Ever since Sony's supposed PlayStation Plus overhaul was outed last year, rumours regarding additional backwards compatibility have been rampant — and now we've got another one. As reported by VGC, PS5 users have spotted something unusual on the PlayStation Store: PS3 titles with prices.
If you select a PS3 game on the current store, you should be sent to the PS Now version — a version that you can stream through the subscription service. But that's not the case here, since the reported titles aren't actually available through PS Now. As you'd expect, some are already claiming that this is yet another sign that PS3 backwards compatibility on PS5 is happening.
However — and we hate the spoil the party here — this isn't anything new. PS3 titles have been popping up on the PS5 and PS4 stores for years, and whenever it happens, a fresh rumour hits social media. As far as we know, this is just a visual bug — a bug that simply refuses to disappear.
The heavily rumoured PS Plus overhaul will apparently be unveiled in early 2022, so with any luck, we'll get some official clarification in the near future. Until that happens, try to temper your expectations in the comments section below.
Gosh I hope we don’t have to stream ps3 games! I want to play them natively ..
It's always a laugh seeing this kind of thing spiral out of control on social media. This same bug has been responsible for years and years of similar rumours.
Ive never actually had a problem streaming the ps3 games they worked fine.
Absolutley no point to this article other than to state to everyone there's no point 😆😆 love it 😁
@ShogunRok Nah, the internet sure learnt their lesson this time. They won't jump on another badwagon again, Yep.
Was scrolling through google news and saw articles about this. Didn't click because I knew pushsquare will put a good insightful (calling out the false rumour like true journalists) article. Keep it up guys
Unless I can buy the physical games second-hand, put them into the PS5's disc drive and play them natively from the disc, then this is always gonna be a flop in my eyes
@DeanySevigny That'll never happen in that sense, as the PS4/5 apparently can't read CDs. Maybe you could make inserting the cd trigger a download though? Someone with more tech knowledge would have to confirm
Simply SONY will NEVER make PS2 and PS3 backwards compatibility, because of "players want it" which makes them hold these cards for remasters or just re-sell them. There will NEVER be any backward compatibility emulator. If you look at any other store (Nintendo, Steam, GOG...) they sell very old games for skyhigh prices.
@Fyz306903 so why do I listen to my CDs played on ps4?
Regardless of this rumour (which is probably false, as mentioned in the article) Sony just needs to figure out local BC with PS3 now, I don't buy the different architecture excuse anymore. The PS5 had massive overheads compared to a PS3, I cannot believe there is no way to brute force emulation for PS3 when PS4 games not only run, but a lot of the time easily run at 4K60.
Obviously there's the elephant shaped Spartacus in the room, so no doubt a lot of it is down to politics/business, but if they wanted to do it they could.
It’s real, I’m playing a PS3 game right now on my PS5
I want nothing to do with streaming any kind of game, I'm sure they have very talented engineers so I hope they find a way for us to play PS3 games locally.
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I sold off my PS3 and bought my favorite games from the system on PS4 which work on my PS5. The only exception is Warhawk as it never released on PS4 and the servers are dead anyway. The modern gaming industry isn't smart enough to bring Warhawk back and add a single player campaign though.
i'm pretty sure this has to do with a glitch between the ps3 store , and the current one. like the article said this isn't the first time the bug happened prob won't be the last time either. if people want to create their own crazy theories why its not possible sure go for it. i'm just surprised after all these years people think it would happen.
I can’t imagine wanting to go back to PS3 games when I’ve still got a load of PS4 and several PS5 games I want to play, but for which I haven’t had the time. Too many games are being released these days, I’ll never catch up, and it gets to the point, a couple of gens down the line, when later unplayed games are inevitably going to be significant superior to old unplayed games.
@Slippship True, but they still need a single player campaign.
@Fyz306903 There has been zero factual information to black up the idea that the PS5 is incapable of reading CDs. Sony likely sourced off the shelf parts for their Ultra HD BluRay drives (as they, and other console manufactures have for their drives throughout history) and it would make less sense for them to intentionally remove the functionality; than to leave it. (Just because the system software refuses to read a CD, doesn't mean that the hardware is incapable)
@trev666 Let me know how that PS3 game streaming goes when Sony turns off their PS3 streaming services.
