PS5 Confirmed to Not be Backward Compatible With PS3, PS2, and PS1 Games

PS5 Confirmed to Not be Backward Compatible With PS3, PS2, and PS1 Games - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 October 2020 / 2,059 Views

It has been known for some time that PlayStation 4 games will be playable on the PlayStation 5 and it was revealed this week that "99 percent" of the PS4 library will be able to run on the PS5.

Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan in an interview with Famitsu discussed backwards compatibility on the PS5 and revealed PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and original PlayStation games will not be backwards compatibility on the PS5.

"We keep in mind the engineering specialized for the PS5, as we produced the device," said Ryan. "In the midst of that, the PS4 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.

PS5 Confirmed to Not be Backward Compatible With PS3, PS2, and PS1 Games

"While implementing that, we also focused our efforts on taking in the high-speed SSD and the new controller DualSense at the same time. So, unfortunately, we couldn’t reach the implementation of such compatibilities."

The PlayStation 5 will launch on November 12 in the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, and in Europe and the rest of the world on November 19. It is priced at $499.99 / ¥49,980 / €499.99 / £449.99, while the Digital Edition will be priced at $399.99 / ¥39,980 / €399.99 / £359.99.

Thanks, Siliconera.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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KLAMarine (on 17 September 2020)

...You gotta cut it off at some point... But still, how much space does an emulator take up?

ArchangelMadzz (on 17 September 2020)

Don't say emulator's, PS3 Sony will start screaming in the corner about costs.

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Zkuq (on 17 September 2020)

Should take practically none, and Sony's PS1 emulation is probably entirely software-based and should thus be very easy to port to PS5. At this point, PS2 emulation also probably exists in a fully software-based form, and should also thus be very easy to port to PS5. It's PS3 emulation that's tricky. It might be feasible, but it's the only one I feel like Sony has a good excuse for not having. Not having emulation of the other PlayStation consoles is just inexcusable at this point, considering how little effort it ought to take.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 17 September 2020)

ps4 backwards compat is fine, ps1ps2ps3 will be included in psplus collectiion which will be merged with psnow haha

nex (on 18 September 2020)


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AFattyGamer (on 17 September 2020)

That's why I don't sell off my old consoles :) Sony PS5 being compatible with Sony PS4 is enough for me.

DonFerrari (on 18 September 2020)

We expected it, but the way it was phrased could mean that it may come in the future.

The Fury (on 18 September 2020)

I'm more surprised things like this aren't ended with 'We have PS Now which has XXXX classic games on it." Sometimes Sony's advertisement of PS Now feels lacking.

Dahum (on 17 September 2020)


JWeinCom (on 17 September 2020)

Don't think anyone was expecting that. Would have been a pleasant surprise, but doubt it will factor into many people's decision.

SecondWar (on 18 September 2020)

Comparably, the Xbox Series only has a very limited number of original Xbox games playable on it so it's not a huge difference.

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siebensus4 (on 18 September 2020)

The game don't run natively. Developers need to patch their PS4 games to run them on PS5. There are even PS4 games that freeze on PS5.

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Dante9 (on 18 September 2020)

Who plays these ancient games anymore?

Azzanation (on 18 September 2020)

Gamers that enjoy their old games..

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