Despite supporting more than 4,000 PS4 games at launch, the PS5 is unlikely to be backward compatible with games from the PS1, PS2, and PS3 eras.
This emerges from an FAQ titled “Moving from PlayStation 4 titles to next generation versions” posted today on the Ubisoft website, which states in very clear language: “Backward compatibility will be available for supported PlayStation 4 titles but is not possible. ” for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 or PlayStation games. “
This language has since been removed from the post in all areas, but not before websites like Tom̵
In Sony’s defense, the company never claimed the PS5 was fully backward compatible, only saying that when it launches it will support the vast majority of the PlayStation 4 catalog.
Transfer from PS4 to PS5, but not vice versa
Although the rest of the FAQ provides fairly simple information on eligibility for an upgrade, there is one point at the end that should be particularly noted: “Only upgrades from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5 are available for physical or digital copies of eligible games.” ”
When you buy a game for PS4, Ubisoft will help you get the PS5 version. However, when you buy the PS5 version, don’t expect to get a free PS4 copy of the game.
While this makes a lot of sense as most users upgrade from PS4 to PS5, not downgrade. However, it’s slightly different from Microsoft’s Smart Delivery feature for first-party games on Xbox Series X and Xbox One X, which automatically downloads the correct version of the game for each console you play.
Of course, none of this is set in stone right now. We’ll have to wait for Sony’s response to Ubisoft’s post and we’ll know more once Sony issues a statement confirming or denying Ubisoft’s information.