PS5 Backwards Compatibility: Can You Play PS3, PS2, and PS1 Games on PlayStation 5?

Can you play PS3, PS2, and PS1 games on PS5? Sony has talked a lot about the importance of PS5 backwards compatibility, but is the PlayStation 5 backwards compatible with PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 1? As part of our PS5 guide, we’re going to answer whether PS5 is backwards compatible with PS3, PS2, and PS1. You can find out more about PS5’s backwards compatibility through the link: PS5 Backwards Compatibility: Can You Play PS4 Games on PlayStation 5? For a full list of all PS5 announced games, click through the link.

PS5 Backwards Compatibility: Can You Play PS3 Games?

PS5 is not backwards compatible with PS3 games, although it is backwards compatible with PS4 games, meaning some remasters are playable on PlayStation 5. Some high-profile examples of PS4 remasters you'll be able to play on PS5 include The Last of Us Remastered and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. Many of the very best PS3 games got re-released on the PS4, so you should be able to find a way to revisit your favourites. It's worth noting that PS3 Blu-ray discs and PS3 PS Store purchases will not be compatible with the PS5, however.

PS5 Backwards Compatibility: Can You Play PS2 Games?

Some PS2 games that were ported to the PS4 will be playable on PS5. This includes essentials such as Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. However, you'll need to have purchased the PS4 versions to be able to play them on PS5. The PS5 cannot play PS2 DVDs and any PS2 Classics you may have purchased on the PS3 will not be compatible either.

PS5 Backwards Compatibility: Can You Play PS1 Games?

No, you can't play PS1 games on PS5. This includes PS1 game discs and PS1 Classics that you may have purchased on PS3 or PSP in the past. There are a few PS4 remasters like PaRappa the Rapper and MediEvil that you'll be able to play on PS5, as well as Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Spyro Reignited Trilogy. However, at this time you won't be able to play the original PS1 games on PS5.

PS5 Backwards Compatibility: Can You Play PSP and PS Vita Games?

Again, the PS5 can't play PSP or PS Vita games. There are some exceptions: Patapon was remastered for PS4, and as such is playable on PS5. Similarly, Gravity Rush was remastered for PS4, and is playable on PS5. But the PS5 is not compatible with PSP's UMD discs or PS Vita's cartridges, and any PS Store purchases you may have made for either handheld are not compatible with PS5.


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