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Old 09-01-2020, 11:16 PM   #1
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PS5 is skipping backward compatibility for PS1, PS2, and PS3, according to Ubisoft

Who needs backward compatibility when you can just use emulation? There's very good emulation for PS1 and PS2 already, not sure how's PS3 emulation at this point.

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PS5 is skipping backward compatibility for PS1, PS2, and PS3, according to Ubisoft

Legacy support is lacking outside of PS4 games


Don't pack up your original PlayStation 3 just yet if you're invested in PS3 games or backward compatibility with PS1 and PS2. If anything, superglue that sucker in place – it's not going anywhere.

While Sony hasn't divulged the full details on how extensive backward compatibility will be on PlayStation 5, reading the room, it's looking like support for the "overwhelming majority" of PS4 games is our best bet on the new console and everything else – PS1, PS2, and PS3 – is wishful thinking.

While this isn't the be-all and end-all on the subject (and it sure would be nice to have clarity from Sony), according to a Ubisoft support page, backward compatibility "will be available for supported PlayStation 4 titles, but will not be possible for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, or PlayStation games."

[Update: After widespread circulation, Ubisoft removed that sentence from the support page.]

The meaning behind that wording could be interpreted in a few different ways, so for comparison's sake, it's worth looking at the equivalent support page for Xbox Series X. As Ubisoft puts it, backward compatibility "will be available for supported Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Xbox titles" on Xbox Series X.

It's a stark contrast. I get that BC support isn't a priority for Sony and many players, but for those of us who do care about it – enough to dig up a Ubisoft support page for details – it's such a big deal.

Mentally, I'm at the point where I just hope all of my PS4 games work on PS5. The bar is that low.


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Old 09-02-2020, 12:01 AM   #2
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I thought we knew this?

but it's funny that they used emulation software in the PS1 classic to run the games that everyone can get on the net. But won't do it for the new console. Even if it was just to rebuy the games again, I rather have something than nothing.
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Old 09-02-2020, 12:29 AM   #3
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It's disappointing how Sony handles backwards compatability.
If there's one thing they should copy from Microsoft, it's that.
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I thought we knew this?

but it's funny that they used emulation software in the PS1 classic to run the games that everyone can get on the net. But won't do it for the new console. Even if it was just to rebuy the games again, I rather have something than nothing.
I think it has a lot to do with licensing.
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Well I guess it's a good thing they still manufacture those consoles so games arn't just lost to time.



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Microsoft tries harder because they are the furthest thing from #1. Maybe Sony would try harder if they got knocked down a peg or two.
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I think it has a lot to do with licensing.
I figured it was cause they don't want to still do support for it or people phoning up asking why Ashley and Mary Kate games won't work on the PS5.
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