Backwards compatibility is one of the PS5’s most prominent features, but unfortunately it seems like it won’t be accommodating a beloved demo from the previous generation.
According to a report by Polygon, Konami has seemingly barred access to the playable teaser of their now cancelled Silent Hill reboot. Apparently the game was once accessible on the Playstation 5, but an abrupt change was made by update ahead of the console’s November 12th release. ‘At one point… it was both transferable and playable on PS5. I played P.T. on my PS5 in late October’ Polygon’s Michael McWhertor explained ‘But in the days leading up to Sony’s PS5 review embargo, the situation changed. P.T. is now listed as a “Playable on PS4” title, meaning it can’t be played on PS5. The writer had apparently contacted Sony for an explanation, to which they replied that the change was made through ‘publisher decision’. This leads one to conclude that Konami, unsurprisingly, were the ones responsible for the sudden drop of support.
Over the years, P.T. has achieved ‘legendary’ status within the gaming community. Despite being a very short demo, it delved into a concept of horror that was unique and genuinely terrifying at the time. Add to the fact that Hideo Kojima once led the production alongside Guillermo Del Toro, it was a reboot poised to truly revitalise one of gaming’s most iconic franchises. Unfortunately, following the controversial split between Kojima and Konami, the game never saw the light of day. Still, P.T. stands out as a notable title in its own right, and while it’s since been removed from the PlayStation store, anyone who still has the game installed should count themselves lucky.