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PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility question creates unlikely conflict: SIE CEO Jim Ryan vs gaming personality HipHopGamer

An estimated 7,900 games were released for the original PlayStation console. (Image source: eBay)
An estimated 7,900 games were released for the original PlayStation console. (Image source: eBay)
Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) CEO Jim Ryan has expressly stated that there will be no backwards compatibility (BC) to the PS1, PS2, and PS3 for the upcoming PlayStation 5. However, just as the PS5 BC question appeared to be put to bed, social media commenter HipHopGamer claimed that disc-based full BC was still a thing.
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Sony chief Jim Ryan has made it clear in an interview with Famitsu that there will be no native support for PS1, PS2, and PS3 titles (and even some PS4 games, as “only” 99% will work) on the PlayStation 5. While this was pretty much expected at this point, thanks to what seems like a blunder by Ubisoft, diehards who are convinced there will be full PS5 backwards compatibility are refusing to back down, with HipHopGamer being especially vocal.

The same “gamer personality” revealed details of a PS5 “remastering engine” for PS1, PS2, PS3, and even PS4 titles that would allow owners to play their beloved titles of yore on the new machine. But it seems Ryan has inadvertently thrown down a gauntlet here, as HipHopGamer has taken to Twitter to categorically state that "something" was shown to him in regard to backwards compatibility across all generations, which would function both via download and disc.

Unfortunately, those still hoping for news about PS5 BC all the way back to the PS1 will have to wait a few days, until September 30, before the social media resident reveals what he has on the subject that could possibly undermine Jim Ryan’s unambiguous statement. There is a mention of “new PSNow”, and it is possible a backwards compatibility feature going further back than the PS4 could eventually be integrated into the newly announced PlayStation Plus Collection.

Source(s)

Famitsu (in Japanese) via Arstechnica & @HipHopGamer

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-09-18 (Update: 2020-09-30)
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.