How to transfer PS4 games to PS5

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To transfer PS4 games to PS5 is fairly easy, something you can do either online or by moving the games from console to console in external hard drives - or just redownloading from your Sony account as per normal. If you just got a PlayStation 5 it's pretty normal to only have one or two games to start with, so bulking up your options with some dependable classics from prior generations is no bad idea. So if you're wondering about how to transfer PS4 games to PS5, we'll lay it all out here.

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How to transfer PS4 games to PS5 via external hard drive

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The quickest and easiest option is to transfer your PS4 games to PS5 via the external hard drive you're already no doubt using for PS4. For any titles that are installed to a PS4 external hard drive, all you need to do is unplug the drive from your PS4 and plug it into your PS5. No conversion or reformatting needed, you're straight into enjoying PS5 backwards compatibility.

If you can, try and move as many as you can from your PS4 to an external hard drive before you power it down for good, and you'll save yourself some hassle. 

How to transfer PS4 games to PS5 via Wi-Fi transfer

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For games that are installed to your internal hard drive, you can use a special WiFi transfer process instead. For this, you'll need to head to:

Settings > System >  System Software > Data Transfer

Then, it's just a case of following the on-screen instructions. You'll need both your PS5 and PS4 turned on and connected to the internet over Wi-Fi, or you can connect the two via a LAN connection.

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Once they're connected, you can simply select all the games currently stored internally on your PS4 to transfer to PS5 or tick those that you want to make the leap. Then it's just a case of waiting while the transfer happens. Simple!

N.B it's worth noting that PT on PS5 transfers are not possible using this method.

How to transfer PS4 games to PS5 via download

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Handily, if you don't want to use an external hard drive or only want a few of your PS4 games on your shiny new PS5, there is the option of just re-downloading everything. All of your PS4 games will be listed in your media library. You can even filter the list to highlight all your PS4 titles and just hit download on any that you want. 

How to transfer PS4 games to PS5 via disc

If you have a PS4 game on disc, you just put the disc in your PS5 and go. Your install and update data won't transfer over in this case, however, so you might want to back up and redownload your save date if you're planning to pick up where you left off from one console to the next.

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