A post on the Ubisoft website (as spotted by Twitter user Nibel) suggests that the PS5 will only be directly backward compatible with PlayStation 4 games and won’t natively support games from other PlayStation generations.
“As part of their next-gen UPGRADE PROCESS, PlayStation offer a number of features designed to help you move from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5,” says Ubisoft in response to a question about upgrading games from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5 “Backwards compatibility will be available for supported PlayStation 4 titles, but will not be possible for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, or PlayStation games.”
Ubisoft does not elaborate on the meaning of this statement or whether this is Sony’s official stance on the matter of PS5 backward compatibility. Sony has also not commented on this statement as of the time of this writing.
However, Sony’s previous statements regarding the PS5’s backward compatibility options have all focused on the PlayStation 4. Not only are you able to purchase a copy of certain games on PS4 and access those titles on PS5, but you’ll be able to play at least most of your PlayStation 4 games on PS5 at launch via physical discs you own as well as your PlayStation Store downloads. They haven’t really shared their plans (if they have any) regarding how they will handle games in previous PlayStation generations.