For gamers who want to enjoy a massive library of games, it seems that Microsoft’s Xbox Series X could be the console to get. This is because the console will support backwards compatibility with games going back as far as the original Xbox as long as those games were already backwards compatible on the Xbox One X.
So what about the Sony PS5? Unfortunately for gamers, it seems that Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan has confirmed in an interview with Famitsu (translated by Siliconera) that the company’s latest console will not be compatible with games designed for the PS3 or older.
According to Ryan, “We keep in mind the engineering specialized for the PS5, as we produced the device. In the midst of that, the PS4 already has 100 million players; we thought they ought to want to play PS4 titles on the PS5 as well indeed, so we included compatibility with the PS4. While implementing that, we also focused our efforts on taking in the high-speed SSD and the new controller DualSense at the same time. So, unfortunately, we couldn’t reach the implementation of such compatibilities.”
This is a bit unfortunate for PS5 gamers hoping to be able to access more games than just those designed for the PS4 and PS5. However, we reckon it’s not too big of a deal since one of the reasons gamers upgrade to newer consoles is to enjoy the new hardware and games optimized for it, but it’s something to take note of anyway.