Specificity in anything regarding the PlayStation 5 has been in short supply. It appears things are changing though.
Sony has been keeping all things PS5 close to the vest for most of the year. Even after they officially announced their next-generation console. Now, just a month ahead of release, the company is suddenly being very specific about several topics, including which PS4 games are playable on the PS5.
On the Playstation 5 support page, Sony added quite a few details about Backward Compatibility. The first piece of good news is the company touts more than 4,000 PS4 games are BC.
Compare that to the number of PS3 games playable on the PS4 outside of PlayStation Now. Zero.
FFXIV will of course be playable on PS5 through backwards compatibility. This means the PS4 version will have faster load times when playing it on PS5. pic.twitter.com/Zw3Gr6wBq6
— Miraculous Maku (@RedMakuzawa) October 9, 2020
There are some caveats to backward compatibility in those 4,000+ games. “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.”
The site added that before you buy any DLC or addons for PlayStation 4 games on the PS5, make sure you like the base game’s performance. Sony also wants to make sure you update the PlayStation 5’s operating system to its latest version.
It should surprise no one that even with 4,000+ titles that will be playable (in some form) on the next-generation console, there are some, left behind. Sony even helpfully offered the full list.
PS4 only games:
- 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
PlayStation 5 Upgrades
In addition to this handful of games Sony won’t allow you to play on the upcoming console, the company’s support pages also furnished detailed instructions on how to upgrade from the PS4 to the PS5.
It needs to be pointed out that games that play on the next console aren’t automatically being “upgraded” You’ll have to go through the process to see if you’re basically getting a new copy of your old title.