Sony has officially announced a PS5 game showcase for next week.
After numerous rumours and debates, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO and President Jim Ryan announced in a blog post today (May 29th) that Sony will be holding an online showcase on Thursday, June 4, 2020, to debut upcoming games.
Speaking about the bumpy launch of the console affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ryan touched on Sony’s previous reveal of the new DualSense controller before confirming the upcoming showcase and reiterating what we’ve all been thinking; “what is a launch without games?”
He said: “That’s why I’m excited to share that we will soon give you a first look at the games you’ll be playing after PlayStation 5 launches this holiday. The games coming to PS5 represent the best in the industry from innovative studios that span the globe.
“Studios, both larger and smaller, those newer and those more established, all have been hard at work developing games that will showcase the potential of the hardware.”
According to Ryan, the digital showcase will run for just over an hour and reiterated that the event is the first of money to come regarding the new console. He said:
“A lack of physical events has given us an amazing opportunity to think differently and bring you on this journey with us, and hopefully, closer than ever before. This is part of our series of PS5 updates and, rest assured, after next week’s showcase, we will still have much to share with you.”
The showcase can be watched on Twitch or YouTube on June 4th at 1 PM PDT / 9 PM BST / 10 PM CEST.
While Microsoft is working hard to allow for complete backwards compatibility across all Xbox console generations, Sony is pushing for all new PS4 games to be compatible with its PlayStation 5 console.
According to a report from Eurogamer, Sony has informed all PS4 game developers that from July 13th any new titles submitted for certification must be compatible with the upcoming console.
In developer documentation seen by Eurogamer, developers are given an option they must check to confirm that their game has been tested with PS5 hardware. The option was reportedly added at the end of April in a new version of the PS4 dev kit.
What’s more, the documentation states that Sony will contact developers individually to instruct them on how to test console compatibility. The Eurogamer report also stated that a game can only be confirmed compatible if it runs with zero issues on the PS5 console.
The documentation stated that games submitted for certification before July 13th, 2020, would not need to release PS5 compatible patches or remasters. However, it’s “strongly recommended” that all updates are compatible with the new console.
Meanwhile, patches and remasters for games submitted after July 13th, 2020, will need to be PS5 compatible because, according to Eurogamer, “Once a game is PS5 compatible, it must stay so.”
Although Sony hasn’t yet confirmed which PS4 games will be compatible with the new console, the tech giant has stated that around 100 of the PS4’s top games will work. It’s thought that upcoming first-party releases The Last Of Us Part II and Ghost Of Tsushima will be compatible with the new console, but this hasn’t yet been confirmed.
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