PS4 Backwards Compatibility On PS5 Detailed

Sony released today details how the backwards compatibility works on PS5 Majortiy of the 4000+ PS4 games will work on your PS5 day one, and only 10 games won’t. That’s like over 99+% of the PS4 library. Also, it’s confirmed that only PS4 games are backwards compatible on PS5. Nothing older than that.

The confirmed list of games that will NOT work on PS5 are as follows.

  • DWVR
  • Afro Samurai 2 Revenge of Kuma Volume One
  • TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2
  • Just Deal With It!
  • Shadow Complex Remastered
  • Robinson: The Journey
  • We Sing
  • Hitman Go: Definitive Edition
  • Shadwen
  • Joe’s Diner

You can find this list on PlayStation’s official support page. It is subject to change, meaning there might be more not backwards compatible games. Also, this list excludes excludes demos, media, and non-game applications.

Some games also can utilize the Game Boost which kind of misleading term and I we are not mistaken needs the developer support from any given game to utilize. Examples of this are Sony’s own first party titles like Ghost of Tsushima. We really hope that PS4 games with dynamic resolutions and uncapped frame-rates won’t have to take advantage of this to run better on PS5. The PlayStation Blog hints that might not be the case fortunately. Either or, Sony’s messaging is very vague here and we just have to wait and see.

Also, some backwards compatibility games might take advantage of the new PS5 UX features.

Let’s list some of the QA they have on the PlayStation Blog but with fewer words.

  • Only PS4 games are backwards compatible with PS5
  • PSVR can be used, you need PS4 camera to do so. Doesn’t work with PS5 camera. You can get adapter for free from Sony.
  • PSNow and PSPlus PS4 game are bacwards compatible. Streaming games from PSNow aren’t enhanced on PS5 in any way.
  • You can play your digitally purchased PS4 games on all PS5 consoles but physical PS4 discs only on PS5 with UltraHD Blu-ray drive.
  • PS4 game data and saves can be transferred to PS5 via LAN cables, Wi-FI, USB-sticks and from cloud storage.
  • Note that all game you upgrade from PS4 to PS5 game data won’t follow, this is up to developer of the any given game. Refer to our PS4 to PS5 Upgrade Chart for more information and feel free to share it!

For further details you can read the PlayStation Blog post.


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