There are already plenty of PS5 exclusives that are defining the first few years of the PS5's existence. We've had a number of excellent titles like God of War Ragnarok and Horizon Forbidden West already debut on Sony's latest console, with plenty more confirmed for the coming months.
In this list of PS5 exclusives, we've got all the info on everything already released, all the exclusive upcoming PS5 games, and the PlayStation exclusives that have or are releasing on the PS4 and PS5 simultaneously.
Read on below to find all the PS5 exclusives available now or confirmed so far.
Astro's Playroom may seem like a mere tech demo to showcase the new PS5 features, from ray tracing to the adaptive triggers of the DualSense PS5 controller, but that assumption couldn't be farther from reality. This pocket-sized adventure (around 3 hours of length, with potentially more for the platinum) is an endearing tribute to the PlayStation franchise, featuring callbacks to previous consoles and games. But it also manages to provide a platforming experience that is charming as it is polished, and the fact that it comes pre-loaded with the console means that you can, and should, start playing right away while you finish setting everything up.
All stories start somewhere. FromSoftware's legacy began 11 years ago with Demon's Souls, one of the most intriguing and challenging titles of the PS3 era. Now, under Bluepoint’s vision (the studio that brought back Shadow of the Colossus) the beginning of the 'soulsborne' genre gets the remake treatment on PS5. This is the same experience we remember, but it's almost indistinguishable over a decade later. With only a few touches here and there in terms of gameplay, Demon's Souls' biggest change comes from the way it looks and plays on this new console generation - it's a remarkable PS5 launch game that you shouldn’t miss.
Destruction AllStars introduces itself as a new IP of multiplayer competitive racing. Don't picture it as regular races, however - this is akin to the battle arenas of the Twisted Metal series or the collisions that you would see in a Burnout game, packed with a cast of 16 distinct characters. Perhaps its biggest twist comes when your car is destroyed: you will automatically enter a third person view of your racer and move them around the map as if it was a different game. Its player base isn't as active as it was at launch, but if you can find a match in a timely matter it can be a fun way to spend a couple hours with your PS5.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Intergrade
It's an expanded and remastered version of one of 2020's best RPGs, itself a remake of one of the best RPGs of all time, and you absolutely need to play it if you have a PS5. Make no mistake, this is more than just a simple remaster. Intergrade itself adds "classic" battle controls for the game's normal difficulty mode, a photo mode, and improved frame rate and resolution. But the PS5-exclusive Yuffie DLC, formally titled Episode Intermission, is a whole new chapter where you get to play as Yuffie Kisaragi.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Intergrade is available as a free upgrade from the PS4 version, but Episode Intermission is a paid expansion unless you bought Intergrade as a standalone purchase.
Final Fantasy 16
Set in the world of Valisthea, the people there once lived in peace thanks to the crystal mountains found there, known as the Mothercrystals. But, that wasn't meant to last, as there's now a Blight spreading across the world. The story will revolve around humans called Dominants, who are able to control Eikons, which are deadly and incredibly powerful creatures. Gameplay wise, Final Fantasy 16 is an interesting and effective change in combat style, with a more action-orientated focus.
Forspoken tells the tale of a young woman named Frey from New York City, who celebrates her 21st birthday by being transported to the world of Athia. A sentient cuff becomes your companion, a world of fantasy and mystery your playground, and magic your plaything. This game is at its best when you're exploring its world and pinging off magic spells, as the story and writing aren't always the game's strongest elements.
If you fancy taking a stroll through an empty, totally haunted version of the Japanese capital, then Ghostwire: Tokyo is the PS5 exclusive for you. Although it is also available on PC, it's a PS5 console exclusive, and really does look excellent on Sony's latest console. You play as the last human in a Tokyo where all the other living things - bar some adorable dogs, cats, and tanooki - have been whisked away to the spirit world. You'll need to rescue your sister and discover the stories of the spirits that still linger, trapped between worlds, all the while fending off all the horrific creatures that do roam the streets. It's creepy, atmospheric, and a fantastic world to exist in.
Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered
A beautifully remastered version of one of 2018's best superhero games, Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered takes an already great game and makes it better. Thanks to 4K resolution, ray tracing support, and a buttery smooth 60 FPS (in performance mode), swinging around New York City as Spider-Man and beating up goons is more satisfying than ever. The framerate boost is especially appreciated during fast-paced, high-intensity scenes, which let's face it, make up about 90% of the game. Even if you've played the original game on PS4 already, be sure to pick up the remaster (it's free if you own the game on PS4) and give it another go.
Marvel's Spider-Man 2
Announced during the September PlayStation showcase in 2021, Marvel's Spider-Man 2 will see the two Spider-Men - Peter Parker and Miles Morales - team up. There's only been a teaser trailer so far and a loose 2023 release window, but we know we'll be ready to swing through New York again when it drops.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Insomniac Games' Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is as triumphant a return as they come for the titular duo; a visual showcase for the PS5, a well-written story right up there with the best Pixar movies, and simply a blast of a platformer from front to back. If you want something to show off what your PS5 can do, you can't beat Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and it comes with the bonus of being an incredibly polished, well-made platformer/shooter even without considering its technical accomplishments.
As stunningly beautiful as it is blisteringly challenging, Housemarque's 2021 roguelike Returnal will test your patience at the same time as it challenges your expectations about what's possible in the new generation. It makes full use of Sony's new hardware to deliver a visual spectacle, buttery smooth performance, and a new level of immersion thanks to its creative utilization of the DualSense's adaptive triggers and haptic feedback. Returnal is another fantastic choice to wow your friends and family with as you show off your PS5, but don't make them too jealous as you'll likely need their support after you die for the thousandth time.
The Last of Us Part 1
Naughty Dog's masterpiece originally released on the PS3 has now made it way to the PS5 in the form of The Last of Us Part 1. This remake has been rebuilt from the ground up for the PS5, with upgraded visuals, DualSense features, modernized gameplay and mechanics, and accessibility options. It's the same game, but brought into the PS5 generation in so many ways.
The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered
It might feel a smidgen too soon for a remaster of The Last of Us Part 2, which only debuted in 2020, but here we are. This PS5 exclusive version will include graphical enhancements, full DualSense integration and more, plus an all new gameplay mode that's a roguelike survival experience. You can read all about that below:
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
A PS5 exclusive collection of two excellent Uncharted games. This gets you Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, which were both originally released on PS4, but now with delicious improved PS5 visuals and frame rates. They're the closing arcs of the Uncharted narrative so far, and are both excellent adventures that link in together narratively.
Upcoming PS5 exclusives
Coming February 22, 2024
Pacific Drive is a run-based driving survival game where your car is your only companion in the dangerous Olympic Exclusion Zone. Set to arrive on the PS5 sometime in 2023, Ironwood Studios is putting a focus on the symbiotic relationship and bond you form with the station wagon. You'll have to rely on it to navigate changing weather conditions, hazards, and supernatural anomalies that can occur during each run you take. From what we've seen so far - with a wealth of customization options, mysteries to uncover, and more - Pacific Drive is shaping up to be one intriguing upcoming survival experience.
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth
Coming February 29, 2024
The follow-on to Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Intergrade is coming at some point towards the end of this year, delivering the second part of this epic Final Fantasy 7 Remake trilogy (as it now is). There are a lot of questions as to how Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth will pick up the story after the events of the first section, and where exactly it'll leave off before whatever part 3 delivers.
Death Stranding 2: On the Beach
Release date TBC 2025
Death Stranding 2 is officially in the works, but we won't be playing it until 2025. We've now had that launch window confirmed along with the official title of the sequel. Sam is back, along with plenty of familiar companions, and now they're looking for a way to save humanity from extinction.
Silent Hill 2 Remake
Release date TBC
The Silent Hill 2 Remake was officially revealed during a Silent Hill showcase from Konami in October 2022. The announcement that the much hoped for remake of the classic survival horror will be a timed PS5 exclusive, although we've not yet gotten a release date just yet. Some of the veteran developers who worked on the original will be returning to work on the remake, including music from Akira Yamaoka and creature designs from concept artist Masahiro Ito along with Layers of Fear and The Medium developer Bloober Team are behind the remake. From what we've seen so far, the remake looks set to stay close to the original vision of the lauded horror game that was released back in 2001.
