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What’s going on with all these PS3 games? (pic: Twitter)

Rumours of a PlayStation version of Game Pass have increased with what seems to be a new approach to backwards compatibility on PS5.

Something is definitely going on with the PlayStation at the moment. Just days ago, Sony was reported as telling retailers not to promote PS Now anymore, increasing rumours that some sort of PlayStation Game Pass is being readied, and now it seems their approach to backwards compatibility is changing too.

Traditionally, Sony has never been keen on backwards compatibility – famously removing it from later models of the PlayStation 3 console – but in recent years Microsoft has made such a virtue of it that Sony has had to take notice.

What efforts they did make were via streaming service PlayStation Now, such that when searching for PlayStation 3 games on the PlayStation Store you’d be redirected to PS Now. But some people have noticed that PlayStation 3 games are now available directly on the store.

The change is not visible for everyone, and isn’t on the web version at all, suggesting Sony is still in the middle of implementing it and that they’re about to unveil some sort of new backwards compatibility service.

Currently, the only previous format the PlayStation 5 is backwards compatible with is the PlayStation 4, whereas the Xbox Series X/S can run games from any generation and in most cases is able to augment them significantly from their original release.

Although it could be some kind of error, this seems unlikely given that the games have a proper price and can be added to your wishlist without any errors.

What’s especially interesting is that one of the games listed is Dead Or Alive 5 (for £7.99), which isn’t on PS Now anyway – so something new definitely seems to be happening.

Whether this is all related to the rumoured Game Pass equivalent is impossible to say but the previous rumours of a service codenamed Spartacus, suggested it has three pricing tiers.

The first is supposedly not much different from the current version of PlayStation Plus, the second offers a wide range of downloadable games (but not first party titles on day one), and the third adds streaming and backwards compatible PlayStation 1, 2, 3, and Portable titles.

Today’s revelations suggests that perhaps these retro titles will also be available separately, but whatever’s going on, and combined with the PS Now changes, it seems as if an official announcement must be imminent.

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