Will the PlayStation 5 play games from previous generations prior to the PlayStation 4?

Rumor: PlayStation 5 Might Include PS1, PS2, PS3, and PS4 Backwards Compatibility

Will the PlayStation 5 play games from previous generations prior to the PlayStation 4?

The PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility saga of confusion continues, with new rumors suggesting it might be capable of reading discs from all previous Sony consoles (except the Sony Nintendo hybrid, because duh).

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Last week, Sony quietly dropped news about the PlayStation 5’s release window. While it confirmed what many suspected — the system won’t release until late next year — it didn’t address anything new in terms of backwards compatibility for the platform. 

Following that reveal, a spokesperson from Sony reportedly said the PS5 “dev team is putting all power on verifying whether they can secure a complete compatibility.”

However, journalist and industry insider Patrick Klepek recently told the Waypoint Podcast that the PS5 would, indeed, include backwards compatibility because its focus is on the past and future combined.

Now, there are new rumors surrounding what that means. Twitter user PSErebus, who has a history of providing accurate, leaked information, suggests this emphasis on the past will go so far as to include compatibility support for PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.

At this point, outside the technical specifications and some other information, we don’t know a whole lot about the PlayStation 5. Naturally, these claims are just rumors until Sony finally unveils more information about its next-gen console, which is rumored to be sometime in February 2020. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more as it develops. 


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