The PS5 is backwards compatible just like the Xbox with most PS4 games and can even give a mix of improved load times, enhanced visuals, and more solid frame rates. While Sony says the large majority of PS4 games will be playable on the new gaming console, select games will not be playable with the next-gen console, and we now know which those games are.
A support page on the official PlayStation website originally listed 10 games that would not be playable on new PS5, but that number has fallen to eight games as of December 2020. The list covers some VR content, and it doesn’t highlight any big games. The games you’ll likely want to keep playing when you get your PS5 will still work.
In the start it seems that these 10 games would be the only ones that didn’t work, but Ubisoft subsequently revealed its own list with some games that purportedly were incompatible. These are games which you can check out below, and comes with several VR games and entries in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Ubisoft has since removed a post listing them from its website; the games in question are listed below with an asterisk. Based on reports, these Ubisoft games do at least boot up, but it’s possible you could face some issues as you play. You may want to wait for solid updates in order to get them to work more perfectly. Newer Ubisoft games will work more fine on PS5.
PS5-Incompatible PS4 Games
- Assassin’s Creed Syndicate*
- Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India*
- Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China*
- Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia*
- Star Trek Bridge Crew*
- Werewolves Within*
- Space Junkies*
- Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma – Volume One
- TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2
- Just Deal With It!
- Robinson: The Journey
- We Sing
- Hitman Go: Definitive Edition
- Joe’s Diner
In order to play a backward-compatible game on the all-new PS5 is just put it into the disc drive, download it from PSN, or transfer it via external storage from PS4. Should there be a PS5 upgrade available, Sony also revealed that process. Even a few PS4 games will see greater performance via Game Boost without a PS5 upgrade.
Your game saves stored in the cloud will also transfer from PS4 to PS5. This means your half-finished games on PS4 and wants to maintain playing on PS5, you can install it on the new console, download your save data, and start the game where you left off. This will be very useful for any games which come via the PlayStation Plus collection that you may have played in the past, as the digital versions will be available on PS5. You must have a PS Plus subscription in order to use cloud saves. This varies from Xbox, which allows anyone with a free Xbox Live account to make use of cloud saves.
You can play with a DualShock 4 controller to play the PS4 games, though it won’t work on your PS5 games. PlayStation Move and PlayStation VR Aim controllers will be supported, as well. You’ll want to keep your PS4’s camera available, as well, as you’ll need it to play these games. It appears the PS5’s own camera will serve other purposes, possibly for enhancing the streaming experience.
Microsoft is also supporting the vast majority of Xbox One games on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, with the exception of Kinect-only games. The same backward compatible original Xbox and Xbox 360 games playable on Xbox One will be playable on the new console, as well. It doesn’t look like more will be added.
PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition both launched on November 12.