Here’s why the PS5 likely won’t be backwards compatible with every PlayStation console

PS5 backwards compatibility
  • Sony hasn't said much about its plans for backwards compatibility on the PlayStation 5.
  • We know that "most" of the 100 most-played PS4 games will be playable on the PS5 at launch, but we still don't know if we will be able to play PS3, PS2, or PS1 games.
  • A game developer explained some of the hurdles Sony would face if it did attempt to make games from every classic PlayStation console playable on the PS5.
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Sony has yet to show us the PlayStation 5, but the deep dive into the console's system architecture in March helped to fill in some of the blanks. The specifications of the hardware were finally revealed, and many of the console's most significant features were detailed as well. But while the presentation answered many of our questions about the PS5, it also complicated some matters further. For example: What's the deal with backwards compatibility?

The PlayStation 5 GPU is backwards compatible with the PlayStation 4. Lead system architect Mark Cerny confirmed this during the deep dive. He also revealed that "almost all" of the 100 most-played PS4 games will be playable on the PS5 at launch. Sony then posted an update on the PlayStation Blog explaining that "the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5." That's good news, but what about other consoles?

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