July 5, 2022

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PlayStation 5 Backwards Compatiblity Explained

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In a reveal with Wired [1], PS5 Lead Architect Mark Cerny confirmed that the PlayStation 5 would have Backwards Compatibility with all PlayStation 4 games.

It will also be fully compatible with the PlayStation VR Headset and all of the PSVR Games currently available, though it is not known if the PSVR will see a new iteration.

Backwards Compatible Games

As of now, it has been confirmed that nearly all PlayStation 4 Games will be compatible with the PS5 console.

Mark Cerny confirmed during a tech spec reveal presentation that Sony looked at the top 100 played PS4 games to take advantage of the PS5’s “boost mode’, and “almost all” of them will be playable in that state on the PS5 at launch. You can see the known PS4 games receiving a significant boost here.

As for games that are backwards compatible, “select” PS4 games will benefit from Game Boost, which “may make PS4 games run with a higher or smoother frame rate”.

However, according to Sony CEO Jim Ryan, the PS5 will not have backwards compatibility support for the PS3, PS2, or PS1 console games.

When viewing your game hub on the PlayStation 5, any applicable games will show up a [Game Name] | PS4 – please take note of this if you have upgraded to the PS5 version of a multi-platform game. See How to Switch Game Versions for more information.

How to Play Backwards Compatible Games

If you have the PlayStation 5 disc edition of the console, you need only insert your physical PlayStation 4 game disc to begin the process to play your favorite games.

For those who have the discless edition, or who have bought PlayStation games on the PlayStation Store, simply go to your game library and select the PlayStation 4 game you wish to install.


PS4 Games NOT Compatible With PS5

The games below are confirmed “PS4 only” games. This means these games will not be playable through the PS5’s backwards compatibility.

  • 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
  • P.T.

Backwards Compatible VR Support

The PlayStation VR Headset and all of its games have been confirmed to be compatible with the PS5. You however need the old PS Camera and DualShock 4 and/or optional Move Controllers.

In order to use PSVR on your PS5 you need an adapter which can be ordered on the PlayStation support website.

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