As previously reported via BGR, the anonymous leaker reveals a number of exciting and innovative details about the PS5. Included in the list of items is one feature that, more than any other, represents what many console fans consider the “holy grail” of console features; compatibility. This includes easy transfers of downloaded games between PS4 and PS5 consoles along with save game data. The leaker notes that “Backwards compatibility with all PS4 games is also a big feature. Through a new transferring features, users will easily transfer their PS4 games to the PS5 if those games are downloaded. Save data/backups for PS4 games will also be transferable.”
This on its own is exciting because as fans of console gaming can attest, its great to buy a new console, but stinks to dump a boatload of cash on a console that doesn’t play the software you have for its older brother.
PlayStation 5 – Compatible with entire PlayStation Line of Games
However, the more fantastic nugget in all of this is the claim that “compatibility is such a major feature that games from all 5 PlayStation platforms (PS1, PS2, PSP, PS3, and PS4) will be compatible with PS5.” While the leak isn’t clear on the size nor the method by which this compatibility takes place, if true, this feature alone will grant Sony PlayStation and its fans bragging rights over Nintendo and Xbox.
Additionally, Sony will be bundling new consoles with a “3-month PS Now subscription with the PlayStation 5 in select regions.” While its not clear what “regions” might be subject to this give-away, it would be superior to the offerings currently included with new Xbox and Nintendo consoles.
Additional features on the software side of things included the ability to play PS5 games remotely with the console acting essentially as a host to stream games from, to various devices including a smartphone or computer.
PlayStation 5 – Price, Design and Controllers
On the hardware side of the house, the PS5 will feature “compatibility with DualSchock 4 controllers, PSVR, and other PS4 accessories.” Great news for owners who have invested quantities vast and small in upgrades to their PS4 consoles.
Pricing for the new PS5 console is rumored to be $499 with an anticipated pre-holiday season release date quoted as “October 2020.”
A grainy photo was also in the post showing a PS5 logo-embossed black console housing. This may be a concept design or a hastily snapped photo of a test unit sitting somewhere in Sony’s back offices. However, given the late 2020 release date, its easy to imagine that this is nothing more than an artists rendering and not a functional unit and final design.
Granted this is an anonymous post cobbled together in a string of brief comments and may be based on nothing more than rumor, speculation or some fan’s wishlist. Wishlist that it may be, its represents real possibilities that would set the PS5 apart from its competitors.