PS5 won’t be backwards compatible with PS1, PS2 or PS3, confirms Ubisoft

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After the reveal of Sony‘s PS5 in June, we didn’t hear much from them regarding the console itself. Since its reveal, fans have been waiting for new information relying mostly on leaks. We still don’t know what will be the exact price for PS5 or the release date as Sony has been pretty hush on the topic. However, rumors suggest there will be a Sony event for the PlayStation 5 on 9th September.

A twitter user Nibel has pointed out interesting information regarding the PS5 through Ubisoft‘s website.

Ubisoft has explained on their support page how cross-gen upgrade will work. They are saying that PlayStation 5 will support backwards compatibility for PS4 only. As for users who own PS1,2 or 3 titles, they will have to stick to their old consoles if they wish to play those games again. PS4 users will be able to play their already purchased as well as the preordered titles, on the next-gen console, however, there is a small catch for some users.

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How will PlayStation5 Backwards Compatibility work?

As explained above, PlayStation 5 will only be supporting backwards compatibility for the PS4. PS4 users will be able to join multiplayer sessions with PS5 users. This is great news for PS4 users who might be waiting for sales like black friday to get their hands on PS5.

Players who have bought PS4 supported titles or do it in the future will get the upgrade for free whenever they buy a PS5. Players who own games on digital accounts will only have to log in with their credentials to gain access to the games they have already purchased on that account. In contrast, for the people who own disk copies of the game, there is a catch.

They will be required to insert the purchased disk into the console to gain access. For this purpose, they will have to buy the disk-supported version of PS5.

PS5 will support backwards compatibility for PS4 only
Image: sony.com

This might cost them extra if they wish to play those games on PS5. As of now, there is no possibility of playing physically purchased copies of the game on the next-gen console. Once the upgrade is over, players will still be able to play their game on PS4 if they wish to do so.

Coming to the question regarding game progress and in-game purchases or pre-orders, the rewards will be transferred to the next generation console. This includes any bought DLCs, skins, battle passes, pre-orders, and Ubisoft club rewards.

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PS5 box leaked

Currently, there is no official word about the box for the console either. This has left people to their imagination, however a twitter user, Marlon Gaming Nation has claimed that he received a PS5 box from the factory. The box does indeed look heavy and huge.

Some users were quick to point out that this picture is the result of photoshop and hence, a fake one. The users on Reddit have come up with great arguments which depict the image shown as fake. For now, all we can do is wait and see what has sony planned for the box and of course the console itself.

Sony has uploaded a private video on their YouTube channel

On its YouTube channel, Sony has posted a private video that is set to be released soon. Anticipation is growing as users want to know what exactly is in it. Moreover, people are coming up with theories about the said video. Some think it is a new game trailer, while, some think it is regarding the price of PS5. Could it be related to the rumored Sony event on 9th September? possibly, but we will have to wait and see.

What will be the price for PS5?

There is no official word on the subject yet. However, through careful speculation, it is suggested that the Disk supported version will retail around $599 while the digital variant will be $499.

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