You cannot use the new PlayStation 5 camera to play existing PlayStation 4 PSVR games

Sony have updated the PlayStation 5 FAQ and revealed that if you have bought one of those snazzy new HD cameras for the PlayStation 5 you won’t be able to use for your PlayStation 4 VR games.

The HD Camera is not compatible with PS4 games – please connect a PlayStation Camera via a PlayStation®Camera adaptor.

The old PS4 camera runs at 720p, the new one is 1080p and and includes new feature such as background removal. PlayStation VR owners are going to have to either have both connected at once or swap the cameras out, using the old PS4 camera to play any existing PSVR games, and then back to the PS5 camera if they want to broadcast or play any future PSVR games that, presumably, will work with the new camera and take advantage of the higher definition.

The FAQ also reveals the Share menu won’t work if you are playing a PlayStation 4 game but you can map some buttons to take videos and screens.

The SHARE menu cannot be displayed during PS4 gameplay on PS5 consoles. You can take screenshots and images by pressing the create button on your DualSense wireless controller to show the create menu. Additionally, you can use the button shortcuts to start/stop video recording or to save screenshots as follows:

  • Single press the create (DualSense) or SHARE button (DUALSHOCK4) to show the create menu
  • Press and hold the create (DualSense) or SHARE button (DUALSHOCK4)  to take a screenshot
  • Double press the create (DualSense) or SHARE button (DUALSHOCK4) to start and stop video recording manually. 

Sony also state Tournaments, In-Game Live, and the PS4 Second Screen app will not work on PlayStation 5 so it seems they have been consigned to history.

Sony have posted a teardown video of the PlayStation 5 console showing how you can install a second drive to increase storage space, you can find more details on that here. They have also listed a few PlayStation 4 games that will not run on PlayStation 5.

Source: Sony

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  1. I’m surprised that the camera won’t work with the PSVR even if it is a different resolution.

    The first certified SSD for the PS5 has been announced a Western Digital SN850 which is available in three capacities 500GB, 1TB and 2TB but they’re not cheap at £130, £207 and £466 respectively.

    • How much of the controller tracking is taken care of by the PS4 and how much is down to the individual game? I’m guessing a mix of both, given the differences in tracking across games.

      And if the PS5 camera is full HD, and the PS4 camera is only 1280×800, that’s something that needs taking care of. If the PS4 is handling any of it, that’s probably easy enough for the PS5 to translate. But if the game itself is doing some of the work? It’d need an update to work on the PS5 camera.

      Also, if the PS5 camera is aimed at broadcasting yourself while playing (with the background removal tools), there’s a good chance the lenses aren’t quite as wide angled as the PS4 camera (which can capture most of your room, including all those shiny things you didn’t notice that somehow interfere with the tracking). Possibly not going to work too well for VR games in that case if it loses your controllers because they go out of the side of the area it’s seeing. Or you have to sit twice as far back to keep in shot.

      I’m not really surprised. I’d be more surprised if the PS4 camera doesn’t work on the PS5 for all the things the PS5 camera is supposed to do. Can’t see any reason it shouldn’t, other than “we want to sell some more cameras”.

      • Very true. I was only thinking of the resolution of the PS5 camera and how cameras in general can down scale the image. I should have thought more about it before posting.

  2. Have Sony said yet how you get this free adapter?

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