Majority of PS4 Games Are Playable on PS5, Select PS4 Games to get a Boost on PS5

Majority of PS4 Games Are Playable on PS5, Select PS4 Games to get a Boost on PS5 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 09 October 2020 / 1,872 Views

The official PlayStation support page has released details on backwards compatibility for PlayStation 4 games running on the PlayStation 5.

The "overwhelming majority" of PlayStation 4 games will be playable on the PlayStation 5. Select PS4 games will get a "Game Boost" running on the PS5, which may make the games run with a higher or smoother frame rate.

While the majority of PS4 games are playable on the PS4, some PS4 functionalities may not be available on the PS5. Some PS4 games "may exhibit errors or unexpected behavior when played on PS5 consoles." A handful of the PS4 games tested on the PS5 did not work and are listed as "Playable on: PS4 only."

PS5

Read all the information below:

The PS5™ console is backward compatible with the overwhelming majority of PS4™ games. That means an amazing collection of thousands of PS4 games can be played on your PS5 console.

PS4 games playable on PS5 consoles
The overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 games are playable on PS5 consoles. 

  • Select PS4 games will benefit from the PS5 console’s Game Boost, which may make PS4 games run with a higher or smoother frame rate. 
  • Although many PS4 games are playable on PS5 consoles, some functionalities that were available on the PS4 console may not be available on PS5 consoles. In addition, some PS4 games may exhibit errors or unexpected behavior when played on PS5 consoles.
  • Before purchasing add-ons to play with your PS4 games on PS5 consoles, please try to boot and play your PS4 games on your PS5 console to see if you are happy with the play experience.
  • Please note, playing PS VR games on a PS5 console requires a PlayStation VR headset, a PS camera (sold separately from PS5 console) and a PS camera adaptor (no purchase required). 
  • Always update your PS5 console to the latest version of the system software.

PS4 only games
While the majority of PS4 games are playable on PS5 consoles, below is a list of PS4 games that are playable on PS4 only. On PlayStation™Store, PS4 games that are not playable on the PS5 console will be marked with ‘Playable on: PS4 only’.

PS4 only games:
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


Playing PS4 game discs on a PS5 console with a disc drive

  1. Insert the PS4 game disc. You may need to download an update.
  2. Select the game hub from your Games home.
  3. You will need to keep the disc inserted each time to play the game.

PS4 game discs can’t be used with the PlayStation®5 Digital Edition. 

Transfer digital games from a PS4 console to a PS5 console

  • You can transfer digital games and saved data from a PS4 console to a PS5 console using WiFi data transfer. 
  • You can access PS4 games on a PS5 console directly from a PS5 extended storage drive. 

Install a PS4 digital game on a PS5 console

  1. Select game library from your Games home.
  2. Select the game you want to play.
  3. If you haven't already downloaded the game, select Download.
  4. The game will install automatically. Depending on the game, you may have the option to copy and play a portion of the game right away.

Upgrade eligible PS4 games to the PS5 version
You may have the option to upgrade your PS4 game to the digital PS5 version. Please visit the page below for more information.
Upgrade eligible PS4 games to the PS5 version

Compatible controllers on PS5 consoles

  • The DualSense™ wireless controller, DUALSHOCK™4 wireless controller and PlayStation officially licensed third-party gamepad controllers will work on PS5 consoles with supported PS4 games. 
  • Specialty peripherals, such as officially licensed racing wheels, arcade sticks, and flight sticks, will work with PS5 games and supported PS4 games.
  • Both the PS Move Motion Controller and the PlayStation VR Aim Controller will work with supported PS VR games on PS5 consoles.
  • For the best experience, use a DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller when playing PS4 games and PS VR games on a PS5 console. 
  • PS5 games are not compatible with the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller.
  • To adjust the strength of controller vibration on PS5 consoles, go to Settings > Accessories > Controllers > Vibration Intensity
  • The Platinum and Gold Wireless Headsets, as well as third-party headsets that connect via USB port or audio jack, will work on PS5 consoles (the headset companion app is not compatible with PS5 consoles).

PS5 backwards compatibility limitations

  • The SHARE menu cannot be displayed during PS4 gameplay on PS5 consoles. You can take screenshots and images by pressing the create button on your DualSense wireless controller to show the create menu. Additionally, you can use the button shortcuts to start/stop video recording or to save screenshots as follows:
    • Single press the create (DualSense) or SHARE button (DUALSHOCK4) to show the create menu
    • Press and hold the create (DualSense) or SHARE button (DUALSHOCK4)  to take a screenshot
    • Double press the create (DualSense) or SHARE button (DUALSHOCK4) to start and stop video recording manually. 
  • The HD Camera is not compatible with PS4 games – please connect a PlayStation Camera via a PlayStation®Camera adaptor.
  • HDR is automatically switched on for PS5 consoles. To turn off HDR, go to Settings > Screen and Video > Video Output > HDR and select SDR.
  • The PS4 tournaments feature is not supported on PS5 consoles.
  • In-Game Live from PlayStation is not supported on PS5 consoles. 
  • PS5 consoles do not support the PS4 Second Screen app or game companion apps.

The PlayStation 5 will launch on November 12 in North America, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, and in Europe and the rest of the world on November 19. 


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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13 Comments

AFattyGamer (on 09 October 2020)

Asking for PS3 backwards compatibility would've been a lot to ask for but the entire PS4 library being playable is still excellent :) Killzone Shadow Fall is the 1st boost mode game I'm playing on Sony PS5


Spike0503 (on 09 October 2020)

PS1 compatibility at least would've been a breeze to do but I guess that's too much to ask a multi-million dollar company. Sigh.


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Vendrom (on 09 October 2020)

Great, now Sony needs to address how the cross-save files work and we'll be good


Runa216 (on 09 October 2020)

Do yourself a favour and default to assuming there will be no conversions and that you gotta start your games over. If it's the case, then at least you prepared yourself. If you're wrong, then that's great news!


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DonFerrari (on 09 October 2020)

From the wifi you can transfer games and saves from what is in the article.


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Runa216 (on 09 October 2020)

How the heck did I miss that? damn. That is interesting. I went into this gen assuming my Ps4 save data was going to stay on the PS4, while any games transferred to Ps5 were going to have to start over. I was literally using this as an excuse to start Red Dead Redemption over (in 4K, maybe in first person mode)


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Mr Puggsly (on 10 October 2020)

Can't every game save just be uploaded on the cloud as well? That's how I plan on accessing them.


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Vendrom (on 10 October 2020)

Yes, but we've heard that some games won't support cross-save files between PS4 and PS5, though I see a pattern. If they state that only backwards compatible games will support the cross-save feature and not all the upgraded PS4 games, I'll be content


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DonFerrari (on 10 October 2020)

Pug, haven`t seem the info, but since for PS+ you can save on the cloud for PS4 and download in another perhaps it will allow it for PS5. It won`t be the same as you can keep playing the same save back and forth between 4 and 5 I guess (haven`t seem this info). The process to transfer saves will be the same, but it is true that some games won`t allow you to keep playing from a PS4 save.


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KratosLives (on 10 October 2020)

4000 plus titles?? that's insane. I didn't even think there was a thousand.


DonFerrari (on 09 October 2020)

Will HDR be applied to all PS4 games even the ones that didn`t had it? How will it work?


JWeinCom (on 11 October 2020)

No Joe's diner? Preorder cancelled.


Spike0503 (on 09 October 2020)

I was gonna complain about the headline but if the only PS4 games excluded are in that small list then that isn't too bad. I'm not interested in any of them.