PS5 Won't Be Backwards Compatible With PS3, PS2, or PS1 Games

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The PlayStation 5 Showcase provided information on price and release date for the next-gen console but also provided a big surprise in the form of the PlayStation Plus Collection.

It is not, however, a replacement for Sony's PlayStation Now streaming service. And that the PS4 didn't support older PlayStation games when it originally launched. In the latter's case, Xbox put all of its games onto the subscription service on the day they are released.

It's not the most in-depth quote, but according to Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan, "99 percent" of the PS4 games tested for backward compatibility on PlayStation 5 will be playable.

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"For us, having a catalogue of games is not something that defines a platform", Ryan told GamesIndustry.Biz. Furthermore, backward compatible games titles will look and play better on newer consoles. "We just don't see that as sustainable". A day-one first-party subscription model like Game Pass wouldn't suit that ambition for PlayStation. "We have also considered such an approach, but I also know that other operators have tried and had problems".

Although Sony isn't introducing a lower-spec model this generation, the company revealed the PS5 Digital, a cheaper system with the same specs as a standard PS5, except without a physical media drive. "In the midst of that, the [PlayStation 4] already has 100 million players; we thought they ought to want to play PS4 titles on the PS5 as well indeed, so we included compatibility with the PS4".

"We're delighted to be able to do that".

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