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PS5 backwards compatibility: Here's how it works

PS5 backwards compatibility - God of War
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Unlike the last-generation, PS5 backwards compatibility is a lot easier to understand. Aside from a handful of games - which we'll get onto below - you can play any PS4 games on PS5 whether they're digital or disc-based. Not every game will be updated to offer extra features via PS5 backwards compatibility, but be safe in the knowledge that they're all there just waiting to be played if you so wished. 

We've updated the list of PS4 games not backwards compatible underneath, adding an asterisk to titles that are working on getting a title update.

  • 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: Definite Edition
  • Shadwen
  • Joe's Diner 

In all, PS5 backwards compatibility extends to well over 4,000 titles. There was some head-scratching when Sony revealed the list of games that wouldn’t be playable on the PS5 originally, as it was buried in a support page, but now that list is a little less mysterious. 

Thankfully, PS5 backwards compatibility is very easy to take advantage of on Sony's latest console. It's as easy as inserting the PS4 disc, redownloading it on your new console, or transferring your game from your old PS4. 

Here's a full guide on how to play PS4 games on PS5 that walks you through each option. 

Of course, should you not fancy playing PS4 games, there's a lot of  upcoming PS5 games to get your teeth sunk into. 

Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.