PS5 fans may this week be treated to some big backwards compatibility news from Sony. This Tuesday marks a very big landmark for Sony with PlayStation celebrating its 25th birthday then. December 3 1994 was the date that the original PS1 launched in Japan, and with it the shape of gaming was changed forever.
And on the day this big anniversary falls Sony will be holding their latest PlayStation Awards event.
In previous years the PlayStation Awards was a Japanese event where developers and games were celebrated.
However this year Sony are shaking up the format, with it looking like the PlayStation Awards this year will be broadcast in English as well.
The news comes courtesy of a post by Push Square, and it has sparked rumours about what Sony could have up its sleeve.
There are murmurs that the PlayStation Awards 2019 could have a number of game reveals and updates on titles in development right now.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Sony do something big to mark the 25th anniversary of the PlayStation brand.
And there’s one reveal that Sony could have been saving for this big event.
It was previously rumoured that the PS5 will have backwards compatibility that covers the entire history of PlayStation.
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So, backwards compatibility not only for the PS4 but for the PS1, PS2 and PS3 as well.
The rumours were reported by GameRant earlier this year, with rumours sparked by Twitter user @PSErebus and a Vice journalist.
Tweeter PSErebus posted: “Do not dispose of, trade or sell your PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 games #Sony #PS #PS4 #PS5 #SonyPlayStation #PlayStation #PlayStation5 #PSX #PlayStationExperience #Holiday2020 #25YearsOfPlay #PlayStation25thAnniversary #PS5Anniversary”.
It’s unclear what the tweeter’s source is, but they did include hashtags about the PlayStation 25th anniversary.
This could be a sign that Sony may make the big PS5 backwards compatibility announcement on the day that PlayStation celebrates its 25th birthday.
The rumours were also backed up by Vice journalist Patrick Klepek who in a Waypoint podcast said: “Everything I’ve heard about the PS5 – this is going back full two years now – has been a huge emphasis on ‘history’ and that it’s going to be the sort of thing where it’s not just about the future, but also about the past; that means your ability to play lots of those games.”
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Seeing as the PlayStation Awards looks set to honour the console’s past it seems a perfect time to announce the rumoured backwards compatibility feature.
This all remains to be seen, but Sony has made plenty of big PS5 announcements this year so another reveal doesn’t seem out of the question.
This year Sony has confirmed that the PS5 will boast 8K and ray-tracing graphics and that the new controller will include haptic feedback technology.
The news was revealed in two separate announcements, with Sony also confirming the PS5 will have a release date during holiday 2020.
It remains to be seen if Sony does announce anything big during the upcoming PlayStation Awards event.
Either way fans will find out soon enough with the ceremony taking place at 8am UK time on Tuesday December 3.
Ahead of it in a post online Jim Ryan, the President and CEO of SIE, talked about the history of PlayStation.
Ryan said: “On 3rd December, 1994 – 25 years ago this week- the first PlayStation made its global debut in Japan. Starting from a humble beginning as an upstart within Sony, Ken Kutaragi and team delivered on a vision to elevate video games as a form of entertainment that everyone could enjoy, and to make a platform for game developers to express their creativity.
“The original PlayStation sold 100,000 units in Japan on its first day and went on to become the first-ever home console to surpass 100million units sold globally.
“We struck a chord with the gaming community because PlayStation offered experiences beyond what anyone could ever imagine was possible with a home console.
“From the very start, we opened our arms to developers, providing them with the tools and technology to create beautiful, expansive worlds, and to experiment with new ideas.
“That approach led to the diversity of games PlayStation is known for, a true hallmark for our brand across multiple generations of hardware platforms.”
Ryan added: “It’s truly humbling to see fans who grew up on PlayStation passing down their love of gaming to their children, who are now playing on PS4.
“On behalf of all of us at PlayStation – thank you for taking this journey with us. We can’t wait to celebrate what comes next with you!”
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