Sony details PS5 backwards compatibility: Everything you need to know

Sony details PS5 backwards compatibility: Everything you need to know

Right now, we are just a few weeks away from the Playstation 5 release date. A lot of people were curious about the backward compatibility on the PS5 and now, Sony has detailed all aspects of backwards compatibility on the PS5.

So, here is all that you need to know about playing PS4 games on the PS5. Sony has confirmed that almost 99% of the more than 4,000 games that came out for the PS4 will be playable on the PS5.

'Game boost' will help enhance game performance on the PS5

The PS5 is all about providing gamers with a better gaming experience than the PS4. In that light, the PS5 will come with a feature known as game boost, which will automatically detect when you launch a PS4 game and will provide you with improved framerates, and in the case of some games, even new technology like ray tracing.

Sony has confirmed that not only will the PS5 play PS4 exclusives, but also games from third party developers. All in all, you can bring in your whole catalogue from the PS4 generation.

PS5 digital edition and standard edition compatibility

On the PS5 digital edition, you will naturally be unable to insert any kind of disc, but you will be able to port digital versions of your game from PS4 to PS5, using your PSN account.

As for buying games on the PS5 digitally, games that are PS4 and unplayable on PS5 will be marked with the tag 'PS4 Only'. PS4 discs will work with the PS5 Standard Edition.

Sony has also confirmed that many developers will allow for free upgrades from PS4 to PS5 versions of the game, which in some cases could be something minor, or in others, introduce new levels and more.

Controller compatibility

Along with all this information, Sony has also highlighted that games built for the PS4 will work best with the Dualshock controller. While the PS5 will feature the all new Dualsense controller, the PS4 games won't be able to take advantage of all of its offerings. However, PS4 games will still run using the new controller.

Additionally, the PS4 controller will only run on supported PS4 games, which means that you won't be able to use the Dualshock controller in place of a Dualsense controller.

PS4 games that won't run on PS5

As of now, Sony has announced that these 10 games won't work on the PS5:

  • 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

The Sony PS5 will launch in several areas of the world on November 12 and will be globally available starting November 19, 2020.

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