Update – August 31: Ubisoft has now removed a line regarding PS5 backward compatibility support for PS3, PS2 and PS1 games from the next generation support side. Previously it read: “Backward compatibility is available for supported PlayStation 4 titles, but not for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 or PlayStation games.”
It’s unclear why this line was removed, but there are several plausible reasons. The most obvious one is that Sony may not have liked them. It is possible that this information is out of date or related only to Ubisoft games and Sony wanted the publisher to avoid possible confusion. This is unlikely, but frankly at this point everyone is stabbing into the dark. As we outlined below, supporting older consoles on PS5 remains a pipe dream for now, and that won̵
According to a new Ubisoft support listPS5 backward compatibility does not extend to PS3, PS2, and PS1 games.
This is not an official PlayStation statement, but Ubisoft is a large and established partner so this is pretty clear. Sony has not yet fully declined support for PS3, PS2 and PS1, but only PS4 games are always discussed in relation to PS5 Backward Compatibility. In other words, the writing has been on the wall for a while and this is only Ubisoft reading it to us. Physical and digital PS3, PS2 and PS1 games can only be played on PS5 through PlayStation Now, which we already know is coming to the console.
Hopes for older console support for PS5 first rose in February 2019 with the creation of a Sony patent related to emulation technology. The gist of it was that this technology would allow the PS5 to simulate older consoles and possibly run older games. Of course, patents don’t always come about, and the exact scope of “legacy consoles” has never been clearly defined.
The first public mention of PS5 backward compatibility was given at Systems Architect Mark Cerny’s March Tech Lecture. PS3, PS2 and PS1 were noticeably absent from this part of Cerny’s presentation, which wasn’t a good sign for older consoles. However, with Xbox pushing four generations of games on the Xbox Series X, some were hoping Sony would incorporate backward compatibility more closely as well. The way the two platform owners approach backward compatibility also reflects their generational prospects. Xbox is building an ecosystem and PlayStation is pushing for a clear generation leap.
This is what we know Xbox Series X Backward Compatibility..