PS5 Backward Compatible with 99% of PS4 Games

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With over 4000 PlayStation 4 titles, 99% is a substantial number of games that will be PS5 backward compatible. Sony has announced that select PlayStation 4 titles will take advantage of PlayStation 5‘s “Game Boost” that allows certain backward-compatible games with unlocked specs to run with a higher or smoother frame rate than their PS4 counterparts. It’s important to point out, like the Xbox Series X|S, not all backward compatible games will get a boost in performance, although load times on both systems should be greatly improved.

PS5 Backwards Compatible

According to Sony’s backward compatibility support page, they also go on to say that mileage may vary as some functionalities that were available on the PS4 will not work on the PS5 and that they may experience “errors or unexpected behavior when played on PS5 consoles. Sony also warns that players should load and play their PlayStation 4 titles on the PlayStation 5 before purchasing any add-ons to ensure they are happy with the play experience. Of the 4000+ titles that PlayStation 4 has to offer, so far only ten titles have been listed as being “PS4 Only” games.

  • 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

Some PS4 hardware will also be PS5 backward compatible including PlayStation VR, DUALSHOCK™4 wireless controllers, PS Move Motion Controllers, and PlayStation VR Aim Controllers. Also officially licensed peripherals will also work on the PlayStation 5 with PlayStation 4 games. If you’ve got a favorite headset already, you’ll be please to learn that Platinum and Gold Wireless headsets, as well as third-party headsets that connect via USB port or audio jack will be PS5 backward compatible as well.

Keep your eye on Sony’s Backwards Compatibility Support Page, as its subject to change and may include additional games or hardware.

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Kevin May (TheCleverPotato)

I’m pretty impressed with this. Of course over the years, and especially after Sony and Microsoft transitioned to DVD media, it would not be such a big issue to have the backwards compatibility.  


I think in a way I am more impressed at the sheer number of games there are… 4000? I wouldn’t even know where to begin.

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