Backwards Compatibility Can You Play PS1 PS2 PS3 Games On PS5 Guide News PS5

Can You Play PS1, PS2, PS3 Games On PS5?

Can you play PS1 PS2 PS3 games on PS5

Can you play PS1, PS2, PS3 games on PS5 is a common question that many people are asking. With PS5 backwards compatibility confirmed to allow gamers to play PS4 games on PS5, it makes sense that gamers everywhere are wondering whether or not the PS5 backwards compatibility will extend to PlayStation games from previous generations. In our handy little guide, we let you know whether or not you can you play PS1, PS2, PS3 games on PS5.

Can You Play PS1, PS2, PS3 Games On PS5?


At the moment, you cannot play PS1, PS2 and PS3 games natively on PS5. This means that putting in PS1, PS2 and PS3 discs into your PS5 will not work. This also means that any digital PS3 games which you own cannot be downloaded and played on PS5 either.

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You can however download digital PS4 games onto PS5 without issue – for further reading on this you can check out our guide. If the situation changes, we’ll be sure to update this guide.

Can you play PS1 PS2 PS3 games On PS5
Sadly, it appears that PS3 games like Red Dead Redemption will not be supported out of the box on PS5.

PlayStation Now PS5 – Can It Play PS1, PS2 & PS3 Games?

The only way that you’ll be able to play PS1, PS2 and PS3 games on PS5 is through Sony’s PlayStation Now streaming service. While hardly a perfect solution, PlayStation Now on PS5 will still allow players a glimpse into the back catalog of titles from the older PlayStation consoles.

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To that end, a patent was recently unearthed which goes into detail about how PlayStation Now will be able to play PS1, PS2 and PS3 games. As such, it looks like the future of PS5 backwards compatibility for PS1, PS2 and PS3 games lay with PlayStation Now at this point.

We hope you found this guide useful and in the meantime we’ll be sure to update it as soon as new details become available. For further reading, you might want to check out our total PS5 guide.