Knights of the Old Republic Remake
Release date TBC
The Knights of the Old Republic Remake was first announced during a PlayStation showcase back in 2021 and was confirmed to be a PS5 launch exclusive. The Remake is being helmed by Aspyr and Lucasfilm Games and is set to be a new version of the beloved RPG that first released back in 2003 and was originally developed by BioWare. The initial teaser trailer gave us our first look at a revamped Darth Raven, but we don't have much more to go on for the time being. In fact, the remake's release still seems to be up in the air - it's been quite some time since we've had a big update on the game after a report from Bloomberg claimed the Remake has been delayed indefinitely.
Release date TBC
Like Spider-Man 2, Marvel's Wolervine was revealed during that epic 2021 September PlayStation showcase. We don't currently know that much about it beyond the fact it'll obviously star the titular, bladed X-Man. It's in development at Insomniac Games right now, with no set release window so we'll no doubt here more about this in the future.
Release date TBC
Coming from Korean developer Shift Up, Stellar Blade will allow you to "explore the mysteries of Earth's downfall". It's a third-person action game where you wield katanas as you flip about pulling off various acrobatics. It looked graphically gorgeous when it was announced at the State of Play back in September 2022.
Release date TBC
Bungie's brand new project, Marathon, is another PS5 console exclusive, although it is coming to PC as well. It's a sci-fi PvP extraction shooter - so think Rainbow Six Extraction or Escape from Tarkov we assume - where you play as cybernetic mercenaries called Runners. We've only had a CGI trailer so far, but it's looking glorious.
Release date TBC
Fairgames - or Fairgames$ as it's officially known - is the brand new project from equally brand new studio Haven, which is headed up by Jade Raymond. It's a PvP heist game where you're playing to rob the super-rich. You'll be trespassing across all sorts of locations trying to hack vaults, steal secrets, and more.
Release date TBC 2024
Probably one of the more obscure PS5 exclusives at this stage (although it will also be released on PC), Concord is a new multiplayer FPS from Firewalk Studios. We've only had a small teaser trailer so far, so it's a bit unknown exactly what the game will involve.
Sword of the Sea
Release date TBC
Sword of the Sea is the new game from Giant Squid Studios, and you'll probably guess by the art style that it's from developers who brought us Journey, Abzu, and The Pathless. It's stunning to look at and will see you sand surfing on a quest to find a lost ocean. Ruins become your skateparks as you jump aboard your hoversword as Wraith, who's trying to restore life to this sand-covered world.
Phantom Blade 0
Release date TBC
Phantom Blade 0 is essentially the spirital rebirth of a game called Rainblood. It's not a game that many in the West will have that much familiarity with, but it definitely looks epic. It's calling itself 'kungfupunk' and you play as an elite assassin serving an organization simply known as The Order. You're technically dead, but The Order has found a cure that happens to last for just 66 days.
PS4 and PS5 cross-gen exclusives
There are some titles that are PS5 exclusives, but also happened to simultaneously debut on the PS4 too. We'll list those games below:
Goodbye Volcano High
Goodbye Volcano High is a new narrative game from developer KO_OP that puts you in role of Fang as they try to get through their final year in high school. We finally got another look at the game and its beautiful 2D animations during the February 2023 State of Play, which confirmed it will be arriving on PS5 this June. The trailer also gave us a glimpse of some of the interactions and minigames we'll encounter as we get to know the cast of characters.
As you can probably tell by the screenshot, Ultros is a metroidvania that is somewhat psychedelic in nature, with color palettes and patterns pulled straight from the 70s. Turns out you've crashed your spaceship into a cosmic uterus that's holding a demonic being known as UItros. Suddenly you're trapped in an eternal loop of a black hole and must figure out how to break the cycle by exploring the Sacophagus and meeting its inhabitants.
