PS4 Games Won’t Be Backwards Compatible with PS3 & PS2 Consoles

By Ben Hamill - September 21 2020

PS4 Games Won’t Be Backwards Compatible with PS3 & PS2 Consoles

PlayStation fans who had been hoping to play their old PS3 and PS2 games on Sony’s upcoming new PS5 console are unfortunately in for a disappointment.

Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan during a recent interview with a high-profile Japanese tech and gaming magazine confirmed that the new PlayStation 5 console will not support PS3 games
and older. This, said Ryan, being the result of the particular specialised engineering involved in the building of the new PS5 console.

What with the technology of the PS4 being newer and more in line with that which has now been implemented in the games maker’s latest console, the expectation is that up to 99 per cent of games developed for PS4 will be compatible with the PlayStation 5 console.

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PS4-5 Compatibility Prioritised

Also, added Ryan, since more than 100 million players own PS4 consoles, the company prioritised compatibility between the two most recent consoles. New efforts were also focused on the new DualSense controller and implementation of high-speed SSD capability – all of which did according to the Sony Interactive Entertainment chief lead to a situation of a technical inability to reach full backward compatibility.

Ryan’s recent confirmation happens to be in line with predictions previously made during a Ubisoft update, which predictions also alluded to the fact that the PS5 would support PS4 titles, but not PS3 and older.

PS4 Will Stick Around

The Japanese console maker has also in the meantime announced that it will soon release several first-party PlayStation exclusives for PS4. Those who purchase said games for PS4 will however receive next generation upgrades in the event that they do happen to migrate to PS5 come the holidays, during which time the new Sony console is expected to hit the markets.

And since Sony says it recognises that not all of its customers will be making the switch from PS4 to PS5 in a matter of months or even a year or two, the PlayStation 4 will remain in the hardware picture for the next 3 or even 4 years.

Which effectively all means that current PS4 console owners not yet ready or able to upgrade to the console maker’s next generation of hardware, shouldn’t experience any game compatibility issues for quite a few years to come.

Sony has in the meantime also apologised for the PS5 pre-order fiasco sparked by a recent premature pre-sales online launch. Sony apologised for the fiasco, saying that PS5 pre-orders could admittedly have gone a lot smoother, and that more PS5s will become available for pre-order through the end of 2020.

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