This was confirmed by representatives of Sony.
Many journalists and bloggers who tested the PlayStation 5 and the backward compatibility feature on the console tried to launch a playable teaser of the canceled Silent Hills on the next generation console. And as some of them reported, initially PT could actually be started after transferring all the data to an external drive. However, this opportunity was soon lost.
Among others, this was noticed by the host of the YouTube channel Next Gen Base, as well as the columnist for the Polygon portal. When they tried to launch the game for the first time at the end of October, it worked properly, but this opportunity was soon lost.
At the end of the embargo on PS5 reviews, the game cannot be launched, and in the library it is marked as “Playable on PS4”. Even restoring the console to factory settings does not change the situation.
Apparently, Konami was asked to “disable” the ability to launch PT on the PlayStation 5: at least this is indicated by an official Sony comment. The company confirmed to Polygon that the change in teaser backward compatibility is a “publisher’s decision.”
Konami has previously stated that PT will not be available for backward compatibility on PS5, but it was unclear from the wording whether the game would be allowed to run from an external drive.
PT is a playable teaser for the horror movie Silent Hills, created by Metal Gear and Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. The demo was released on the PS Store in 2014, but after the cancellation of Silent Hills in 2015, the game was removed from the store. After that, only those who did not delete it from their console could play it.