A growing number of people have been reporting that the PS5 official “launch” page on Playstation Iceland has been sneakily updated to remove a statement that the PS5 will “Play a back catalog of supported PS4™ games with system update.”.
We were able to confirm at the time of writing that the page indeed used to make a mention on PS4 backwards compatibility, and this statement has been removed.
The PS5 page as it appeared on the Iceland page on playstation, a few hours ago. This page has now been removed.
By comparison, what it currently looks like on the US site
Sony had announced earlier this year that the PS5 would be backwards compatible “for some titles”, giving the precision that all PS4 titles need to go through some extensive QA before being marked as compatible with the PS5.
It’s actually unclear if the statement was removed because PS4 backwards compatibility is not going to happen after all (it would not be the first time Sony make promise on backward compatibility that they cannot keep, for example with the PS Vita), or because they did not want to scare people about the “system update” part. The hidden meaning here being that PS5 would not have PS4 backwards compatibility at launch, something very reminiscent of what we saw with the PS Vita and PSP backward compatibility.
Sony are rumored to release more information about the PS5 next week though, so hopefully we’ll know soon enough about the status of PS4 games compatibility with the PS5.