PS5 release date update: PS4 backwards compatibility coming? Developer speaks out

The PS5 is coming and the release date for the successor may be sooner than you think.

It has long been rumoured that the PS5 could have a release date as early as 2019.

And more fuel has only been added to this fire since Sony revealed there will be no PSX event this year, with fans speculating the reasons for it.

One theory is the PSX no-show may be a sign that the Japanese tech giant are keep their cards close to their chests as they gear up for a big PS5 reveal.

The news came around the same time that respected analytical firm Ace Securities said the PS5 could be revealed in 2019.

Ace Securities said: “PS5 will be introduced at the end of 2019”.

They did add if: “Procurement is difficult, there is a possibility that it will deviate from the end of the assumed 2019 year.”

And as fans speculate about the PS5 one developer has spoken out and given their hopes for the next gen console.

Jon Flook, from Silver Dollar Games, is the designer of indie beat ’em up One Finger Death Punch 2.

And he has given one of his hopes for the next generation of consoles like the PS5 and Microsoft’s Project Scarlett.

Backwards compatibility will surely be top of many PS4 fans wish list for the PS5.

With so many great games out of the PS4 right now, it will be a real bonus to be able to play those games on the PS5 also.

Backwards compatibility on the PS4 for PS3 games is only possible through the streaming PlayStation Now service.

While Microsoft are ahead of Sony in this department, offering backwards compatibility on Xbox One for Xbox 360 and original Xbox physical games.

Whether the PS5 features backwards compatibility remains to be seen, but Flook is hoping it will be straightforward to port PS4 games over.

Speaking to GamingBolt, he said: “Porting games to consoles is always a difficult process with little documentation to help.

“I’m hoping the next generation of consoles makes it easier for indies.

“We spend hours sifting through forum posts looking for help with often little results.

“A comprehensive porting document at launch would be great for developers like us.”

In other PS5 news, revealed one dev’s hopes for the next generation of consoles.

WWE 2K19 executive producer Mark Little had a surprise request for hardware manufacturers like Sony and Microsoft.

Speaking exclusively to, Little said that he wants the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett to launch with better media.

“Literally, having blu-rays as our media is challenging, because the advent of 4K gaming means everything is getting better and bigger and bigger, and we try to add more content every year,” he said.

“One of the challenges we have every year is how do we try to fit everything on to a blu-ray, and then how do you load it fast enough, because you’re literally talking 50GBs of data.

“It seems like a funny problem to have, but it is one of those challenges we face, and we talk to the hardware guys about it and they’re like, ‘yeah, that’s hard’.”