Article By: Jessi 7XS
Last year details had begun to come out about the next gen console coming from Sony, the PlayStation 5. This new console packs a punch, with new solid state drive, ray tracing, even 4k HD graphics. The biggest thing that gamers look forward to in new consoles, is not only new games to be released but if they will be able to play their old gen favorites as well.
As of now, it has been fully confirmed that select PlayStation 4 games will be backwards compatible with the PS5. Sony has been working hard testing out the compatibility of the top 100 played PS4 games. The PS5 comes with a “boost mode” that will help some PS4 games run with a higher and smoother framerate. Through Sony’s testing so far, things are looking good and Sony expects that almost all of our PS4 games should work with PS5 on day one. The way this would work, is that the PlayStation 5’s chipset would switch to two different legacy modes; one for PlayStation 4 and one for PlayStation 4 Pro.
Any digital games that you’ve downloaded from the PS Store on the PS4 will be able to be downloaded again on the PS5. Game discs from the PS4 will also be able to be used with the PS5, although some games could possibly require a small update when used. The only console that you won’t be able to use PS4 discs in would obviously be the digital edition of the PlayStation 5 as there is no disc drive.
In a recent post on their blog, Sony has even confirmed that save data from the PS4 can be transferred to the PS5, but it will be up to the decision of the developer. Cloud saves will be available for PS Plus members, but for those who are picking up on the PS5, your digital library will transfer once your account is synced on the new console.
For sure confirmed, the PlayStation VR Headset and all associated games are confirmed to be compatible with the PS5. We don’t know yet whether we will see a “next gen” upgrade to PSVR or if it will stay the same as it is now. The PS4’s Dualshock controller will also be able to be used on PS5 with select PS4 games.
I hate to say it though, Sony has made it known that PlayStation 5 will not have any backwards compatibility support for PS3, PS2, or PS1 games. Even more so, there is a list of 10 PlayStation 4 games that will exclusively stay on PS4 and will not be backwards compatible with the PlayStation 5. These games are;
- 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: Definitive Edition
- Joe’s Diner
On November 12th 2020, “play has no limits”. PlayStation players will be able to get their hands on the next generation of the PlayStation family with the PlayStation 5 for $499.99 USD. Players, like Xbox, will be able to choose from the standard PS5 console or the all digital edition of the PS5, that has no disc drive and all games can be downloaded digitally for $399.99 USD.