In an unpredictable year, this is potentially the most expected article we’ll write in 2020, but the web is losing its collective mind all the same: the PlayStation 5 won’t play PS3, PS2, or PS1 games. The story comes courtesy of a Ubisoft FAQ page, and the information has since been removed. It’s unclear whether the French publisher was referring specifically to its own games, but we’re not sure that changes anything anyway.
Sony’s yet to comment, but it’s hardly a surprising revelation. The Japanese giant has committed to PS4 backwards compatibility, but it’s never mentioned legacy PlayStation consoles – we certainly never expected support for the PS3, PS2, or PS1. While it would, obviously, be wonderful to pop in old games and be able to play them all on the PS5, the Japanese giant clearly doesn’t feel that it’s worth the effort. It is what it is.