PS5 Backwards Compatibility Won't Allow PS3, PS2 or PS1 Games

According to Ubisoft, PS5 backwards compatibility will be limited to PS4 titles.

By Sam Woods

August 31, 2020

We’re now just a little over two months until the launch of the next generation of gaming hardware. Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X are due for launch at some point in this coming November, however, there is still tonnes of information about the consoles that we don’t have yet. There’s the small matter that we know neither the price nor release dates of the consoles, we still don’t have the final launch line-ups and there’s still much more.

One of the remaining questions waiting to be answered was surrounding the PS5 and how backwards compatibility would work. Whilst we know the console is getting backwards compatibility with select PS4 titles, it’s been unclear whether Sony would allow players to go further back than this. This information however may have just been revealed in a post by Ubisoft.

While the PS5 will have some level of backwards compatibility, Ubisoft also says there are a few, probably expected, omissions. The article says that although backwards compatibility will work with selected PS4 titles, it “will not be possible for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, or PlayStation games.”

The post also states that Sony is providing a number of features to help make the transition from PS4 to PS5 smoother for players including cross-generational multiplayer play.

Some developers have already made an effort to assure players that if they purchase a game on PS4, they will have access to it on PS5. Some of the games that include these free upgrades are the upcoming Marvel’s Avengers and Kena: Bridge of Spirits. While some developers are offering free next-gen upgrades, others have taken a slightly different tack and will only offer a free upgrade if players fork out for higher additions of the game, these include NBA 2K21 and Control.

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Although we’re still missing some pretty key information on next-gen consoles, there’s still plenty that we do know. Don’t forget to also bookmark this page too for when PS5 pre-orders do finally drop.

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Sam Woods

Sam is the Managing Editor at DualShockers. He's been playing video games for as long as he can remember and you can regularly find him on his Nintendo Switch. When he's not playing games, he'll no doubt be suffering watching his beloved Ipswich Town.

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