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PS5 backwards compatibility will let you play "supported PS4 games with system update"

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The PS5 (opens in new tab) could support backwards compatibility for its library of PS4 games in the form of new updates following the launch of the console itself, according to a now deleted update on PlayStation Iceland's website (opens in new tab)

As spotted via Reddit (opens in new tab), the recently updated official PS5 page (opens in new tab)  in Iceland originally stated that the upcoming next generation console will allow users to "Play a back catalog of supported PS4™ games with system update."

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The sentence has now been deleted, but suggests that or Sony will be following Microsoft's approach to playing legacy titles on its new console, and continually expand the number of supported back-compat games with new updates every few weeks. 

Alternatively, this could have just been a digital faux pas on PlayStation Iceland's part, and isn't a reliable indication of Sony's actual plans for its successor to the PS4. The company has already stated that over 4000 games will be supported by PS5 backwards compatibility (opens in new tab), and with most of the top 100 confirmed to be playable at launch. 

Relatedly, industry whispers are suggesting that PlayStation plans to host a digital PS5 event as early as next week, on June 3 (opens in new tab), in which more could be revealed about the PS5 price (opens in new tab), PS5 specs (opens in new tab), and slate of upcoming PS5 games (opens in new tab). Be sure to stick to GamesRadar to find out more as soon as any news arrives. 

For more, check out more upcoming PS4 games (opens in new tab) for 2020 and beyond, or watch our next gen episode of Dialogue Options below. 

Alex Avard
Alex Avard

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