PlayStation 5: backward compatibility – will PlayStation 4 games be compatible with PlayStation 5?
The Playstation 5 will have the backward compatibility as one of its strengths, unlike its predecessor, the PlayStation 4.
This functionality was specified during the announcement of the technical characteristics of the PS5, and basically means that the console will be compatible with certain titles from the PS4 catalog.
On this page you will find:
What consoles will be backward compatible with PS5?
PlayStation 5 will be compatible with Playstation 4 games.
In September 2020, the Ubisoft support page confirmed that PS5 will not be backward compatible with PS1, PS2 or PS3 games.
PS5 is also compatible with the PlayStation Now service, so users of this subscription service will be able to play their catalog of PS4, PS3 and PS2 games.
What games will be backward compatible with PS5?
Following the presentation of the price and date of PS5 the CEO of Sony confirmed in an interview that “99%” of PS4 games will be backward compatible with PS5.
Thanks to the Sony support page we know which are the 10 PS4 games that will NOT be compatible with PS5:
- 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
- Joe’s Diner
On the other hand, there will be specific PS4 games, such as Fornite, that will have PlayStation 5 versions, which technically makes them PlayStation 5 versions. These versions will probably take advantage of the benefits of the new system.
How will PS4 games work on PS5?
A selection of PS4 games will feature the Game Boost feature for a more stable or higher framerate. It has not been indicated which games will be supported
The games are being evaluated “one by one” to look for any possible technical problems, but it is possible that they have them even if they are compatible.
To run the games on disc (only on the PS5 with disc, obviously) you will have to keep the Blu-Ray on the console at all times, just like on Xbox One with the backward compatible 360 or Xbox OG.
In the case of digital games, they will appear as part of our library and we can download them from the PS5 Games menu.
There will be a tool to transfer the games and saves from PS4 to PS5 via Wifi or LAN. In addition, PS4 games can be played from an external hard drive, as on Xbox Series X / S with backward compatible ones.
The hardware restrictions were already known (you can read more below) although here it is indicated that the company recommends using PS4 controllers to play backward compatible games on PS5 “to have the best experience”.
HDR will be enabled by default on PS5, that the HD camera will not be compatible with the PS4 (a PS Camera will be required) and that we will not be able to broadcast PS4 games with Live from Playstation on PS5.
The launch of PlayStation 5 is just around the corner. We have all the information you need about the technical specifications including the CPU and GPU, the design of the console and its size, the new DualSense controller and of course all the PlayStation 5 games confirmed to date, including the PS4 backward compatible ones.
Will the Dual Shock 4 and other accessories work with PS5?
Sony has confirmed that some (but not all) PS4 accessories will work with PS5.
PS4 accessories that work with PS4 and PS5 games:
- Steering wheels, arcade sticks and flight sticks with official license
- Platinum and Gold Wireless Headphones
- Third-party headphones that connect via USB or audio jack
PS4 accessories that will only work with PS4 games:
- The DualShock 4 will work on PS5, but only with backward compatible PS4 games
- Officially licensed PS4 third-party controllers
- PS Move controllers (for PS VR games)
- PS VR Aim Controller (for PS VR games)
- PlayStation Camera (for PS VR games, requires adapter)