Is PS5 backward compatible? Here’s everything you need to know

Is PS5 backward compatible with older PlayStation consoles like the PS4? That might be a question you’ve considered if you’re thinking of buying a PS5, especially if you’re also looking to get rid of older consoles like the PS4. After all, you’d no longer need to keep your old systems around if you could just play its games on newer hardware, right?

Backward compatibility has been a hot topic among gamers for a few console generations now. It’s something that many of us arguably took for granted, especially as consoles like the Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360 all featured backward compatibility with their prior generations to some extent. That became less of a certainty in the following years, though, as both the PS4 and Xbox One lacked backward compatibility at launch, with just the Xbox One implementing the much-requested features a couple of years into its life.

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