PS5 Could Get PS3 Backward Compatibility As PS3 Games Appear On PS Store
If new listings on PlayStation Store indicate, the PlayStation 5 may be getting backward compatibility to PS3 games. The PS5 currently supports only PS4 games, which is quite different to the Xbox Series X/S, which plays titles from all other Xbox consoles. Although rumors had circulated that the PS5 would support certain titles, this was not the case at launch of the PS5 in the latter half of 2018.
The PlayStation Store is the only place you can play PS3 games, aside from remastered PS4 Rereleases such as God War 3. Many of these titles, however, require subscribers to the PlayStation Now streaming service. These are only a fraction of the many beloved titles that were released during the PS3 era. A USPTO Report patent filed by Mark Cerny, head Sony engineer, suggests that Sony may be preparing to implement full Backward Compatibility for the PS5. There are also rumors that Sony might include old PlayStation games in a gaming subscription service similar to Microsoft’s Xbox Games Pass.
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Eurogamer reports that PS3 game are now appearing on the PlayStation Store with price tags. This may just be a glitch but VGCwriter believes that it could indicate that Sony plans to restore backward compatibility for the PS5 in the near term. These price tags can only be seen if the PS Store is accessed via the PS5 console. The version accessed via a web browser shows only prices for PS4 or PS5 games.
The PS5 is still the most popular console of all time, but there’s no doubt that its robust backward compatibility with Xbox 360 and Xbox One titles gives it an advantage over long-time gamers who might want to play some of their old games. In celebration of Xbox’s 20th Anniversary, Microsoft added 70 classic titles to the Xbox Series X/S backward compatibility list . These include favorites such as the Max Payne trilogy to obscure cult classics such as 50 Cent’s Blood On The Sand.
Although nothing is yet confirmed about any plans to bring backward compatibleity to the PlayStation 5, fans have been asking for the possibility to play titles from the original PlayStation 2, PS2 and PS3 ever since the PS5 was announced. This could indicate that Sony plans to offer more PS3-era games on the PlayStation Store.