PlayStation 5 backward compatibility FAQ reveals 10 PS4 games that will not work

Sony have posted a support article detailing backward compatibility on the PlayStation 5 and the handful of PlayStation 4 games that will not work on the next-gen console. Of the over 4,000 games released for PlayStation 4, there are just 10 that do not work.

As Sony state, the “overwhelming majority” of PS4 games will still work and many of them will benefit from the added power of the new console. The PS5’s Game Boost feature will make select PS4 games run at higher or smoother frame rates, and seems to be applied across the board.

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However, that comes with some caveats and advisories:

  • Some functionalities that were available on the PS4 console may not be available on PS5 consoles. In addition, some PS4 games may exhibit errors or unexpected behavior when played on PS5 consoles.
  • Before purchasing add-ons to play with your PS4 games on PS5 consoles, please try to boot and play your PS4 games on your PS5 console to see if you are happy with the play experience.
  • Please note, playing PS VR games on a PS5 console requires a PlayStation VR headset, a PS camera (sold separately from PS5 console) and a PS camera adaptor (no purchase required).
  • Always update your PS5 console to the latest version of the system software.

There are ten titles that Sony have noted will not work on PlayStation 5, for whatever reason. These games will be labelled in the PlayStation Store as only being compatible with PS4, and are as follows:

  • 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

So basically, almost everything will work, but there’s 10 games that definitely won’t and there’s bound to be some titles that have some funky behaviours. Some of this will surely be down to dependencies on PlayStation 4 system software and specific oddities with the game code that will now likely go unaddressed.

Additionally, the Share button functionality will be replaced by the Create button feature, while PS4 tournaments, In-Game Live and the PS4’s Second Screen and game companion apps will not work.

If you’ve got a library of games installed on your PS4, you’ll be able to transfer and play them on your PS5 using the WiFi transfer function. The FAQ states that “You can access PS4 games on a PS5 console directly from a PS5 extended storage drive,” however we’re not certain if this means that a hard drive formatted for use on PS4 cannot be then used for PS5.

Update: In a follow up post on the PlayStation Blog, Sony say “If you’ve already stored PS4 games and game data in the external USB storage device connected to your PS4, you can bring them over to PS5 with that external USB storage device.”

Between the two statements, it seems as though the PS5 will be able to read data from a PS4 formatted external HDD, but will not be able to play games from one. That would seemingly require a HDD that has been formatted by the PS5.

Source: PlayStation

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4 Comments

  1. Hmmm so you can play a thousand more backwards compatible games on PS5 than Xbox Series S|X?

    607 360 or OG Xbox games currently in back compat on X1
    2500 X1 games according to Wikipedia

    Interesting and that evens things up in the back compat appeal

    • If we’re going by Wikipedia, there are 2083 XBox 360 games, and 1001 OG Xbox games.

      So just 19% work on the XBone. Add 2585 XBone games, and that makes it up to 56%. And probably less because we don’t have a list of what doesn’t work on the XSX.

      It also says 2942 PS4 games, but I think that’s only counting half of them. So we’ll go with the 4000 from Sony. Or 99.75% backwards compatibility.

      It’s not even close to even then.

  2. Not sure that update means what you think it does. Assuming “PS5 extended storage drive” means an external drive (and not the extra SSD you can put in if you’ve got lots of money), why assume the format is different?

    If it can take the drive you’ve been using on a PS4 and read it, why wouldn’t it play the games from there? If they’re making it easy to transfer games over WiFi, LAN and even USB, why wouldn’t they let you play the games from that same PS4 external drive?

    Nothing they’ve said suggests otherwise. But there’s always the possibility of “Sony reasons”. You can only plug in 1 external drive on a PS4, and it can’t be through a USB hub, so they’re not afraid of doing weird things because reasons.

    • Also, they just confirmed there that PS Now works on the PS5, for streaming and downloading PS4 games. Which is good to know.

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