The PS5 supports backwards compatibility with the PS4, and Sony says the vast majority of PS4 games will be playable on the new system. However, there are a select few games that will not be compatible, and we now know exactly what they are.
A support page on the official PlayStation website lists 10 games that will not be playable on PS5. The list includes some VR content, and it doesn’t feature any enormous titles. The games you’ll likely want to keep playing when you get your PS5 will still work. Joe’s Diner fans are in for a rude awakening, though. We hate to be the ones to break this news, but you will have to keep your PS4 available in order to keep playing it. Some of these could be updated, however. These include DWVR, which could be even before the PS5’s launch date.
PS5-Incompatible PS4 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
All you need to do to play the game on the PS5 is put it into the disc drive and potentially download an update. If it’s a digital game, Sony says you’ll be able to use WiFi data transfer, but it didn’t specify how this will work. Should there be a PS5 upgrade available, Sony also detailed that process. Even some PS4 games will see better performance via Game Boost without a PS5 upgrade.
Your PS Plus saves stored in the cloud will transfer from PS4 to PS5. This means that if you have a game you’ve only half-finished on PS4 and want to continue playing on PS5, you can install it on the new console, download your save data, and pick up right where you left off. This will be extremely useful for any games including via the PlayStation Plus collection that you may have played in the past, as the digital versions will be available right away on PS5. You must have a PS Plus subscription in order to use cloud saves. This differs from Xbox, which lets anyone with a free Xbox Live account make use of cloud saves.
You’ll also be able to keep using a DualShock 4 controller to play the PS4 games, though it won’t work on PS5 games. PlayStation Move and PlayStation VR Aim controllers will be supported, as well. You’ll want to keep your PS4’s camera available, as well, as you’ll need it to play these games. It appears the PS5’s own camera will serve other purposes, possibly for enhancing the streaming experience.
Microsoft is also supporting the vast majority of Xbox One games on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, with the exception of Kinect-only games. The same backward compatible original Xbox and Xbox 360 games playable on Xbox One will be playable on the new hardware, as well. It doesn’t appear more will be added.
PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition both release on November 12. Check out our PS5 preorder guide for the latest information, including where to find games and accessories.