The PlayStation 5 is being released on Thursday, and people are pumped about what the new system has to offer at launch.

Others, though, also want to know whether the next-gen console can deliver doses of nostalgia.

Given the phenomenal catalogue of prior PlayStation generations — especially the PS2 — the question of backward compatibility is always important.

Unfortunately for people buying the first versions of the PlayStation 5, the feature is limited. That could of course change in updated next-gen models.

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Is the PS5 backward compatible with old PlayStation games?

There is full backward compatibility with PS4 games, both with discs you physically own and with games you’ve previously downloaded. Additionally, there will be PlayStation Store downloads of PS4 titles on the PS5.

Sony has said that many PS4 games will look better on next-gen systems than they did in their original format.

At launch, original PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 games won’t be compatible with the PS5.

Does it matter which version of the PS5 you buy?

Both versions of the new console (one has an optical disc drive while the other is digital-only) can play PS4 games. The only difference is that the system with the disc drive can play physical copies as well as digital PS4 downloads.

Does Xbox have the same capabilities?

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S go beyond the PlayStation 5 in terms of backward compatibility, allowing users to play select games from the original Xbox and more than 500 titles from the Xbox 360 in addition to titles from the most recent Xbox One.

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