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Can you play PS5 games on PS4?

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Can you play PS5 games on PS4? The recent emphasis on cross-generation and backwards compatibility means that it's a fair question to ask whether games can work across generations the other way too. The whole thing is liable to get more than a little confusing, because when it comes to the question 'Can I play PS5 games on PS4?', there are actually a few answers. we'll take you through them below, simply and easily.

Can you play PS5 games on PS4? Technically no

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Okay, so the short answer on this topic is, technically no, you can't play PS5 games on your PS4. Upcoming PS5 games that have been confirmed as PS5 exclusives - including the likes of God War: Ragnarok - will not be playable on PS4 whatsoever. These are titles that have been specifically built to take full advantage of the new PS5 features, including that super speedy SSD, fresh controller upgrade, and tasty graphical enhancements. 

Some PS5 exclusives are also launching on PS4

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But, there's a caveat to that. Some of the PS5 launch games - plus Horizon Forbidden West - have been confirmed for a simultaneous PS4 release. So, that means if you want to play the likes of Sackboy: A Big Adventure or Spider-Man: Miles Morales, you're in luck. There will be a PS4 version of these big PS5 games available. 

Lots of games are launching across the generation gap

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Another element of the whole PS5 games on PS4 conversation is that a lot of games are launching across PS4 and PS5 - including plenty getting free PS5 upgrades such as Fortnite, Marvel's Avengers, and even Cyberpunk 2077. So if you want to be cheeky, you can say you're playing a PS5 compatible game on your PS4 until you're ready to make the upgrade. 

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Sam Loveridge
Sam Loveridge

Sam Loveridge is the Global Editor-in-Chief of GamesRadar, and joined the team in August 2017. Sam came to GamesRadar after working at TrustedReviews, Digital Spy, and Fandom, following the completion of an MA in Journalism. In her time, she's also had appearances on The Guardian, BBC, and more. Her experience has seen her cover console and PC games, along with gaming hardware, for over seven years, and for GamesRadar, she is in charge of reviews, best lists, and the overall running of the site and its staff. Her gaming passions lie with weird simulation games, big open-world RPGs, and beautifully crafted indies. Basically, she loves all games that aren't sports or fighting titles!