Can you play PS5 games on PS4?

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Can you play PS5 games on PS4? Backwards compatibility and cross-gen play mean that the question's a little blurry, but the answer's usually... no. That being said, there are some exceptions and special conditions attached to that, certain games on PS5 that can be played on PS4. So if you're wondering 'Can I play PS5 games on PS4?', we'll go through all the answers to that below. Nothing can be simple, can it?

Can you play PS5 games on PS4? Mostly not

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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. 

However, 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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