​The Next PlayStation Console Is Backwards Compatible

Sony is finally officially talking about its next console and it has some amazing features. We've already written about its new graphics chip and loadscreen-killing hard drive, but the feature we can get really excited for is that the PlayStation 5 (of whatever it ends up being called) will be backwards compatible.

The next PlayStation console will be able to play all your PlayStation 4 games. Plus, for those of you have have bought into PlayStation VR, your virtual reality headset will work on the new console.

Along with the ray tracing tech that will allow for very pretty games on the new console, the same technology can be used to make much more realistic audio. Something that can be used to make VR experiences even more engaging. Though, the new console's lead architect Mark Cerny wouldn't say much about new experiences on PSVR. "I won't go into the details of our VR strategy today," he told Wired, "beyond saying that VR is very important to us and that the current PSVR headset is compatible with the new console."

Apparently, because the next-gen console is built on PS4 architecture, it will still take discs. This is interesting to note, considering that Microsoft is rumoured to be about to launch an Xbox One S that doesn't have a disc drive, signalling the company's intentions to move away from physical media. Meanwhile, Sony is sticking with physical discs and disc drives.

Sony isn't attending E3 this year and the new console isn't due out in 2019 so it might be a while until we hear more about the next PlayStation console. Hopefully, there will be some sort of reveal event this year, even if the console itself won't be out until 2020.

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Julian Benson

Senior journalist at GAMINGbible. Former deputy editor of PCGamesN and news editor of Kotaku UK. Written for Eurogamer, PC Gamer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Wired, and GamesMaster. Author of 'Rags, Bones and Tea Leaves'. Contact: [email protected]

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