My (maybe naive) assumption is that almost every PS4 game will work on PS5, but because there seem to be at least some outliers they can’t just come out and say “it’ll play everything,” because if they say “everything” and then “something” doesn’t work then all of a sudden they’re liable.
But I would still like them to like… show the storefront or something. Obviously I want my PS4 discs to work if I put them into the machine, but more than that I want to know that, if I turn on a PS5 and login to my account on that PS5, that all the software (at least from PS4 on) tied to my account is there to download if I want to. I don’t see why it wouldn’t be that way at this point, but…? Like, make it so that I only have to turn on a PS4 if I want to scare my neighbors with PT or whatever.
Honestly if I get one at launch I’m gonna be playing… Granblue Versus and Destiny 2. Both of which I own digitally on PS4. Can I just download those on my PS5, pull my save data off the cloud or whatever, and go? If not, that sucks. I’d get not having performance improvements, but I’d hope those games would still just work as well as they would on my PS4 out of the gate. This thing should just be a PS4 with new stuff on top. (Though I’m aware that Bungie at least has said D2 will get performance boosts on PS5 and will be crossplay with PS4 users.)
I know Jim is out there talking about “we believe in generations” or whatever, but it would be a questionable decision to piss away the community they built with the PS4’s success and just start fresh. Why risk it by not just letting people carry over all the games they paid you for?