PS4 Games Without PS5 Backwards Compatibility Could Be Patched, Suggests Dev

PS4 Games PS5 Backwards Compatibility

Next-gen gaming is almost here and PlayStation 5 is among the incoming consoles aiming to usher in the impressive new era. While the hardware offers an assortment of evolved features such as super-fast SSD storage and controllers with haptic feedback, one of the most long-awaited inclusions has been the addition of backwards compatibility, allowing users to continue playing games from the soon-to-be last-gen PlayStation 4. While Sony asserts that 99% of titles will support the feature, a handful of PS4 games have nonetheless been declared “not playable” on the PS5, seemingly offering little hope for their next-gen arrival.

However, a recently-surfaced developer message might provide hope for these titles after all. Victor Blanco Ruiz, the lead developer of PSVR title DWVR, recently left a series of comments on Reddit (H/T VGC) suggesting PS4 games without PS5 compatibility may be able to fix their situation with a simple patch. In response to the news that DWVR wasn’t playable on PS5, the dev revealed he was currently “working on a patch to fix the issue” and hopes it might be completed “before PS5 releases.” In addition, he suggested the problem was “quite weird” as the VR project employs the same Unreal Engine used by numerous PS5-compatible games.

With the “overwhelming majority” of the PS4’s 4000+ library playable on PS5, the notion that “unplayable” PS4 games could work with a simple patch is surely exciting and could open the door for 100% backward compatibility if properly addressed by Sony. Though performance will vary from game to game, some backward compatible titles are able to benefit from extra enhancements such as Game Boost mode, potentially offering higher or more sustained frame rates for select titles. It’s unknown whether DWVR might be primed for this feature, but Ruiz expressed his desire to see it happen if or when the VR title is made compatible with the PS5.

The PlayStation 5 is confirmed to launch on November 12th, with a worldwide release set for November 19th.

What do you think? Are you curious about the possibility of more PS4 games coming to PS5 Backwards Compatibility? Which game would you specifically like to see added next? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:

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