The PlayStation 5 has a lot of unanswered questions surrounding it, and today most circling around backwards compatibility have been answered. Thanks to a PlayStation.com support page, we now have a fairly complete picture about how PS4 backwards-compatibility is going to work.
What PS4 Games Won't Be Playable On PlayStation 5?
The list of PS4 Only games is fairly short, and is as follows:
- 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
- Joe's Diner
Out of all of those games, I recognize two of them: Shadow Complex Remastered and Hitman Go: Definitive Edition. While all the PS4 games should make it to the PS5, if it's only these games that won't make it to the PS5 it doesn't seem like the most terrible thing in the world.
However, for the thousands of PS4 games that will make the metaphorical jump to the PS5, there's some additional information that has been added. For instance, select PS4 games will benefit from the PS5 console's Game Boost, which will make some PS4 games run at a higher framerate. Some functionalities from PS4 games might not work on the PS5, and some games may "exhibit errors or unexpected behavior on PS5 consoles." Players should always update their PS5 console to the latest system software, as presumably updates will increase compatibility over time.
For those who would like to transfer PS4 digital games to their PS5, they can do so via both a WiFi data transfer or from a PS5 extended storage drive. For those who want to install a PS4 digital game on their PS5, they will have to go to their game library, select the game, and then download it. To play a PS4 disc on the PS5 with a disc drive just insert the PS4 game disc and play it. Do note that this won't work on the PS5 digital edition, as it doesn't have a disc drive.
The PS5 releases on November 12, 2020 for Canada, the US, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Japan, and South Korea, while it releases November 19 worldwide everywhere else, aside from select nations like India, where it doesn't currently have a release date.
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