PS5 will only be backwards compatible with the PS4, according to Ubisoft

Players will be unable to play their PS1, PS2 and PS3 games

Sony’s upcoming next-gen console, the PlayStation 5, might only be backwards compatible with the PlayStation 4, according to Ubisoft.

In a new Ubisoft support page, the company stated that the PS5 has been designed with features that will transition between the current generation to the next, and include the ability to join multiplayer games across both generations. However, it also said that backwards compatibility will only be supported with PS4 titles, explicitly stating that PS1, PS2 and PS3 games will not run on the new system.

“Backwards compatibility will be available for supported PlayStation 4 titles, but will not be possible for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, or PlayStation games,” the page reads. Sony has yet to officially comment on Ubisoft’s statement.


PlayStation 5 Accessories. Credit: Sony

By comparison, the Xbox Series X will allow for full backwards compatibility across a range of titles, which Ubisoft has also referenced. In a support page that raises the same question for Xbox players, the company has said that full backwards compatibility will be implemented across all generations.

This isn’t the first time the Ubisoft support pages have dropped new information, as a recently updated page revealed that the company will no longer be providing physical discs with Xbox collector’s editions of its games.

As the release of the PS5 looms closer, little has been revealed in terms of pricing and release date. Sony has recently opened up a registration of interest in the system, allowing pre-existing users to be one of the first people to buy the console when it launches.

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