Legacy support lacking outside of PS4 games
[Update: Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan has confirmed that PS5 won’t natively support PS3, PS2, or PS1 games through backward compatibility. We’ll see about digital re-releases, though.]
Don’t pack your original PlayStation 3 right away if you’re invested in PS3 games or backward compatibility with PS1 and PS2. If anything, superglue that sucker up – it’s not going anywhere.
While Sony hasn’t disclosed full details on the extent of backward compatibility on PlayStation 5, reading the room it looks like support for the “overwhelming majority” of PS4 games is our best bet on the new one. console and all the rest – PS1, PS2 and PS3 – is wishful thinking.
While this is not the end on the subject (and it would certainly be nice to have Sony clarity), according to one Ubisoft support page, backward compatibility “will be available for supported PlayStation 4 titles, but will not be possible for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 or PlayStation games”.
[Update: After widespread circulation, Ubisoft removed that sentence from the support page.]
The meaning of this formulation can be interpreted in different ways, so for comparison it is worth looking at the equivalent support page for Xbox Series X. As Ubisoft says, backward compatibility “will be available for supported Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Xbox titles” on Xbox Series X.
It is a stark contrast. I understand that BC support is not a priority for Sony and many gamers, but for those of us who do worrying about it – enough to dig a Ubisoft support page for more details – it’s a big deal.
Mentally, I’m at the point where I’m hoping all of my PS4 games will work on PS5. The bar is so low.