Backward compatibility is a phrase that you see often when a new generation console is released. What it means in the simplest of terms is if a new game console supports games from the previous generation. Sony has released a blog post explaining how it will work on the PlayStation 5 (PS5).
When the PlayStation 5 goes on sale next month, its catalog of games will be very small but the good news is that, for those who own the PlayStation 4, they will be able to play their current catalog of games on the new game console. These games include exclusives such as The Last of Us Part II and Ghost of Tsushima.
When the PlayStation 5 launches this November, more than 99 percent of the 4000+ games available on PS4 will be playable on PS5 – Hideaki Nishino (SVP, Platform Planning and Management)
We all know the PS5 comes in two versions – an all-digital version and a version with a Blu-ray disc drive. According to the post, the mode of playing PS4 games will differ on both.
For the digital edition of the console, users will be able to play the digital edition of their compatible PS4 games on the PS5 Digital Edition. These games include those they already bought or those they plan to purchase on the PlayStation Store on the PS4, PS5, web, or via the PlayStation mobile app. Those who have PS4 discs but pick up the PS5 digital Edition will not be able to play their disc-based games on the console.
If you pick up the PS5 with a drive, you will be able to play the digital version of the games you bought on it. If you also have disc-based games, you will also be able to pop them in the drive and play. Sony advises that users update their consoles to the latest version and also apply any game patches available. Supported games for both versions of the PS5 include PlayStation VR games too.
It doesn’t end there. The PS4 games you play on the PS5 will have a different experience. They will load faster and also take advantage of Game Boost for better and more stable frame rates. The post also says that these games will take advantage of some of the new console’s new UX features but doesn’t explain which ones. Users will also be able to move game saves (based on developer decision) from the PS4 to PS5 using LAN cables, WiFi, external storage USB, and cloud storage for those who have a PS Plus account.
Sony says not all games will work and have released a list of unsupported games (below). To make it easier, games that do not work with the PS5 will have a description that says “PS4 only” on the PlayStation Store. Also, supported games may exhibit errors or unexpected behavior when played on the PS5, and certain features such as the SHARE menu, tournaments feature, In-Game Live, and PS4 Second Screen app don’t work with the PS5.
PS4 games not compatible with the 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
The PS4 games you play on the PS5 can be played with the DualShock 4 controller, the DualSense controller of the PS5, and licensed third-party controllers. For PS VR games, you also need the PS VR headset, a PS Camera that needs to be bought separately, and a PS camera adaptor. Officially-licensed racing wheels, arcade sticks, and flight sticks will work with compatible PS4 games on the PS5 and also with PS5 games, however, the DualShock 4 controller can’t work for PS5 games.
More details about the PS5’s backward compatibility and how to get your PS4 games on the new console are explained here.
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