This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Sony's PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's Xbox Series X are scheduled for release at the end of the year. The latter of these has revealed that it will be able to play four generations of games from the original Xbox to Xbox One from day one of their releases, but Sony has remained silent on backwards compatibility (i.e. the ability to run exclusive software from past hardware).
UbiSoft, known for the Assassin's Creed series, has reportedly mentioned, perhaps unintentionally, that the PS5 will not be backwards compatible with PS1 to PS3.
According to international tech media outlet BGR, a support page added to UbiSoft's official website states, “Backwards compatibility will be available for supported PlayStation 4 titles, but will not be possible for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, or PlayStation games.” At the time of writing, it has been changed to " from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5" and references to PS3 and earlier have disappeared, but MSPowerUser also reports that there was a similar description.
SIE CEO Jim Ryan said of backwards compatibility in a negative light, “When we’ve dabbled with backwards compatibility, I can say it is one of those features that is much requested, but not actually used much,” and he said “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,” they may decide that being able to play with past titles that have sold out does not benefit their company and is unlikely to be a conduit to bring in new customers.
However, for the PS4, which was also not backwards compatible with the pre-PS3 version, PlayStation Now is now offering a subscription service that lets you play PS titles of all time. It will be interesting to see if this will carry over to the PS5, but even after PS Now has undergone a major price cut of less than half, it's being bolstered with a limited time offer of 30% off, so hopefully, Sony hasn't already lost the appeal of its past software assets.
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