There are so many rumours about the PlayStation 5 but the big talking point is backward compatibility. People are super excited that maybe, just maybe you’ll be able to play your back catalogue of PS4 and maybe even PS3, PS2 and the original PlayStation games.
Sounds great, right? A trip down memory lane playing old favourites (Destruction Derby anyone?) without having to search on an auction site for an original or even worse, trying to find a TV that will take the scart connection from your old hardware.
But…there’s a catch. What if backwards compatibility hinders Sony and slows down progress and innovation and steals the joy of remastered classics from us gamers that missed it first time around?
Remastering games is something Sony has recently focused on, growing the range of remastered classics. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered was a huge hit when it released in 2016 with players and critics of the franchise praising the release.
Games like CoD, which were runaway successes first time around often garner a greater reaction with remastered releases. Another example of a ‘remastered’ classic on PS4 was GTA 5. It is wild to think that this initially released on PS3. GTA fans have followed GTAV after the release playing this remastered classic on the PS4. It is hard to believe the PS4 would be one of the most successful consoles without this remastered gem.
Whatever the PlayStation 5 brings us we are sure that it will be just as successful maybe even better than its predecessors.
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Written By Jessica Clarke – Associate Writer at Dart Frog Gaming