PlayStation 5 Won't Be Backwards Compatible With PS3, PS2, and PS1 Games, Sony Confirms

PlayStation 5 Won't Be Backwards Compatible With PS3, PS2, and PS1 Games, Sony Confirms

It's hardly a surprise, but confirmation nonetheless.

The PlayStation 5's backwards compatibility has been the subject of much speculation for months now. But we've now finally got an official comment on the matter from Sony, revealing that the PS5 won't be compatible with games from the PS3, PS2, and original PlayStation.

The new information comes from an interview with PlayStation boss Jim Ryan by Famitsu (and translated by Siliconera). In the interview, Ryan confirmed that the PlayStation 5 would not natively support playing games from the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and the original PlayStation.

"We have been building devices with a focus on PS5-specific engineering," Ryan told Famitsu. "Among them, PS4 already has 100 million players, so I thought that I would like to play PS4 titles on PS5 as well, so I introduced PS4 compatibility. While achieving that, we focused on incorporating high-speed SSDs and the new controller DualSense in parallel. So, unfortunately, compatibility with [PS3, PS2, PS1] has not been achieved."

Like we said previously, it's not a massive surprise. Near the end of August, Ubisoft published a claim that the PlayStation 5 wouldn't support PS3, PS2, and PS1 games, before quickly retracting the statement. The matter has now been confirmed though, so we won't be playing games like Metal Gear Solid on the PS5.

The PlayStation 5 releases in under two months time, on Nov. 12 in the US, and retails for $499 with a disc drive, or $399 for the all-digital version. Pre-orders kicked off very suddenly after Sony initially revealed the pricing of the console this week, leading to a mad rush to purchase either version of the new console as quickly as possible.

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