PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan confirmed that while the PlayStation 5 is 99 percent compatible with all PlayStation 4 games, the company’s next generation console does not support PS1, PS2 or PS3 titles.
In an interview with Famitsu (via Siliconera), Ryan said the PlayStation 5 development team didn’t have enough time to implement backward compatibility on the company’s older systems.
“We think of the engineering that specializes in the PS5 when we make the device,” said Ryan. “In the meantime, the PS4 already has 100 million players. We thought they should want to play PS4 titles on the PS5 too, so we included compatibility with the PS4. During implementation, we also focused on making high-speed SSD and the new DualSense controller. Unfortunately, we were therefore unable to implement such compatibilities. “
Sony recently unveiled the PlayStation Plus collection, a new perk that includes first and third party titles like Days Gone, God of War, Persona 5 and Resident Evil 7, among others. PS Plus subscribers on PlayStation 5 get access to these and other classic PS4 titles at no additional cost.
The digital and standard editions of the PlayStation 5 will be released on November 12 for $ 400 and $ 500, respectively. We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the console and checked out our PlayStation 5 pre-order guide for where to get one in the pre-order fiasco.