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The PlayStation 5 will not support backwards compatibility for PS3 games and older consoles, according to Sony’s Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan.
During an interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu, Ryan confirmed that the PS5 will not support backwards compatibility for the PS3 games and its predecessors. The PS5 will though support up to “99 percent” of PS4 games.
“We keep in mind the engineering specialized for the PS5, as we produced the device. In the mindset of that, the PS4 already has 100 million players; we thought they ought to want to play PS4 titles on the PS5 as well, so we included a compatibility with the PS4.” Ryan said to Famitsu, “while implementing that, we also focused our efforts on taking in high-speed SSD and the new controller DualSense at the same time. So, unfortunately, we couldn’t reach the implementation of such compatibility.”
Ryan’s comments confirm Ubisoft’s previous update back in August that the PS5 will not support PS4 games and older. “Backwards compatibility will be available for supported PlayStation 4 titles, but will not be possible for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, or PlayStation games.”
It surely is a disappointment for fans that enjoy playing old titles, but on the bright side Sony acknowledges that not all its users will transition immediately to the next-gen console, and as such the PS4 will remain an important aspect of Sony’s hardware slate for the next three or four years.