PS5 launch week is finally here and Sony has clarified important points about the console through the PS Blog. The post first confirms that PS5 will be region-free. Then, you can import games from another country and they will run on the console.
It should come as no surprise that PS5 will support the PlayStation Now service. Although PS5 doesn’t support original PS3, PS2, or PlayStation game discs, at least there is still a way to play old games on the console.
Sony has long argued that the vast majority of PlayStation 4 games will work on PS5 with very few exceptions. Some Ubisoft titles may not work on the console, but in this case the details are not clear.
The multiplayer cross-gen function as default. ” Whether you’re playing a PS4 multiplayer game on your PS4 or PS5 (via backward compatibility), you’ll be able to play with other players on both consoles, ” writes Sony. It will be up to the developers to decide whether a specific PS5 version of the game will allow you to play with a friend who owns the PS4 version.
As for PlayStation Plus, Sony has confirmed that you will still receive two free PS4 games per month in the near future. ” Our goal is to regularly add PS5 games to the monthly game lineup,” the company said. PS Plus subscribers who have a PS5 will be able to claim Bugsnax for free starting this week. There is also a number of PS4 classics that you can redeem via the PlayStation Plus Collection.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) November 9, 2020
There will be no other color schemes for the console at launch, but variants of the DualSense controller will be available later. It won’t be possible to expand internal SSD storage at launch – you’ll have to wait for a software update that adds support for some M.2 SSDs, although you’ll be able to play PS4 games from an external USB drive.
While the PS5 will eventually be able to produce resolutions up to 8K, it won’t support 1440p, which might be a disappointment if you have a 1440p monitor. Additionally, HDR support is limited to HDR10 – no Dolby Vision or HDR10 + – while on the audio side, Dolby Atmos will be missing.
PS5 won’t have a dedicated web browser, but an app could possibly arrive in the future.