PlayStation 5 Isn't Backward Compatible With PS1, PS2, or PS3 Games

Ruben Fields
September 20, 2020

Sony has finally outlined its stance on older games running on PlayStation 5, and it's not exactly the news we were hoping to hear. "In the midst of that, the [PlayStation 4] already has 100 million players; we thought they ought to want to play PS4 titles on the PS5 as well indeed, so we included compatibility with the PS4".

The interview noted the surprising reveal of the PlayStation Plus Collection during the PS5 conference, which will bring a library of the PS4's best games to the console, available to PlayStation Plus subscribers for free.

People who subscribe to Sony's PS Plus subscription service (a requirement for playing online) will receive a large slate of PS4 games, including some of its biggest first-party releases alongside a selection of third-party titles. With this, PlayStation 4 users will be able to enjoy newly-released console games no matter the console they are on.

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"So, unfortunately, we could not achieve compatibility with those formats", Ryan added. While PlayStation has yet to confirm backwards compatibility with the PS3 and earlier, there have been a number of patents suggesting that Sony may be working on a solution. Both the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition will launch on November 12th for the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea.

Making Observer: System Redux available for next-gen console players has been a huge focus for the team. Furthermore, backward compatible games titles will look and play better on newer consoles.

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