PlayStation 5’s Backward Compatibility With PlayStation 4 Games Detailed

PlayStation has released an official blog post detailing how backwards compatibility will work on the PlayStation 5, as well as a support article with more details.

Only PlayStation 4 titles will be backwards compatible on the PlayStation 5, and of those titles, 99% of them will be playable.

Select PS4 titles will be enhanced on the PS5 with features like increased loading speeds and more stabilized and improved frame rates. PS4 titles with unlocked framerates and dynamic resolution up to 4K may also see improved performance and graphical fidelity. It is also stated that “PS4 games will also take advantage of some of PS5’s new UX features” but as of now, there have been no details on what that exactly means.

PlayStation VR titles will work normally on the PS5, but one important aspect of note is that the PS5 HD camera is not compatible with PS VR games. Only the PS4 hardware that is used for VR titles on PS4 will work on the PS5.

Remote Play from PS4 to PS5 and PS Now is also supported, but playing titles that way will not garner any boosted features. You can still save screenshots and videos of PS4 titles on the PS5, but the Share menu will not appear.

Save data and game data transfer is possible through WiFi, LAN cables or PS Plus Cloud Storage. PS4 titles that have upgraded PS5 versions will not have guaranteed save data transfer however, that is a developer only decision.

There are 11 PS4 titles that will not be playable on PS5. These titles are:

  • 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

Also of note, you obviously can not play any physically owned PS4 games of yours on a digital edition of the PS5.

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