That was obviously tongue in cheek; but a streaming solution, no matter how great, will always depend on others to maintain it and pay its maintenance costs; and once those costs out weigh the return, they will be gone. That's a long winded way of saying a streaming only solution is a non-starter.
@thefourfoldroot i still play my ps3 once and a while , but the games are dated , and its not easy to use a ps3 controller after using a ps5 controller.
unless i can pop any ps3 disc into a ps5, this initiative should not be considered backwards compatiiblity. after all, did we consider the ps2 classics on ps3/ps4 backwards compatibility? a small, curated list of games simply will not cut it and it appears that is the most likely scenario here.
I just want:
Gt4, rdr, infamous 1 and 2, killzone 2 and 3, all resistance and metal gear 4 remasters in 1080p.
Pretty much every good game to come out of the ps3 has re released.
Ps2 has two or three worth playing today, but some of these games are hard to play today.
I'm not excited about this sub, even if it included first party day 1 which is the only worthy reason to get gamepass, but people want this. Happy for them.
@RevGaming the major of the better ps2 games were remastered for ps3 /ps4 so there is at least that , ( there are some that didn't make the cut sadly).
@Porco i'm like 99.99% sure that ps3 discs will never work on a ps5.
I want to be able to buy the PS3 games from the ps store, not just play them only through a subscription
Yeah, ivs seen this multiple times personally(on PS4 and PS5), i'm not putting any eggs into this basket.
PSX 2 The 3 Is The Ones For Me.
Fun, Fun, Fun.
@djlard We are going to hold you to that! 😂. Nothing wrong with a bit of speculation but to outright claim future reading predictions are true...well 😂
@LightningLeader I just stuck a 40gb hd in a PS3 super slim 12gb model. You need to add funds through PS4/5, but then you go to PSN store on PS3 and then...voila.
@DrClayman I think they could emulate the vast majority of PS3 games, bit there are a few cell specialised games that do crazy things. Good news though is that they are mostly first party games, so PS4/5 will get definitive versions of these games.
@twitchtvpat I mean yeah. I am still surprised Infamous and Resistance still haven't got a remastered.
Metal Gear 4, Red dead and Gt4 is so dumb to me on why those haven't got a remastered.
I would say dead space too but at least there's a remake.
@Alduin Yeah youre right they are more for making new games the monsters.
Sony would rather give some of the old games a bit of spit and polish and sell them for full price than emulate them.
With any luck Sony are offering backwards compatibility via streaming so you can buy individual titles as well as a sub. Crucially they need to make it so all your existing PS3, 2 and 1 digital licences carry over. Imagine being able to stream all your existing PS3 digital purchases!
Even if PS3 bc was magically included on the PS5, what would be the situation with the DLC? Don't fancy Fallout 3 or F1 Race Stars without the DLC.
Streaming would be the obvious answer but the selection of PS1 to PS3 titles has been crap.
Hopefully be better than PS2 on PS4. Sony abandoned that pretty quick and the PAL versions felt like an after thought.
The PS3 version of Wolfenstein New Order shows in the PS App in the free games section. But if you click it, it takes you to Doom.
For someone who skipped the PS3 generation because college took over my life, I’d love to try some of the games. But, I doubt this has any legitimacy to it. Not gonna hold my breath on rumors/leaks
@Integrity When the rest of the media is reporting this is evidence of PS3 backwards compatibility, it's very important for us to add some clarity to the situation.
The era of fake news is no joke, and while we're only covering video games here, it's important we're able to clarify things like this.
I just literally bought a second hand ps3 super slim and a xbox 360 slim so I hope this isn't true. Though I prefer to have the older consoles anyway.
@MyThoughts31 "I just literally bought a second hand ps3 super slim and a xbox 360 slim so I hope this isn't true"
How unselfish of you, you got yours so everyone else could take a long walk off a short pier 🙂
@Juanalf what? That makes literally no sense.
