About a month after Sony Playstation CEO Jim Ryan stated that “99 percent” of the Playstation 4 library will be backward compatible on the Playstation 5, Sony has updated their support site with the specifics for how their new console will handle backwards compatibility. Based on this listing, Jim Ryan’s statement was not an exaggeration, and there are only ten PS4 games that will not run on the PS5. These games 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
For running compatible games, the physical versions of PS4 games can be inserted into the PS5’s disc drive, assuming that you are not using the Digital Edition of the console. Digital games can either be downloaded directly from the Playstation Store or transferred along with associated save data from a PS4 to a PS5 via WiFi data transfer. For Sony, this is a notable improvement over the previous console generation, as the Playstation 4 did not support Playstation 3 backward compatibility.
It seems that in some cases, these titles will take advantage of the new console’s improved hardware. Some PS4 games will benefit from Game Boost, which could result in faster and smoother frame rates. And some PS4 titles will be eligible to be upgraded to the digital PS5 version. This policy will differ from game to game, with some upgrades coming free, some with an additional cost, and some only available for a limited time.
In terms of peripherals, the PS5 will support the DUALSHOCK 4 (the PS4 controller), but only for PS4 games. It will also support existing Playstation licensed third-party gamepads, and specialty peripherals like arcade sticks, flight sticks, and racing wheels for PS5 and supported PS4 titles. Headsets that connect via USB or audio jack are supported, but the new system lacks an Optical Audio port, making a converter necessary in some instances. And lastly, the PSVR and its controllers are also supported on the new system.
Microsoft previously revealed their backwards compatibility plans, stating that their new consoles, the Xbox One Series X and Xbox One Series S, will have backward compatibility for games spanning every Microsoft console.