Sony’s next-generation PlayStation will have some level of backward compatibility with PlayStation 4 games, but PlayStation 5 owners may not get the full 25 years of backwardness they could dream of. According to frequently asked questions about the support of the Ubisoft website, the PS5 will not be backward compatible with the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2 or PlayStation 3 games.
Sony has never promised backward compatibility for PS5’s PlayStation, PS2 and PS3 games. But July reports speculate on the possibility of extensive PS5 backward compatibility, which can be played from a cloud gaming library. These reports are based on patent claims in Japan, not on something Sony has announced.
The PlayStation 5 will support the “overwhelming majority”
We’ve asked Sony for clarification on how well the PlayStation 5 backward support is supported, and we’ll update when the company responds. It is worth noting that the entry for frequently asked questions about the maintenance of the Ubisoft website is different depending on which region you are looking at. The Australian version of the support page notes that “Backward compatibility will be available for supported PlayStation 4 titles, but will not be possible for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 or PlayStation games”, while the US equivalent does not mention these platforms at all.