How PS5 backwards compatibility with PS4 games works
Is the PS5 backwards compatible with the PS4? Can you play PS4 games on the PlayStation 5? One of the biggest questions regarding the PS5 is whether you’ll be able to play PS4 games on it. As part of our PS5 guide, we’re going to explain how PS4 games will work on the PS5 and whether they'll...
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PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility has been a big point of discussion in the build-up to the next-gen system’s launch – in fact, at times, it’s been the only point of conversation. Ever since Mark Cerny’s misjudged hardware deep dive in March – feels like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it? –...
French publisher admits there may be inaccuracies
There’s been a rollercoaster unfolding on social media and enthusiast forums today, after Ubisoft included a throwaway comment in a blog post suggesting that several of its Assassin’s Creed and PlayStation VR titles would not be playable on the PlayStation 5 via backwards compatibility. “Most...
Favor Performance mode
Phwoar, this is the sort of stuff we love to see from Sony's first-party developers. If you're planning on replaying God of War or even experiencing it for the first time (you're a lucky one) on PlayStation 5, then you'll be treated with support of up to 60 frames-per-second. Santa Monica Studio confirmed the news in a tweet,...
Update: Worry not, social gamers, as Sony XDev Europe has confirmed on Twitter that PlayLink games will function fine on the PlayStation 5, despite the platform holder's comments on "companion apps" below. All's well that ends well, then: Original Story: Sony’s social gaming PlayLink push from earlier in the generation may have...
Flashback or flashforward
Now that Sony has confirmed virtually every single PlayStation 4 title will be playable on PlayStation 5 except for a list shorter than 10, we can start to work out how often we'll take advantage of the feature. Select current-gen games, such as Ghost of Tsushima, will run even better on the next-gen console with
Will be "100% functional"
Instead of getting longer, it actually looks like the list of PlayStation 4 titles that won't be backwards compatible with PlayStation 5 will shorten as we near launch. Alongside DWVR, Nacon has confirmed to Push Square that
Load screen mishap
Last week, Sony published the list of PlayStation 4 games that won't work on its next-gen console via backwards compatibility. It's an impressively short one, cementing the Japanese giant's statement that more than 99% of PS4 titles can be played on a PlayStation 5. Although, what is stopping those particular experiences from...
Slimming the list
Here’s a cool story: the developer of DWVR – a PlayStation VR first-person shooter – is working on a patch to fix the release’s incompatibility with the PlayStation 5. You may recall the game was included on the list of PlayStation 4 games not currently playable on Sony’s next-gen system, but
We’ve known that PlayStation 5 will improve select PlayStation 4 titles when played through backwards compatibility, but as part of an FAQ published on the matter, Sony has reiterated that its next-gen console’s Game Boost feature “may make PS4 games run with a higher or smoother framerate”. Titles wit
Backwards compatibility blocked
Sony’s published a list of PlayStation 4 games that won’t currently play on the PlayStation 5 through backwards compatibility. The good news is that selection is extremely small at this stage, and the manufacturer has reiterated that the “overwhelming majority” of its current-gen console’s library will be...
We’ve known all along that the PlayStation 5 won’t play PS3, PS2, and PS1 games – but apparently some needed it spelling out for them. So here we go: the PS5 won’t play PS3, PS2, and PS1 games. Confirmation comes courtesy of an in
According to Ubisoft, anyway
In an unpredictable year, this is potentially the most expected article we’ll write in 2020, but the web is losing its collective mind all the same: the PlayStation 5 won’t play PS3, PS2, or PS1 games. The story comes courtesy of a Ubisoft FAQ page, and the information has since been removed. It’s unclear whether...
Despite what you may have heard, backwards compatibility isn't as simple as flicking a switch and having all of your old games work on your new console. Extensive testing needs to be carried out in order to ensure that current-gen software runs correctly on next-gen hardware, and Sony is still in the process of setting up "over 4000"...
Rumours suggest that Sony’s set to fully reveal the PlayStation 5 next week, but it’s going to need to ensure it gets its messaging right this time. Mark Cerny’s pre-recorded speech led to mass confusion earlier in the year, when he appeared to imply that only 100 PlayStation 4 titles would work on its next-gen console. The platform...
An update from Sony
Following all of the confusion surrounding Sony's plans for PS4 backwards compatibility on PS5, the company has added an update to its original PlayStation Blog post. Sony now says that "the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles wi
These stories could stick
PlayStation 5 will only play 2.5 per cent of the PlayStation 4’s library – or at least that’s the damning statement that Yahoo, via Business Insider, has published today. Sony’s l
Sony's not making sense
One thing fans wanted Sony to address during today’s PlayStation 5 deep dive is whether it’ll be fully backwards compatible with the PlayStation 4 – or any previous PlayStation platforms. While the latter always looked unlikely, the Japanese giant had already said that the next-gen console would be compatible with its...
Back to the future
Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will be backwards compatible with PlayStation 4 games, but that's all we know right now. Rumours have been swirling for months that the next-gen console -- set to launch later this year -- will also be able to play old PS3, PS2, and PSone titles as well, but there's very little evidence to...
Will the PlayStation 5 be backwards compatible? Yes. Will it be backwards compatible with all PlayStation games? We don't know (and we have our doubts). This is a topic that's been bouncing back and forth around the web for months -- maybe even years -- and now it's blown up all over again. Perhaps it's to be expected with the PS5's...
Not just load times
According to a Sony patent that's recently been resubmitted, your PS4 games may end up running better than ever on PS5 through backwards compatibility. We already know that load times could be significantly decreased thanks to the next-gen console's processing prowess -- as evidenced by the Marvel's Spider-Man demo -- but it...
