Most of the PS4 library will in fact work on the new PlayStation 5. Yes really, most of the games on the current Sony console will work when the new one launches. With regards to the PlayStation 5’s backwards compatibility, Sony has announced that the “overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles” will be playable on the next-generation console (via PlayStation Blog).
The console has been thoroughly tested for compatibility with many major titles. “Once backwards compatibility is in the console, it’s in,” Lead architect Mark Cerny said. “It’s not as if a cost-down will remove backwards compatibility like it did on PlayStation 3.” Then, he added that “almost all of the top 100 PlayStation 4 games ranked by playtime will be playable at launch” on the PS5. Cerny also shared that that team behind the console has been testing many more titles as well on a title-by-title basis.
And with the increased power of the new console, there’s plenty of fun to be had. These games will “run at a boosted frequency on PS5 so that they can benefit from higher or more stable frame rates and potentially higher resolutions,” and games from the PS4 are being tested to “spot any issues that need adjustment from the original software developers.”
There are some issues though, as the team has identified some games that had too many issues to work out of the box, so to speak. Sony has identified some games that won’t work on the new console. It’s important to stress that these aren’t all the games that could have issues. Sony says you should try and play any older games you have first before buying DLC to check for games that “exhibit errors or unexpected behavior”.
Other features have also been noted as disabled on PS5. The Share menu also cannot be displayed while playing a PS4 game on the PlayStation 5. The PlayStation 5 also won’t support specific PlayStation 4 features, including PS4 Tournaments, In-Game Live and the PS4 Second Screen app.
The ten PlayStation 4 games that won’t work on the PS5 are 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
The PlayStation 5 will launch on November 12 in the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea and November 19 for all other regions.