So…Sony’s finally let the cat out of the damn bag and finally revealed the specs of the much hyped Playstation 5.

…and it’s pretty much on par with the Xbox Series X.

I don’t know which one is faster or powerful per se (I’ll let the experts duke it out for that) but what I do know is that neither has the clear advantage, like back in the day of the PS2 vs the OG Xbox.

What I was hoping for more of, was talk of backwards compatibility.

In that sense, Sony completely fumbled.

Yes, they claim that the PS5 is backwards compatible…

BUT (and a major but this is)…only with select PS4 titles.

No, they didn’t name them, but apparently only about 100 most played games (according to game time) will be playable on the PS5 come launch day. The rest have to be tested out and will be rendered playable on a case by case basis.

How long is that? We don’t know.

That basically is a giant middle finger if you’re a fan of obscure or niche games. Love Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters Daybreak: Special Gigs? Or how about one of the Earth Defence Force games? PixelJunk Monsters 2? Super Robot Wars? SD Gundam G Generation games?

Chances are you won’t be playing them any time soon on the PS5.

Hey, at least you’ll be able to (probably) play FIFA 20 or Call or Duty: Modern Warfare…again.

On the other hand, here’s what Microsoft’s announced for their Xbox Series X.

…they committed themselves to ensuring the thousands of games on Xbox One, including Xbox 360 and original Xbox games, will play even better on Xbox Series X.

Xbox.com

Read that a moment and let that sink in.

Thousands of games, across three generation of consoles.

Yet Sony can apparently only manage a hundred? What about the older Playstations? Will their games be compatible too? Nobody knows, because Sony’s not telling.

Of course, some will say that Microsoft did that too, when it was drip releasing backwards compatible titles for the Xbox One. True, but the circumstances were completely different (not on a brand new console generation) then.

While things may look brighter for the PS5 in the future, at the moment, Sony’s reluctance to share info is only shining the light even brighter on Microsoft’s machine.

With time running out, they better play more of their cards lest the gaming public (except for the diehard Sony fans) abandon them for greener pastures (and boxes),

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Sal's been in the industry since the early 2000s. He's written for a ton of gaming and tech publications including Playworks, Hardwarezone, HWM and GameAxis. Recently, Sal served as a juror for the Indie Game Awards at the Taipei Game Show. A geek and hardcore gamer, Sal will play everything, on any platform.

Sal's been in the industry since the early 2000s. He's written for a ton of gaming and tech publications including Playworks, Hardwarezone, HWM and GameAxis. Recently, Sal served as a juror for the Indie Game Awards at the Taipei Game Show. A geek and hardcore gamer, Sal will play everything, on any platform.