When you stop to think about it, this should be pretty obvious, but it's nice to have it confirmed by Sony all the same. Yes, PS5 players will be able to play with PS4 players thanks to backwards compatibility. If you nab a PS5 at launch but your PS4 friends don't, you'll still be able to enjoy your favourite online titles with...
An "extremely powerful" feature
Sony is placing huge stock in the PlayStation 5's ability to play PlayStation 4 titles. Backwards compatibility was one of the next-gen console's first confirmed features, and the Japanese giant thinks that it's absolutely crucial in appealing to its desired audience. As part of a question and answer session with...
Sony notes "seamless" jump
Unlike the transition from PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4, Sony wants existing players to experience a "seamless" jump from this generation to the next. We already know that the PS5 will be backwards compatible with PS4 games, and the Japanese giant hopes that this will make things a lot easier for everyone who buys into...
And just like that, the PS5 is confirmed to be a backwards compatible console, meaning that yes, it'll be able to play your PS4 games. The confirmation comes from an exclusive article over on Wired, where the publication got to listen to system architect (and lead designer of the PS4) Mark Cerny talk about the next-gen console. "Because...
Cerny's back for more
Sony has filed another patent for a backwards compatibility system, in theory allowing the inevitable PS5 to play games from previous console generations. At the beginning of the month, a patent registered under Mark Cerny's name was discovered, supposedly pointing to a method of backwards compatibility that would, again, in...
Why would anybody play this?
Jim Ryan has been appointed the new President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, and PlayStation fans are worried. The divisive executive has been with the Japanese giant since the beginning, playing a key role in the company’s dominance of the European continent. But he’s also said a couple of silly things...
All previous PlayStation consoles covered
Sony has filed a patent for a method of backwards compatibility. Supposedly, the newly devised system -- as authored by Mark Cerny, the guy who designed the PlayStation 4 -- will allow the PS5 to run all previous PlayStation software. And yes, in theory, that covers PSone, PS2, PS3, and PS4 games. Too good...
But there's truth in his comment
Reasons you know E3 2017 is around the corner #5: an executive at a major gaming company just said a silly thing, and now there’s a fast-moving thread on NeoGAF about it. The latest humdinger comes courtesy of Sony Europe chief Jim Ryan on the subject of backwards compatibility, and it’s got people asking that...
Enhanced PSone and PS2 support in the pipeline
PlayStation Now may not be the comprehensive PlayStation 4 backward compatibility solution that you’ve been craving – but the bigwigs beavering away in Sony’s research and development department may have something even better in store. Eurogamer.net reports that the platform holder is busying...
It's a sort of alternative, though
It was always going to be a challenge for Sony to offer backward compatibility on the PlayStation 4. Its previous console’s CELL architecture is more complex than a Leo Tolstoy novel, meaning that replicating it on its new machine was probably never truly on the agenda. There had been some hope, however, that the...
We're starting to wonder whether Sony would have been better off not announcing any backwards compatability plans for PlayStation Vita at all
The fact that it's offering anything — albeit in the form of the clunky UMD Passport initiative — is just bringing out malice and moaning from online forum users. The latest brouhaha pertains to a list of compatible games published by the platform holder..
In addition to the announcement of its UMD Passport program, Sony has also detailed exactly how PlayStation Portable games will work on PS Vita
Similarly to full Vita releases, each PSP game will receive its own LiveArea screen. From here you'll be able to access the game and its digital manual where available. In-game you'll be able to toggle a...
Sony has released details of the first forty titles that will support its UMD Passport backwards compatibility initiative
The program — announced in Japan overnight — will allow those upgrading to PlayStation Vita to purchase digital versions of their UMD titles at a discounted price. Pricing for the discounted games will range from 500 yen (£4 / $6) to 1500 yen (£12 / $19). Sony has said..
The PlayStation Portable is still hot property in Japan
So naturally there's a bit of friction in the region about the PlayStation Vita's lack of UMD backwards compatibility. Sony's aiming to reduce that friction by announcing the PSP-Vita UMD Passport Program for the region. While not foolproof — it's better than nothing. The initiative will...
It's a discussion constantly on the minds of people upgrading to a new system. But it's an odd one really. The ability to play legacy titles is always welcome of course, but who actually upgrades their hardware to play old games? Still, it might not be an important issue to us, but it is to a lot of others. And so Sony's got a plan for PlayStation Vita. Seeing as the system..
Smoothing and dual analog supported
The NGP may not be able to play the soon-to-be-defunct UMDs powering the physical media of the PSP, but it will be able to play all the PSP games currently available for download on the PSN. Also, players will not be locked into the original control scheme of their title of choice, as the games will be able to...
If you were smart -- like us
you would have switched to purchasing all your PSP games via the PlayStation Network a long time ago. It was clear a few years back that Sony was making the switch towards digital downloads for its PSP releases.If you made the jump, then you're well prepared for the NGP. Sony has
For some reason people want to play PlayStation 2 games on their PlayStation 3
Now don't get us wrong, we get the convenience of being able to play all those old games on your PS3; we just don't get why it's such a necessity for some people. At the end of the day, if you need to play PS2 games, they still sell the last Sony console in most shops. Whatever. Gigazine's reporting a potential solution..
Here's some ammunition for your haters
Remember when the PS3 had no games? Yeah, that was your ammunition. Remember when the PS3 was too expensive? Yeah, that was your ammunition. Now those things have been rectified though, it's time to bemoan the lack of backwards compatibility. Seriously guys, you better go out and buy the XBOX 360 instead, because we're sure that system lets you play your PS2..