Essentially Square Enix's take on Splatoon, Foamstars is a 4v4 shooter where you shoot foam instead of ink. It's bright, it's colorful, and pretty darn cute, but interestingly it's got some unique mechanics too. The foam itself can alter the terrain so you can build up your own battlements or just sud surf to get across the map.
Tchia is an upcoming open-world experience with a unique twist that looks set to offer us a lot of freedom and adventure this year on PS5 and PS4. You take on the role of Tchia who has a gift known as soul-jumping that allows you to take control of any object or animal you can find in the tropical archipelago that's based on New Caledonia. From flying through the air as a bird to digging as a dog and much more, developer Acaweb has created a sandbox world that's physics-driven, meaning that there's all manner of other ways to explore, with climbing, sailing, and more. It looks utterly delightful.
God of War: Ragnarok
God of War: Ragnarok is that kind of sequel that any tidbit of news is poured over with a fervor. Following on the narrative from the 2018 God of War reboot, we'll back with Kratos and Atreus ahead of the world-shattering Ragnarok event, as they search for answers - and allies. Various Norse Gods and monsters will try to stand in their way as they travel the Nine Realms sometime in 2022.
Horizon Forbidden West
Aloy's second adventure arrived in March 2022, taking her to lands anew. As the title suggests, Horizon Forbidden West sees Aloy heading west into locales like Las Vegas and San Francisco in search of the source of a blight that's killing the Earth. What she finds are new tribes, fresh threats, but also friends old and new. It's a brilliant tale in one of the most impressive and full open worlds to date.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Sackboy: A Big Adventure launched as a launch title for PS5, but also dropped simultaneously on PS4. However, it's definitely best experienced on the newer console as the game really looks fantastic, and utilises the haptic feedback in the Dualsense to great effect. It's Sackboy's first foray away from the LittleBigPlanet name too, so don't expect the creative elements of that original series here. This is a stunning story-driven title, with support for co-op too. It's inventive, playful, and utterly adorable, so well worth a play.
Gran Turismo 7
PlayStation's premium racing sim is back with Gran Turismo 7. Although it's had a ropey launch with online and maintenance issues, and discussions around updates making the need for microtransactions slightly more prevalent, it's still a fantastic racer. It's a huge and utterly beautiful racing game that will no doubt earn it a position among the best PS5 games of all time eventually.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Arriving as a PS5 launch title, and also launching on PS4, this smaller Spider-Man story follows the titular Miles Morales as a direct sequel to the last PS4 Spider-Man game. He's just got his powers, and he's figuring out how to be his own version of the friendly neighbourhood superhero. Peter Parker is his mentor, but he has his own powers - including electric venom blasts, camouflage, and other gadgets. It's set in the same world but with the focus being on Spanish Harlem, and Morales' immediate friends and family. It might be a more compact story than the main Spider-Man entry, but Spider-Man: Miles Morales is probably more impactful.
Stray is a game where you play as a cat. That's all you need to know, really, isn't it? Free with a PlayStation Plus Extra or Premium subscription, Stray tells the story of a lost ginger tabby who finds itself trapped in a locked-down city inhabited by robots. Quickly making friends with a tiny drone called B-12, you'll meet the citizens and try to find a way back to the world you knew before. Filled with amazing little stories and plenty of ways to enjoy being a cat, Stray is a delight.
Some of the PS5 exclusives also include Director's Cut editions of PS4 games - essentially re-releases of the PS4 titles but with souped up graphics, and other additional features like DualSense haptics.
Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut
Not only did the Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut give us a brilliant graphical upgrade, but it also gave us the top-notch DLC - Iki Island - bundled in for good measure. This is a 4K 60fps experience on PS5, with support for 3D audio and DualSense haptic feedback too. It's the premium experience for Jin's story, and it's one of the best PS4 games ever so give it a look.
Death Stranding: Director's Cut
Death Stranding was the second Director's Cut to emerge and again brought this PS4 exclusive to PS5 with a new 4K 60fps sheen. It features additional story content, weapons and vehicles, a competitive ranking system, and more among the usual PS5 additions like DualSense haptics. Kojima calls it the "definitive" Death Stranding experience, and who are we to argue?
For more exciting PS5 titles check out the lists below: