Is the PS5 Backwards Compatible with the PS4?

Will the PS5 be backwards compatible with the PS4? One of the biggest questions regarding the PlayStation 5 is whether you’ll be able to play PlayStation 4 games on it. In this article, we’re going to explain how PS4 games will work on the PS5. We’ll also consider whether the PlayStation 5 will be backwards compatible with previous Sony consoles, such as the PS3, PS2, and PSone.

Will the PS5 Be Backwards Compatible with the PS4?

Sony has confirmed that PS4 games will work on the PS5, meaning that the PlayStation 5 is backwards compatible with the PS4. This means that you’ll be able to download games that you’ve purchased from the PlayStation Store on PS4 and play them on the PS5. You’ll also be able to insert physical PS4 discs into the PS5 and play them on the next-gen console.

Will Physical PS4 Games Work on the PS5?

You'll be able to insert physical PS4 game discs into the PS5 and play them, as well as download digital software you've purchased from the PlayStation Store.

Will PS4 Games Purchased from the PS Store Work on PS5?

The PS5 is backwards compatible with PS4 software, so this means both physical and digital software will work on the next-gen system. Assuming you’re using the same PSN account on PS5, you will have access to all of your PS4 purchases. This includes PlayStation Plus titles – but you will have to ensure your subscription is active in order to play these.

Will PS4 Games Play Better on the PS5?

While it’s possible that the additional horsepower of the PS5 will allow PS4 games to look and run better on the next-gen console, this shouldn’t be assumed. On the PS4 Pro, games needed to be patched to take full advantage of the hardware. Sony did later add in Boost Mode, which made marginal improvements to unpatched software at the expense of minor compatibility issues. Expect similar functionality on the PlayStation 5.

Will PSVR Games Work on PS5?

Sony has said that PlayStation VR will be fully backwards compatible with the PS5, meaning that you’ll be able to plug your current headset into the next-gen console and experience virtual reality. As the PlayStation 5 is also backwards compatible with PS4 software, this means that you’ll be able to play PSVR games on the PS5 – regardless of whether you own them digitally or physically.

Will the PS5 Play PS3, PS2, or PSone Games?

So far, Sony has only confirmed PS5 backwards compatibility with PS4 games. While there have been rumours hinting at support for PS3, PS2, and PSone titles too, the platform holder has yet to comment on this speculation. It’s worth noting that PS2 Classics purchased for the PS4 from the PlayStation Store should work on the PS5, as these are using an emulator that should be compatible with the next-gen console. The same is true of remasters, like PaRappa the Rapper.


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