According to Konami, the Silent Hills demo PT can’t be redownloaded onto the PS5, which may dash hopes of backward compatibility.
With its release back in 2014, PT — the “playable teaser” for Kojima Productions’ ill-faited horror title Silent Hills — instantly became one of the most terrifying horror experiences of the generation. The captivating demo title was only available for a short time on the PlayStation Store before being delisted by Konami in 2015 after Silent Hills‘ cancellation, leaving the game stranded on PS4 for those that have already downloaded the game. However, with the PS5 coming next month, it seems PT will continue to be left behind on the PS4 with no option to redownload it onto the system.
GamesRadar reports that according to a confirmation by Konami, PT will be unavailable to redownload on the PS5 due to its delisting on the PlayStation Store. A Konami representative stated that “the content will not be available on the PS Store, so users won’t be able to re-download the content through the backwards compatibility feature to the PS5.”
I’ve confirmed with Konami that PT won’t be backwards compatible with the PS5 https://t.co/5ghQLhfvw2
— Hirun! (ヒルン) (@HirunCryer) October 19, 2020
Initially released in August 2014, PT was removed from the PlayStation Store in April 2015 after Konami officially cancelled development of Silent Hills. As a result, players couldn’t redownload the title from the PlayStation Store, leading many to find alternate ways to bring the game to their system alongside a string of fan remakes on PC in attempts to preserve the title.
However, the report from GamesRadar doesn’t specifically confirm whether players may be able to bring the title over to PS5 by directly transferring it from a PS4 console or external hard drive containing the game files. As Sony confirmed that the PS5 will support external storage to play PS4 games, this may be a potential workaround if the PS4 game is able to be played on a PS5 console, but there’s no direct way of knowing that until the system is available after launch. However, Konami’s language may insinuate that since the game is no longer being hosted on the PlayStation Store, the PS5 may not be able to access and play the title even with the files being transferred locally to the system.