Sony has now confirmed that PlayStation 5 does not natively support PS3, PS2 and PS1 discs.
It’s no big surprise, and a now-removed Ubisoft claim noted it earlier this month, but it’s the first time Sony has clearly said so on the record.
Speaking to Famitsu (via Ars Technica), PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan said the new console will be geared towards PS5-specific engineering, although it is still important to support PS4 backward compatibility as it has 100 million players.
“We built devices with an emphasis on PS5-specific technology,”
This week Sony announced that “99 percent” of PlayStation 4 games will be supported through backward compatibility, although it is still unclear how many of them will be supported at launch. Can you just insert an old PS4 disc? Which games are not supported? PlayStation has yet to go into solid details.
However, PlayStation Plus owners get a collection of top-notch PS4 games to play on PS5 when the console launches as part of their subscription. The program is called PlayStation Plus Collection and includes games like Days Gone, Detroit: Become Human, Fallout 4, Final Fantasy XV, God of War, and The Last Guardian.