Sony Describes Limitations Of PlayStation 5 Backwards Compatibility

A post on Sony’s official PlayStation blog today laid out more information regarding the question of backwards compatibility for PS4 titles on the upcoming PlayStation 5.

Of the 4,000 titles currently available on PS4, there are ten (at the moment) which will not be playable on PS5.  The list runs as follows:

  • 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

Players who get a PS5 and log in to PSN will see their existing library of PS4 titles, and they will be able to download and play any title which is not specifically designated as “PS4 Only.” Additionally, for people who get the disc drive version of the PS5, their PS4 discs will play on the PS5

Regarding PSVR, that scenario is not entirely straightforward.  The games themselves, as a whole, are backwards compatible. However, the PSVR headset is not compatible with the PS5 HD Camera. In order to play PSVR games, players will need to use the PS Camera and an adaptor, along with DualShock 4 or PlayStation Move controllers.

Players will be able to stream PS4 games to the PS5 using Remote Play, allowing them to save space on the PS5, but missing out on the PS5’s Game Boost feature. As far as transferring save game files and digital copies of games players have present on their PS4s, players may be able to transfer those files through an Ethernet cable, across Wi-Fi, or through an external USB drive. However, Sony pointed out that the decision to allow PS4 files to work on PS5 versions of a game is made at the developer level, so while it should be technically possible as a whole, there may be individual instances where it is not possible.

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