PS5 backwards compatibility list & guide: Which PS4 games will not work?


PS5 backwards compatibility was a nebulous topic in the run-up to the console’s launch on November 12th, but a recently released PlayStation support site provides new details on how PS4 games will make the leap to the next generation system. Below are all the important details you need to know to help you prepare for the launch.

PS5 backwards compatibility list – Which games don’t work?

According to the source, most of PS4’s 4,000 game library will run well, if not better, on next-generation hardware. However, there is a small list of titles that are classified as pure PS4 games. As of October 9th, this list looks like this. To repeat it again: These are only games that do not work on PS5.

Afro Samurai 2 The Revenge of Kuma Volume One
TT Isle of Man – Ride on the edge 2
Just take care of it!
Shadow complex remastered
Robinson: The journey
We sing
Hitman Go: Final Edition
Joe’s Diner

This list may grow over time as actual consumers put the PS5 through its paces this vacation season, but that’s all we know at the moment. If a game happens not to be supported on PS5, it will be marked in PlayStation Store as “playable on PS4 only”.

How to play PS4 games on PS5

When it comes to playing backwards compatible PS4 games on PS5, the procedure sounds pretty simple. As long as you have the console version with a floppy disk drive, to play a disk-based PS4 game, all you need to do is insert the disk and navigate to the start screen to select it. Leave the disc inserted as you would otherwise, and you’re ready to play.

Backward compatible digital games work on both the disc and the digital version of the PS5. Similar to PS4, simply navigate to your game library, select the game and press the “Download” button.

So what’s the catch?

It all sounds very simple and probably will be, but there are some caveats as we approach the PS5 release date.

Sony has said that some PS4 games may have broken features, bugs or “unexpected behavior” when played on the PS5. So while this current backwards compatibility solution sounds seamless, there are certain circumstances under which it could become unclean.
Selected PS5 games may play better if a feature called Game Boost is used. Although this is not fully explained, we can imagine that this will help you get the most out of PS4 titles with unlimited frame rates. You may need to do some additional research to find out which games are encoded in this way, as the situation is very different.
PSVR games will work, but you will need an additional adapter to connect your PS camera. Sony plans to provide this adapter to customers free of charge.
PS4 games on PS Now will also work on PS5. You can also stream PS4 games with remote play to PS5.

Many of the finer details will probably have to be worked out once the PS5 is actually there, but at least for now it sounds like PS5 backwards compatibility will be quite possible. We will update this guide with additional information as we learn more.

PS5 will be released on November 12.

What do you think about this backwards compatibility list? Do you expect your favorite game to work better on PS5? Tell us in the comments section!


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