Eight months ago I asked what people wanted (actully needed) PlayStation 5 to be to be interested. Not what Sony was saying, but what you wanted...taht had to be there...and you coudl only choose one.
18% chose: "Low Price..."
11% chose: "Horsepower... to reach closer to high end PCs"
4% chose: "New rendering support for ray tracing ..."
44% chose: "Backwards compatibility for PS4 games and current PSVR - stable continuation of support and hardware ideas from last-gen into new-gen.
9% chose: Loading MUST BE addressed for modern games, faster loads are where they money should go not rendering or low prices"
So backward Compatibility was the run away choice. A fine choices, but most of you didn't want just what Mark Cerny said playing PS4 and PSVR, most of you asked for more of the catalog from all generations. I will admit I was dubious that Sony would do that, put in the engineering and effort to allow that.
Turns out maybe...maybe they will. It seems like the latest rumor is if we OWN the disc it might play. One woudl assume if there is a way to prove you bought the game digitally that might count, but that as not talked about - but I would assume they would address downloaded games from teh PS3 and PS4 generation, right?
The broad outline of the rumor is that Sony is working on two side of the issue - hardware and software. They will “remastering engine” for the PlayStation 5 that will allow the console to run PlayStation 1-4 games with some improvement. Improvement meaning displaying correctly on a 4K TV, load time improvements, and for early games 'smoothing of jaggies' one would guess - we can only guess though. The other part of the rumor being about hardware in that the PlayStation 5 GPU will have 'modes' to help in reading discs of previous generations and processing via special hardware (maybe).
That's fine with me, I won't use it, but I can see the selling point of that feature. The downside form most might be Sony won't be selling these games new unless they own them and have the rights to the sports team names...the music...the intellectual property, etc. Moreover, not all discs will probably work because PS1 and PS2 gamer were often developed with shortcuts and work-arounds. This seems like a system that is heavily on the physical disc being there, so that will limit what si available. They very fact they rumor hints that Sony was making sure hardware could rad discs and the hardware could interpret the software seems o point toward buying the old discs used or having them already.
So, would this be acceptable to those that wanted BC? After all, Sony might not sell these old games in any downloadable from and all might not work - this is the real world. Players might have to get the discs (damn Game Stop will be happy, right?); but is that a deal breaker PS 1-4 game discs play?