That would be amazing .to play all of those amazing ps3 games again.word up son
@get2sammyb hey, I'm laughing with you not at you 😊 There's a certain irony to the news now that there has to be 'nothing to see here articles' because of all the clickbait that goes on. It's good that you've put the PS3 games on PS5 into context! Looking at what I wrote i can see how it can be interpreted differently to my intention so I understand your reply. Tone is hard to get across online 👍
There were others here who were rude about it and I don't condone that. If they really dont like it that much I don't know why they stay to read it.
I like what you lot write. At least you don't have some agenda running in the background like some other sites I can think of. Having said that you were a little mischievous with yesterday's article on SEGA's NFT logo finally becoming public 6 weeks after it was registered considering it was largely irrelevant as SEGA had long u-turned on the notion. Made for a good conversation. 😆😉
Keep it up Sammy. I like your informal style and how engaged you all are in the chats. I don't care what you chose to write about, but when I do, like with the FIFA review I'll put it in a constructive way (that may be a bad example. I get worked up by that game 😊) Anything else I say will be tongue-in-cheek. All I ask is you spell things in English and not American. Like tonne instead of ton 😁
I want my PS3 library consisting of PS1-PS3 games to carry over to the supposed new service. At this point it’s over 300+ spread over 7 PS3’s and I purchase PS1-PS3 (and some Vita) regularly. All my PS3’s have either been upgraded to a 1TB or 1.5 TB HDD. Trying to re download games is A F’ing nightmare!!! Please please Sony at least let me download my PS1 and PS2 libraries, I can live with streaming my PS3 games on my PS5’s. My sanity depends on it!!!
Would be nice if they added some new PS3 games to ps now. As one of the few that doesn't seem to have major issues when I stream these games it would be cool to see more of them added. Currently playing through Wizardry on the service and it's easy to forget I'm streaming the game.
Quite Sad that the gaming industry is so pathetic that there relying on games from 16 years ago to save them quite sad really
Here's another conspiracy theory for ya. If you browse the PS Now games on your PS5, you can now filter to PS5 games (but it doesn't list any).
Whilst I wish it would be true,as it has been noted, not the first time there's been bugs with the PSN store. Had seen ps3 games randomly appear on the newer webstore on the PC,& references to PS Now in the past on my ps4 even though PS Now has never been available down under...(recall the PS Now coming to Australia/NZ rumour a few months ago on this very site?!).
I recall one psn sale seeing one of the delisted ps4 Deponia point & click adventures appearing but without a price attached!
Now if delisted classic titles like Alundra or Theme Hospital,or GTA LCS/VCS were to magically reappear & one could access a description/price that'd be way more interesting!!😁
Personally, I'm not that fussed as I still have a PS3 Slim 320Gb that I've had since the fatty died. It's our default go-to DVD/Blu-Ray player (got the official remote) with occasional bouts of the best Bomberman (Ultra), F1 Race Stars and some others. Only thing I'm missing is PS2 b/c but would I use it if I had it?
Doubt that Sony will give us anything for free - PS4 should have had PS1 and 2 bc included in it as the hardware is more than up to it but they didn't. Any excuse to resell us games we already have, eh?
@MyThoughts31 only that it makes perfect sense if you can detect sarcasm.
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@MyThoughts31 quite ironic, I'd say.
@DrClayman "I don't buy the different architecture excuse anymore."
Whether you but it or not, it doesn't make it any less true.
@Fyz306903 That has nothing to do with it as PS3 games are on Blu Ray discs same as PS4 and PS5 games. It is because of the PS3 CELL processor that physical PS3 games will never be backwards compatible with PS4 or PS5.
@Alduin The only thing Sony excels in is making games. There engineers for things outside of that have always been behind the ball with MS. Hell we didnt even get party chat till the PS4, haha.
@meistergeister Your delusional man
They better do something because microsoft is swingin that dick around with the Acti/Blizz aquisition.
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