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Is the PlayStation 5 going to be backwards compatible?

Published: 8/Oct/2019 23:20 Updated: 9/Oct/2019 0:29

by Isaac McIntyre

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Sony has revealed its plans for backwards compatibility on the PlayStation 5, set to be released in 2020, and which former releases players might expect to see returning to the upcoming next-generation console.

The fifth generation of the PlayStation console line has now been confirmed to be aiming for a holiday 2020 launch, and is set to bring a host of new features for gamers, including a new “adaptive” Dualshock controller, and a ‘Pro’ option for hardcore players.

One major feature fans have been awaiting news of is whether they’re previous purchases on the PS4 and earlier will still be available to play on the next release, and Sony has finally revealed the future of backwards compatibility in a recent investors meeting.

A leaked design allegedly isn’t far off what the PlayStation 5 will look like at launch.

As well as confirmation that some PS4 games would be able to be played on the PS5 from release, Sony president Jim Ryan stated the developers were also discussing the prospect of cross-gen gameplay between PS4 and PS5 owners.


“Backwards compatibility, in a networked era, becomes something that is incredibly powerful,” the company’s CEO said according to GamesRadar.

“Because the gaming community is somewhat tribal in its nature, backwards compatibility gives us the opportunity to migrate (them) from PlayStation 4 to next-gen using the ability to play the PS4 games they have on their next-gen console,” he said. “We think it’s incredibly important.”

SonyThe PlayStation 4 launched without backwards compatibility in 2013.

There’s also a chance the PS4-PS5 connection may only last long enough for the 2020 release to get off the crowd, however. While the PlayStation 3 was initially released with backwards compatibility for the generation behind it, that feature was removed in later versions.


The Japanese company took another step away from supporting old games with its eighth console release in 2013, completely stripping the PS4 of all native backward compatibility. The platform has seen original PlayStation 1 and 2 classics remastered and re-released since then, but nothing in regards to proper pre-generational support.

A ‘Pro’ version of the PlayStation 5 could be releasing alongside the console’s main launch.

While many fans will be celebrating the fact that the PS5 will be looking backwards, there have also been plenty of newly announced features that will carry it into the future as well.

During the console’s initial reveal, Sony confirmed it will be boasting an SSD, ray-tracing technology and up to 8K playback as some of its headline features, alongside the much-lauded new Dualshock controller bundled with the platform.

There have also been rumors that the Japanese developers are planning on releasing two consoles rather than just one — the shelf-standard PlayStation 5, and a ‘Pro’ model that will release a higher price point with “beefed up specs.”

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10 Pokemon that players refuse to catch in Pokemon Go

Published: 1/Dec/2020 15:20

by Daniel Megarry

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With four years since Pokemon Go released, gamers have had more than enough time to decide which Pokemon they love and which ones they hate – and there are some very strong opinions out there.

While players of Nintendo’s popular mobile game can probably all agree that stumbling across another Pidgey isn’t exactly the most thrilling encounter, there are some more unexpected choices that fans will do their best to avoid.

Despite the franchise’s Gotta Catch ‘Em All slogan, a recent thread on the Pokemon GO subreddit saw players share the Pokemon that they absolutely refuse to catch. The answers range from the “annoying bird” Murkrow to the “piece of garbage” Sunkern (ouch). User octropos sparked the debate and it’s fair to say some are unequivocal about their picks.

Check out 10 of the most disliked Pokemon in Pokemon Go below.

Bidoof

Bidoof Pokemon Go
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Bidoof may be cute but fans don’t rate it

Bidoof is one of the cutest Pokemon of all time, but not everyone is a fan. “For me it’s Bidoof,” wrote Reddit user octropos. “I can’t stand the noise it makes and I hate how stupid it looks.”

Poor Bidoof.

Cherrim

Cherrim in Pokemon GO
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Pokemon Go players aren’t sure Cherrim is worth the effort

Reddit user 47Dud3_ questioned the high frustration level of catching Cherrim when there isn’t much reward for doing so.

“They are annoying to catch because they even break out sometimes with a Golden Razz/Ultra Ball,” they complained. “Plus they can’t be shiny and have no meta relevance whatsoever. Gosh, I hate them so much.”

Zubat

Zubat in Pokemon Go
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Zubat definitely isn’t anyone’s favorite Pokemon

Zubat has largely been considered a filler Pokemon since the very first game dropped on the Gameboy back in 1996, and its reputation hasn’t been much different in Pokemon Go.

“I leave rocket battles when Zubat is gonna be the reward if I can avoid it,” admitted Reddit user immarlondait. “I can’t seem to hit it consistently and I’m too lazy to bring up the nanab berry to keep it still.”

Sunkern

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One Pokemon Go player called Sunkern a “piece of garbage”

The tiny Grass-type Sunkern is another Pokemon that hasn’t proven popular with players, and when compared to some of the most impressive and imposing creatures in the game, it’s not hard to see why.

“I was unlucky enough (in my opinion) to get a four-star Sunkern and I despise the little piece of garbage,” wrote Reddit user hitchicker42, while octropos joked, “that will be pokemon that would end up being eaten.”

Murkrow

Murkrow in Pokemon Go
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Murkrow is another Pokemon that doesn’t have many fans

Murkrow was bitterly reduced to the title of “the annoying bird” by Reddit user extreme39speed.

“I don’t care that I’ll never get its shiny,” they wrote. “I’ll get the delinquent medal platinum some other way. Cause since I got it gold, I steer away from the annoying bird.”

Exeggcute

Exeggcute Pokemon Go
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Exeggutor may be powerful, but Exeggcute doesn’t get much love

Exeggutor may be considered a powerful Pokemon in the game, but for some players, having to catch an Exeggcute and put the work in to evolve it almost isn’t worth the effort.

“Freaking Exeggcute. I hate how big it is and how little its catch circle is,” wrote Reddit user TheRobotYoshi. “I caught just enough to get a good Exeggutor and then I was done catching them forever.”

Gulpin

Gulpin in Pokemon Go
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Gulpin has been called “awful” by some players

The bizarre-looking Gulpin hasn’t received much love from players, with one calling it “so awful” and questioning how it was approved for the game.

“A couple [of] months back that’s all that was spawning for me. Hated. Every. Single. One,” Reddit user HiFraaands wrote. “Even worse I got a Hundo Gulpin. Great.”

Yanma

Yanma in Pokemon Go
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Yanma has been criticized for being too hard to catch

Bug and Flying-type Yanma has been criticized for being hard to catch by Reddit user Crafty_Leo, who wrote: “Yanma can not just stand still. Every time I throw a ball it’s either zooming around the screen or attacking me.”

Nosepass

Nosepass Pokemon Go
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Pokemon fans just don’t seem to like Nosepass

Nosepass has faced negativity from a number of players. Most of them didn’t give a reason, they just don’t like it. And that’s okay.

“My first red seal Pokemon was a Nosepass,” wrote Reddit user octropos. “Like, seriously? Out of all the Pokemon…”

Castform

Castform in Pokemon GO
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Castform has been cast aside by most Pokemon Go players

The Normal-type Castform is certainly a unique looking Pokemon, but that hasn’t won any favors with players, who aren’t quite sure what the point of having them around is.

“I wish they would evolve or something,” wrote Reddit user octropos. “They’re just so… whatever?”

You can follow the latest Pokemon Go leaks, updates, and new gen additions over on our Pokemon Go page.