P.T. not playable on Sony’s Playstation 5?

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Hideo Kojima’s P.T., the playable teaser of the now-canceled Silent Hill series, will not be playable on Sony’s newest gaming console, the Playstation 5. Konami had apparently removed its compatibility before the launch of the console.

P.T., which was released on 12 August 2014 for free on the Playstation 4, was dear to the fans of the Silent Hill franchise— not only because it was directed and designed by Hideo Kojima along with Hollywood director Guillermo Del Toro, but because it was the last installment of a series for which further sequels are not possible, after the split in its production company. Post-split, Konami had removed it from the Playstation store, and it was almost impossible for players who had the game on their console to download it again.

A warning screening explaining that PT is not playable on PS5 through backward compatibility
Source: Polygon
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Curiously enough, it was transferable and playable back in October—reviewers who received their consoles early had reported that they could transfer it from the Playstation 4, and the game worked just fine. But Polygon’s Michael McWhertor has reported that, after being forced to do a factory reset of the console, the teaser was not playable anymore; nor could it be transferred from another device. P.T. is now listed as “Playable on PS4”.

A screenshot of the Game Library section on PS5, showing an installed copy of P.T.
Source: Polygon

On Sony’s Playstation website, there is a list of PS4 games that would not be supported on the PS5— P.T. was not one of them, and fans had hope. Konami themselves had said that it was testing its PS4 games for backward compatibility on the PS5 back in October. But this does not seem to extend to the now iconic interactive teaser.

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Sony has told Polygon that it was a “publisher decision” to remove the game’s backward compatibility—Konami has specifically blocked its ability to be played on new devices.

Sony has also recently confirmed that the PS5 will not support expandable SSD storage upon its launch.

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