Did PlayStation Tease PS1 to PS3 Backward Compatibility on PlayStation 5?

The teaser was for something completely different.

January 23, 2022

No announcements from PlayStation as ad publicly launches (January 24 update)

Ultimately, the Kenshi Yonezu ad has now been publicly revealed on January 24 at 8 AM JST (January 23, 6 PM EST). However, nothing was announced regarding PS1, PS2, and PS3 games’ retro compatibility on PS5. It has also been confirmed now that the “123” in the teasing tweets were a reference to the release date of the first PlayStation console in Japan, on December 3, 1994.

Our original story is still included below.

PlayStation Japan might be teasing that PS1, PS2, and PS3 backward compatibility is coming soon to PlayStation 5, here’s what happened.

On January 22, PlayStation Japan shared a teasing tweet for an upcoming new ad featuring a brand new song from Kenshi Yonezu. The ad will be launching on January 23, 2022, and there are several hints it could be about a new retro feature introduced to PS5.

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PlayStation Japan teases on Twitter possible PS1 PS2 PS3 Backwards Compatibility announcement

The tweet from PlayStation_Jp reads: “#Kenshi Yonezu x #PlayStation. Kenshi Yonezu worked on a new ad for PlayStation. 1-2-3 is PlayStation’s icon. Booting on January 23”.

A short video is included in the tweet. The four PlayStation DualShock controller buttons appear, followed by the name Kenshi Yonezu in kanji, and lastly, the date January 23 is displayed. Note that this date is also written “123”. This could be another sign that PS1, PS2, and PS3 backward compatibility is coming to PS5.

Who is Kenshi Yonezu, the singer for the new January 24 PlayStation ad?

Kenshi Yonezu is a famous singer and music producer in Japan. Fans of Hatsune Miku and Vocaloid know Kenshi Yonezu as Vocaloid producer Hachi.

Yonezu started his career in 2009 by uploading Vocaloid music on Niconico, Japan’s YouTube. He’s the composer of famous Hatsune Miku songs such as Persona Alice and The World End Umbrella. In 2012, Hachi started singing using his own voice and name and is now one of the most popular singers in Japan.

Moreover, Yonezu is a full-fledged artist and illustrator, and owns his own brand, which is called “Reissue“. Further hinting that something related to the retro PlayStation consoles might be announced in the ad featuring Kenshi Yonezu music.

The Reissue Twiter account also shared the same tweet as PlayStation_Jp, and confirmed that Kenshi Yonezu made a new song for the ad.

What do you think of all this? Could PS1 to PS3 games come to PS5? Tell us in the comments!

New PlayStation ad revealed to random players, with no retro compatibility announcement in sight for now (Update)

As soon as clocks hit January 23 midnight in Japan, PlayStation Japan on its blog explained that the Kenshi Yonezu commercial with a new track, Pop Song, will be launching in January 24, but randomly selected players are able to watch the ad now via their PS4 and PS5. Random players with a Japanese PSN account received a notification “123 Early Access”, with a link to the ad.

Japanese game commercials usually come in 15 and 30 seconds versions, Right now, the 30 seconds version of the commercial is unlisted on YouTube. There is still hope PlayStation announces something alongside the ad’s public reveal on Monday January 24, but it looks like this was a false alarm for now.

Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been loving anime and Japanese games for over 25 years and plays Genshin Impact for its story and exploration. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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