Right from the start, Sony has been transparent when it comes to what platforms the PS5 is going to support through backwards compatibility. We know the console supports PS4 and will allow users to seamlessly transition from one generation to the other. In addition, we know Sony offers PlayStation Now for other older games. We also know that the PlayStation 5 does not support PS3, PS2 and PS1 games through the backwards compatibility feature. To no one’s surprise, Ubisoft confirmed the lack of older console support on a FAQ page.
Ubisoft updated its support page for the PS4 and PS5 transition FAQ. This is in support for the publisher’s upcoming games which support cross-gen upgrades from PS4 to PlayStation 5. For some reason Ubisoft thought it was important to list the lack of backwards compatibility on Sony’s console saying;
The page also mentions that PS4 players are able to join multiplayer games with PlayStation 5 owners. Of course, we already knew this all. We knew Sony’s next-gen console does not support PS3 games and we knew about the cross-play support. If you did not, then now you know.
Sony dropped backwards compatibility support last generation with the launch of the PlayStation 4. The console was unable to play PS3 games. However, it was not the first time the company dropped support. Prior to that, only specific launch versions of the PS3 supported PS2 and PS1 games. Shortly after launch, Sony removed the feature and forced gamers to stick to older hardware or purchase remasters. At least things are different this time around with the PS5.