Will PS5 games work on PS4? Sony says PlayStation 4 will NOT support PlayStation 5 games

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The PS5 reveals are due to be coming up soon, with Sony hyping up a series of PS5 live-stream events. And while we know a lot about the console, we don't know everything.

Along with information like the PS5 price, PS5 release date, and the PS5 console design, there are still a few other things that we've yet to find out.

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Microsoft recently proposed that Xbox Series X games could be playable on Xbox One, as a way of keeping current-gen fans happy, especially if they can't afford a new console.

Well, Sony has weighed in on whether or not they'll be following suit...

Will PS5 games work on PS4?

Gamesindustry.biz recently had a chat with Kim Ryan, the CEO and president of Sony Interactive Entertainment.

In the interview, he was asked if PS5 games would work on PS4, and responded like so: "We have always said that we believe in generations. We believe that when you go to all the trouble of creating a next-gen console, that it should include features and benefits that the previous generation does not include. And that, in our view, people should make games that can make the most of those features."

Which is a very long-winded way of saying no, PS5-exclusive games will not run on PS4. Sony thinks that focusing on the new generation is more important because they've gone through the trouble of creating one.

READ MORE: The full list of PS5 games

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Could PS5 games work on PS4?

It's unlikely it would even be possible, due to the increase in power between the two generations. Were it to work, it would likely mean that you'd have to sacrifice a lot of the improvements that the PS5 promises in its games.

We all remember how some games were held back because they were made to be cross-generation. Just think about the issues in some of the early PS4 and Xbox One games, all because they also had to work on PS3 and Xbox 360.

Hopefully not doing this will mean fewer issues - the PS5 will be the home of Sony's biggest new games, and those games will be able to make the most of the high-end PS5 tech. However, PS4-owners that don't upgrade may feel left behind...

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