Backward Compatibility has been a long road of more questions than answers for the PS5. We’ve gotten snippets of info from Sony here and there but we’ve never actually gotten a full rundown of how backward compatibility will work on the PlayStation 5.
Sony has finally given us the answers to those questions in a recent PlayStation Blog post. To start, as of now, Sony is exclusively focused on backward compatibility for the PlayStation 4. 99% of PlayStation 4 games will be playable on the PlayStation 5 on day one.
Digital & Disc-Based PS4 Games will work on the standard edition of the PS5 with the Ultra HD Blu-ray drive. Digital PS4 Games will work on the digital edition (no disc drive) of the PS5. As to be expected, PS4 titles will see boosted loading speeds and enhanced frame rate on the PS5.
PlayStation VR games on the PS4 will be playable on the PS5. Important to note that the PS5 Camera isn’t compatible with the PS VR headset on PS5. You’ll need the PS4 Camera to play PS VR on the PS5. Backward compatible PS4 games included in PS Plus or PS Now will work on the PS5, and Remote Play will also be supported.
You can transfer digital games, game data, and game saves from a PS4 console to a PS5 console using LAN cables, WIFI, A USB storage device, and PS Plus Cloud Storage.
As of right now, here’s the current crop of games that are only available on PS4 and won’t be backward compatible.
- 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
Lastly, those who purchase games such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PS4 will have the free upgrade option on PS4, not to mention the game saves will transfer over as well.
That’s pretty much it for backward compatibility news from PlayStation on the PS5, and it’s just a bit more info we have leading up to the release of the console on November 12th.