There’s an update to the P.T. Silent Hills PlayStation 5 saga. Initially, there was a report from a Konami representative suggesting the demo wouldn’t be among the backwards compatible programs for the PS5. Some people suggested that this situation could change and perhaps a data transfer would make it possible. Now, Polygon’s Michael McWhertor confirmed, via early access to a system, that P.T. PS5 compatibility isn’t available.
McWhertor went through an experience that involved it being playable, it not working, and a Sony representative saying “a publisher decision” led to it being a PS4 only game. McWhertor offered an exact date and noted that the Silent Hills demo was playable on October 24, 2020. He then said it was listed as “playable on PS4” as of November 2020. While Polygon co-founder Russ Frushtick was noted as having the trial on a PS5 SSD, McWhertor said he couldn’t even transfer the application anymore after a factory reset.
P.T. Silent Hills would have been the Hideo Kojima, Guillermo del Toro, Norman Reedus, and Konami Silent Hill game. It was a gamescom 2014 announcement that ended up being canceled about a year later in 2015, which led to the demo being pulled from the PlayStation Store. However, people who had it downloaded and saved to a system could still play it, so long as they didn’t delete it.
The PlayStation 5 will launch on November 12, 2020 in Australia, Japan, North America, and South Korea, and it will appear in the rest of the world on November 19, 2020.