Relatively recently, Sony stirred the minds of console gamers with two big news at once. The first, of course, was the premiere of the fifth generation of PlayStation consoles, which promised a revolutionary breakthrough in performance, as well as in the list of new features. The second most discussed announcement was the support of backward compatibility, which will make PS4 games appear on PS5 as well.
The interest was fueled by the announcement of the head of Sony Interactive Entertainment Jim Ryan that about 99% of the projects released in seven years get into the number of ported games.
During the time that the corporation remained silent, gamers were lost in speculation. Which games will be available and which ones won’t? What will it take to transfer them? What about the saves?
It’s no exaggeration to say that a huge number of awesome games have come out on PS4 that have won the hearts of people all over the world while boasting full replayability. That’s why the gaming community has been eagerly awaiting details.
So can you play PS4 games on PS5? Here is what you should know.
What games from PS4 are supported on PS5
There was no doubt that exclusives such as Ghost of Tsushima would be migrated to the new PlayStation, something Sony tweeted back in October. They later confirmed backward compatibility for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, The Order: 1886, Marvel’s Avengers, and the latest edition of FIFA.
Information shared by the developers themselves. In one of the June press conferences, CD Projekt RED said that will add backward compatibility not only for Cyberpunk 2077 but also for the other projects of the studio.
Developers of Naughty Dog, who have been releasing games for Sony for years, have confirmed that it will be possible to replay all the exclusives released for PS4 on PlayStation 5. These include the Uncharted series (including the re-release of the trilogy), both parts of The Last of Us – and even the last four releases of Jak and Daxter.
Sony Santa Monica also rushed to please God of War fans: the adventures of Kratos (both from 2018 and from the God of War 3 remaster) will appear on PS5 on release day.
It’s important to note that games that support backward compatibility will receive an additional upgrade due to the Game Boost feature, designed to improve performance and provide consistently high framerate.
In addition, many of the games released during the generation change of PlayStations will receive global updates in the form of next-gen versions. These include such hits as Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, DOOM Eternal, and Cyberpunk 2077.
For a list of PS4 games you can play on PS5 and more information on backward compatibility, click on this link.
Does backward compatibility apply to PlayStation VR games
Yes, PlayStation VR games are included in the list of thousands of PS4 games available to play on PS5. Keep in mind that to run PS VR games on the PS5 console, you will need a PS VR headset, DualShock 4 or PlayStation Move wireless controller, and PS Camera (for PS4), which are sold separately from the PS5 console.
Also, the PS5 HD Camera isn’t compatible with the PS VR features on the PS5 console. To use the PS VR features on the PS5, you must use the PS Camera (for PS4) and the PS Camera adapter (not separately purchased).
How to transfer game saves from PS4 to PS5
There are several options available for transferring your saves, among which everyone can choose the most convenient one. For example, if both consoles are connected to the same network, you can use Wi-Fi or LAN cable. In other cases, the transfer via PlayStation Plus cloud storage or an external hard drive is provided.
It’s important to remember that you will need to update the console firmware to the latest version before synchronizing data.
What games will definitely NOT work on the PlayStation 5
It’s also worth noting the projects that will be marked “Playable on PS4 only” and will remain available only on last-generation consoles. These include Hitman Go: Definitive Edition and Afro Samurai 2 Revenge of Kuma Volume One.
Note that in the Sony blog this list was accompanied by the information that it’s subject to change and doesn’t include demos, multimedia, and non-game applications.
So fans of the above projects will be able to enjoy, if not a walkthrough, then at least the sight of additional materials that accompanied the game. And who knows – maybe one day they will get to the consoles of the new generation.