The PlayStation 5 will allow players to transfer saves from their PlayStation 4 games to the new console. Traditionally, when a new console arrives, players have to buy new versions of games and start from the beginning if developers make games for both systems. Saved games don't transfer over, which is why a lot of gamers wait until well after a new console's release to purchase the machine.
That will change with the PS5: recent patents filed by Sony not only hinted at backward compatibility, but the company has since confirmed that PS5 owners will be able to play PS4 titles on the new system. The PS5 will also improve the performance of older games, with technology that will reduce loading times and make games run a lot faster on the PS5 than on the PS4.
However, the PlayStation 5 takes its backward compatibility concept even further. CNET reports that the new system will also let players transfer saves from PS4 games to the PS5, allowing for a seamless integration onto the newer console. Although Sony hasn't been clear on how this new technology will work, it should help make the transition from the PS4 to the PS5 easy for many who might have previously hesitated on buying a new system.
This is a new concept for PlayStation and could certainly come in handy with game franchises, such as Dragon Age, that allow gamers to import previously saved games into new games to set up the story for the new title. The PS5 will also come with an SSD, as well as provide support for 4K graphics. Sony also has plans to improve its PlayStation Now game streaming service, which will benefit from the partnership Sony recently announced with Microsoft to work on Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing service.
The PS5 has already boasted some impressive specs and features, enough to make it one of the most highly-anticipated next-generation consoles. Being able to transfer saves from the PS4 is just another feature that should encourage early adoption when the PS5 becomes available, presumably as early as 2020. With backward compatibility being such a huge selling point, doubling-down on functionality that mimics it is yet another informed decision from Sony that should have console fans feeling optimistic about the future of the platform despite heavy competition from streaming services like Google Stadia.