Shortly after Sony began removing PS Now cards from U.K. retailers, a number of PS3 games have started appearing in the PS5’s PlayStation Store. VGC uncovered a number of PS3 games that have appeared on the PS5’s PSN Store, including Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia games, Bejeweled, and Dead or Alive 5, which shouldn’t be on the European PSN to begin with.
The games that appeared were originally a part of the PS Now streaming service, but now have prices on them, making fans wonder if this is a random glitch or signs that PlayStation's new subscription service, a mix of backwards compatible games and cloud games codenamed Spartacus, is nearing launch.
PS3 Games From PS Now Have Started Appearing On The PS5’s PSN Store
Fans hoped for extensive backwards compatibility when the PS5 launched, particularly after several patents surfaced that pointed to classic games all the way back to the PSX era possibly showing up on the hardware. However, up to now, Sony's latest PlayStation only plays PS5 and PlayStation 4 games. It seemed that PS Now was the solution to this problem, but the service can't be enjoyed by everyone thanks to it requiring a good internet connection.
Sony pursuing an alternate solution is nothing new, either. Earlier in 2021, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan said the company was exploring its own version of Game Pass to compete with Microsoft's service.