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Sony confirm no PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility for PS3, PS2 and PS

Published: 13:41, 18 September 2020
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Even though we were hoping PlayStation 5's backwards compatibility will include more than just PS4 games, Sony confirmed that PS3, PS2 and the original PlayStation aren't part of the deal.

Speaking to prominent Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, which was caught by ArsTechnica, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan said that PlayStation 5 development was focused on new tech and some PS4 compatibility, rather than a device that would encompass all their consoles thus far.

The older consoles, in his words, didn't make much sense, because customer demands and actual time spent playing them ancient titles never really added up. 

"When we've dabbled with backward compatibility, I can say it is one of those features that is much requested, but not actually used much. That, and I was at a Gran Turismo event recently where they had PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 games, and the PS1 and the PS2 games, they looked ancient, like why would anybody play this?", he said.

And you know what - as much as we hoped to see Sony pull it off, Ryan has a huge point here. How many times have you gone back to a game based on a mental image, only to find that your memories have fooled you and that time has trampled all over it. 

When it comes to art, and yes - games are art, everything is an evolution, rather than a revolution. Much like Shakespeare, for instance, the cutting-edge sheen has left many of these games, leaving in its wake historical and contextual significance - a stepping stone to today's games.  

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To be fair though - our hopes weren't just based on wishful thinking, because we've reported about Sony's backwards compatibility-related patents on more than one occasion , albeit neither mentioned PlayStation specifically. PlayStation's lead architect Mark Cerny also said that top 100 PS games will be compatible at launch , but we can now safely say that this was for PS4 only. 

Thanks, ArsTechnica .

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