The greatest console war of all time is already looming, as we have a pretty good idea of what both next-generation machines PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will be capable of. Both consoles arrive in stores starting this November, and they’re featuring backwards compatibility for some previous consoles.
However, Xbox Series X is one step in front of its rival, as Jim Ryan, the president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, brings not too pleasant news for the PlayStation fans.
PS3 games unavailable for PS5
And as you’ve already guessed, games from PS2 and the very first PlayStation console won’t be available for PS5 as well. Jim Ryan explains that there’s a good reason for this, saying that Sony had decided to focus more on the unique functions of PS5 like the new custom SSD and DualSense controller rather than the backwards compatibility.
We have been building devices with a focus on PS5-specific engineering. Among them, PS4 already has 100 million players, so I thought that I would like to play PS4 titles on PS5 as well, so I introduced PS4 compatibility. While achieving that, we focused on incorporating high-speed SSDs and the new controller ‘DualSense’ in parallel. So, unfortunately, compatibility with them has not been achieved.
On the other hand, Microsoft said that Xbox Series X will support all games available on Xbox One (excluding those that need the Kinect sensor), Xbox 360, and the original Xbox console.
Otherwise, plenty of exciting titles had already been confirmed to be running on PlayStation 5, and we can mention games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, The Elder Scrolls Online, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, DOOM Eternal, Gran Turismo 7, Hitman 3, Dying Light 2, Watch Dogs: Legion, Far Cry 6, Marvel’s Avengers, Starfield, Dirt 5, Scarlet Nexus, FIFA 21, Outriders, Godfall, Madden NFL 21, Fortnite, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, GTA V, and many more.