Starting July 13, Sony is putting guidelines in place that new PS4 games being submitted for certification must be compatible on the PS5.
With the second half of 2020 drawing near, despite the uncertainty around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sony is beginning to set its path forward towards the release of the PS5. With the system planned to arrive this holiday season, the company is setting its sights on moving forward to its next-generation console, and that seems to include the guidelines in place for new PS4 games.
In a report from Eurogamer, Sony has seemingly outlined with developers that new PS4 games that are submitted for certification after July 13, 2020 must be compatible with the PS5 once they release. Seemingly, this would mean that any new games being submitted must be able to run on the new system’s hardware without any issues, and with a feature set that is comparable to the game’s PS4 version. According to Eurogamer, this would also apply to any game updates or patches that are released for the title after its launch, to bring both versions to parity with one another.
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The report also states that Sony will be contacting developers with details on testing compatibility for their games with PS5. Eurogamer clarified that these new guidelines from Sony will apply to games that are submitted for certification after July 13, 2020; if a title or update was submitted prior to that date for certification, compatibility with PS5 hardware won’t be required, but instead “strongly recommended.” After that July date, any software submitted will require PS5 compatibility and “must stay so” with future updates or patches.
As many games enter the certification process several weeks or months prior to their release, this new guideline most likely won’t have a huge effect on games releasing this summer once the July 13 cutoff by Sony is passed. However, moving forward, it appears likely that we’ll see more games coming later this year offering support for both PS4 and PS5 once they release with these new certification requirements. Sony has previously confirmed that the PS5 will offer backwards compatibility with PS4 games, but at launch that support will only be for a select group of games that (presumably) will be expanded over time, much like Microsoft has done with the Xbox One and the upcoming Xbox Series X.
While the PS5 seems to be set for release later this year, Sony has officially announced that it will be holding a reveal event for the system next Thursday, June 4. Given that there is still a lot we don’t know yet about Sony’s next-gen system, next week’s event seems like the moment we have been waiting for as Sony pulls back the curtain on the long-awaited PS5.
The PS5 is currently expected to arrive in holiday 2020.