There have been so many speculations and rumors regarding the upcoming PlayStation 5. However, there is nothing to speculate anymore as the company has confirmed all that there is to know. On September 16th, Sony officially confirmed the prices of the PS5. According to the company, the “Digital Version” will sell for $399.99. However, the version with an Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Drive will hit the shelves for $499. The pre-orders for these devices will commence on September 17th at “select retailers.”
Now, PlayStation CEO, Jim Ryan, has also confirmed to Famitsu that PlayStation 5 will not be backward compatible with PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 1 games. After months of rumors and speculation, PlayStation executives finally confirms that the upcoming next-generation game console will only be compatible with PlayStation 4 games. Even so, it will be 99% compatible with PS4 games. You can only hope that your favorite game is not part of the 1% incompatible PS4 games.
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Jim Ryan said: “PS4 already has 100 million players. We think it should indeed be compatible with PS4 games on PlayStation 5, so we include compatibility with PS4. While achieving this goal, we are also focusing on developing high-speed solid-state drives and the new controller DualSense. Therefore, unfortunately, we cannot achieve this (further downward) compatibility.”
As of now, it is not clear how PlayStation 5 backward compatibility will work with PlayStation 4 games. Yesterday, Sony announced a PlayStation Plus Collection service. This new service will allow PlayStation 5 users to access many classic PlayStation 4 games.
PlayStation 5 pre-orders are on
The pre-orders for the PlayStation 5 is already on. The first outright sale of these consoles will be on the 12th of November. The US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea will get this console on November 12th. Nevertheless, the rest of the world will get this device on November 19th.
There will be a huge battle in the market between Microsoft and Sony. The Xbox Series S (digital) has a $299 price tag. However, the Xbox Series X comes with a $499 price tag. The first official sales for these consoles will take place on November 10th. The main battle will be between the PlayStation 5 with an Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Drive and the Xbox Series X. Interestingly, these two consoles have the same price tag. The speculations were somewhat correct, the Xbox is $100 cheaper than the PlayStation 5. However, only the low version has this advantage.