A new game console like the PlayStation 5 is a substantial investment, so you can ideally extend its value by continuing to play old PS4 games. If you’re wondering if your existing library of PS4 games will work on your new PS5, some good news awaits you: that’s a qualified ‘yes’.
The PS5 is backward compatible with PS4, to some extent
The vast majority of PS4 game titles will play on a PS5 console. That’s around 4,000 games, so with rare exceptions, your existing game collection will work fine (although you should make sure your PS5 has all available updates installed before trying to play PS4 games). Sony also recommends that you verify that your main game is working properly on your PS5 before purchasing or installing any add-ons for the game.
In fact, some PS4 games may see an overall improvement when played on PS5. Some games can take advantage of the PS5’s Game Boost feature, which allows the game to run at a higher frame rate. Games that perform best on PS5 thanks to Game Boost include Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Crysis Remastered, God of War, Ratchet & Clank, Rocket League, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and more.
If you like PlayStation VR, you will be happy to know that PS VR titles are included in the list of compatible games. Playing VR games on a PS5 requires a PS VR headset, PlayStation Camera for PS4, and a PlayStation Camera adapter, and games work best when using a DualShock 4 controller.
PS4 specific limitations on PS5
The list of PS4 games known to be incompatible with the PS5 is pretty short. At the moment, these are the only games to avoid:
- Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma Volume One
- TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2
- Just face it!
- Robinson: The journey
- Let’s sing
- Hitman Go: Final Edition
While most other games will work on PS5, the gaming experience may not always be 100% perfect. Some features or functionality that were available on PS4 may not work when playing on PS5. For example, the Share menu cannot be displayed on PS5 while playing a PS4 game. However, you can take screenshots by pressing the button Create on the DualSense controller. Likewise, some PS4 games can’t record video at 3840 x 2160 even if you start recording at that setting – you’ll only get a resolution of 1920 x 1080.