A support page on Ubisoft's website seems to have conclusively shut the door on an early PlayStation 5 rumor: the console will not offer backwards compatibility with PS1, PS2, or PS3 games. This news will likely prove unsurprising for most, but for those that were still holding out hope for more robust backwards compatibility for the console, it seems that won't be the case this generation. Interestingly enough, the wording that mentions backwards compatibility has since been removed from the site by Ubisoft. A screenshot of the original wording can be found in the Tweet below from @Wario64, while the edited version can be found right here.
Interestingly enough, Sony has yet to reveal much about the PS5's backwards compatibility. Earlier this year, the company stated that the system will only offer backwards compatibility for some of the PS4's most popular games. Since then, no further information has been given. For those considering selling off or trading in their PS4 to upgrade, this is particularly frustrating. At the moment, gamers don't know what the system will cost or which games will be playable.
Interestingly enough, Sony's backwards compatibility strategy this generation seems to be a stark contrast with that of Microsoft. The Xbox Series X will feature full backwards compatibility with the Xbox One, with a number of games receiving free updates on the upcoming console. All signs seem to show Microsoft pushing the feature hard when the console releases. In an earnings call last month, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated that the system "will launch this fall with the largest launch lineup for any console ever," seemingly referring to the number of games that will be playable on day one.
While PS5's backwards compatibility remains a mystery, the system will offer at least two big games during the launch window. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart have both been confirmed as launch window titles by Insomniac Games. For those less interested in the past and more interested in the next-generation, these two games could counter the argument of quantity versus quality. For now, fans will just have to wait and see what happens!