If you had been hoping that maybe PS5 would be the one console you need to play everything in your PlayStation library, there is some bad news here. Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will not natively support PS3, PS2 and PS1 discs.
Ubisoft had mentioned it earlier this month, before deleting the claim. Now we have it straight from Sony. PlayStation boss Jim Ryan, when speaking to Famitsu, said that the console was designed with a focus on “PS5-specific engineering”.
“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 [PS3, PS2, PS1] has not been achieved.”
So if you like your older games, hang onto whatever system can play them. Maybe keep it safe and away from dust as well.