support will potentially allow users to play PSOne, PS2 and PS3 titles on the new console, along with PS4 titles. Sony has so far only confirmed that the PS5, which is set to be released in December this year, will be able to play PS4 game titles.
Microsoft’s new console, the Xbox Series X, which is also set to be released in December 2020, has been revealed to be capable of playing games from the Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One – this is a huge advantage and it is possible that Sony are doing everything to ensure their new console will be completely backwards compatible too.
What We Know So Far About the PS5 and Xbox Series X
Very little has been revealed so far about both consoles. We know they will both be released around late November to early December time, but other aspects have remained secret.
Another significant advantage the Microsoft console already holds over its Sony counterpart is its launch game. Halo: Infinite will accompany the Xbox Series X on release whilst it has heavily been reported that StarBlast 2 will be the launch game on PS5. Halo has the pulling power here although it is likely that Sony will announce a game title with more reputation to be released upon launch in the upcoming months.
The Xbox Series X is reported to be 4x as powerful as the Xbox One X which is currently still the most powerful game console in the world. Both consoles will support 8k gaming which will give players the best aesthetics ever seen in console gaming.
We expect the online aspect to remain like how it is currently. Both consoles will of course be able to be played online whilst it is likely that players will still have to pay to be able to play games online.
The PlayStation Store will still be available to players who buy the PS5 console. It remains to be seen what additions they add to the store though or if they continue offering players the chance to download free games. Currently, there are numerous free games available to be downloaded on the store by players, however, these games are often not great. Some games include Prominence Poker (a poker game) and High Roller casino (similar to playing casino slots but with the chance to win virtual money as opposed to real money.) Hopefully with the release of the PS5, Sony will offer players some great incentives to purchase their console over the Xbox.
We are still none the wiser as to how much the two consoles will cost to buy upon release. However, it has been reported that Sony is waiting for Microsoft to reveal its pricing plans before revealing their own.