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Is PS4 Backwards Compatible? Everything You Need To Know

In this article, we will be explaining is PS4 backward compatible.

Ever wondered if PS4 plays old games from old PlayStation consoles like PS3?. The ability to play old games on your new console might not be of top priority to everyone, but it’s good to know whether your investment in Vita or PSP games will translate across Sony platforms. In this article, we will be explaining is PS4 backward compatible.

What Does PS4 Backwards Compatibility Means?

Backward compatibility is often bandied about on news articles and Reddit forums, but apparently, it’s used in reference to when a newer console can play games designed for an older console in the same family. Such as, PS2 was backward compatible with the original PlayStation (PS1). 

Does PS4 Backwards Compatible With PS3?

The answer is ‘No.’

PS4 is not fully compatible with PS3, or any other PlayStation console, Although not in the way you might think. For example, a PS3 disc can’t work on the PS4 console; it won’t just work at all.

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To play older Playstation games, you have to use the Playstation’s native streaming service known as PS.

Stream PS3 Games With PS Now

The Only option is to use Sony’s cloud gaming service PS, which allows you to stream an extensive selection of PS3 games on your PS4 through the Internet. You can also stream games to a PC and other devices if PS3 is not available.

Games such as:

  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Dead Space 3
  • God of War III
  • The Last of Us
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Uncharted 3
  • Borderlands 2

Meanwhile, PS4 does play a few select PS2 classics as well

Do you also know that many classic PlayStation games can be played on PS4 via the official emulated versions?

Still on the PS4 backward compatibility: Does each model, such as PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim, do backward compatibility differently?

Talking about backward compatibility with PS3, there is no discrepancy between any PS4 models known in 2019 (original, PS4 Slim, and PS4 Pro). They all run the same games. The only difference is that the Pro offers better graphics and performance for many titles, and it also means none of them can run on PS3 discs.

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I know you must have this question to ask as well,

Does PS4 Pro Backwards Compatible With PS4?

The answer is yes. PS4 Pro plays all PS4 games but not as being backward compatible. Although PS4 Pro is a new and more robust system, it is similar to PS4. PS4 Pro is not a new console but rather just a mid-generation hardware revision.

Standard PS4 is like a PC with a mid-range graphics card, while PS4 Pro is like a newer PC with a faster graphics card. Although both play the same games, they look slightly sharper on the PS4 Pro.

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Stella Temidayo Taylor is a staff writer for Novabach, she is a content writer with years of experience and has written for many websites on a different niche such as Entertainment, Politics, Lifestyle, Health, Business, Technology and well experienced in journalism.
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