It looks as though Persona 4 Golden and Persona 3 Portable will be receiving native ports on Xbox Series X|S but not on PS5 when it launches on January 2024. Atlus has all but confirmed speculation on the subject in response to a query by Gematsu.
Xbox Series X|S native ports were not expected at first
Finally got a response about this. The Xbox Series versions of P4G / P3P are native! https://t.co/K8pkLKm6Ak
— Gematsu (@gematsu) October 12, 2024
In a tweet posted above, Gematsu revealed that it had asked Atlus in June about whether the Xbox Series versions of the two Persona games would be native or merely playable through Xbox One backward compatibility. Gematsu EIC Sal Romano clarified further in a Resetera thread that he expected the developer to say that it’s only native to Xbox One but playable on Xbox Series X|S, so the news is surprising. It clarifies why Atlus posted a special announcement about both games on Twitter on October 8 that left out all PlayStation logos.
As to why Atlus has decided to pass over native PS5 ports for Persona 4 Golden and Persona 3 Portable, he suggests that it may be a matter of “what’s the point?” when it won’t make much of a difference. That said, making native PS5 ports shouldn’t be terribly difficult, and given the history of the Persona series being exclusive in various ways to PlayStation platforms, it wouldn’t be too far out of place for Persona fans to expect these ports in the first place.