Since its unveiling, there have been questions about whether the PlayStation 5 will be backwards compatible with generations outside the PS4, and will finally offer an easy way to play classic PS3, PS2 and original PlayStation titles. According to Ubisoft, this is not the plan.
Ubisoft’s support page explains how its titles will move from PS4 to PS5, as each publisher seems to take a different approach. The publication mentions that PS4 players will be able to play games with PS5 players online, in line with Ubisoft’s commitment to offer free next-generation upgrades for titles such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion.
At the end, however, the page adds the following note:
“Backward compatibility will be available for supported PlayStation 4 titles, but will not be available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 or PlayStation games.”
This could mean that backward compatibility outside of the PS4 is not part of Sony’s plan for its new console, or that Ubisoft can’t say otherwise. With limited start-up time and vague messages around which PS4 titles can be played on the PS5 at launch, it will probably be the first. GameSpot turned to Sony for clarification.
By comparison, Microsoft has already confirmed that the Xbox Series X will be backward compatible with most Xbox One games, as well as all Xbox 360 and genuine Xbox games that are now compatible with their current-generation consoles. More games are expected to be added to the backward compatibility list once Series X launches.
The PS5 kicks off this holiday season with both the regular and all-digital versions. At the moment, Sony has yet to confirm its launch, exact launch date and price, but is launching a program where you can apply to be one of the first to pre-order. Spider-Man: Miles Morales is also set to launch this holiday season, while Insomniac’s other PS5 title, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, will appear in the PS5’s “launch window”.