Sony has finally explained how the PS5’s backwards compatibility works and how you can upgrade select PS4 games to next gen.
Though it was confirmed quite early on, exact details about the PlayStation 5’s backwards compatibility have been rather vague.
Today, though, Sony has laid out how both it and upgrading PlayStation 4 games to their PlayStation 5 counterparts work.
In an official blog post, Sony explains that nearly every PlayStation 4 game can be played on PlayStation 5, with the exception of only 10, by simply popping the disc into the console.
In the case of digital copies, they can either be transferred between the consoles or downloaded onto the PlayStation 5 directly from your games library.
Some of these games will even receive a ‘game boost’ and run with a higher or smoother frame rate on PlayStation 5.
The caveat, though, is that some functionalities may not be available when playing them on the PlayStation 5 and some games may even suffer from errors. Sony doesn’t detail exactly what kind of errors should be expected or how serious they could potentially be.
If you’re curious about the 10 exempt games, they 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
The PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 controller can be used to play PlayStation 4 games on PlayStation 5 as well, alongside other peripherals like the PlayStation Move for VR games. You just can’t use them for PlayStation 5 games.
Regarding upgrading games, a separate blog post explains that it’s as simple as popping the PlayStation 4 game in question, such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales, into the PlayStation 5 and choosing to upgrade it via the game hub, which will earn you a digital copy of the game.
The same applies for digital versions minus inserting the disc. Just make sure you’re signed into your PlayStation account beforehand. This does mean, however, that you can’t upgrade to a physical PlayStation 5 copy, at least for free.
The post also warns that some free upgrades may only be available for a limited time. Sony hasn’t mentioned this happening for any of the compatible games so far, but it’s something you’d best keep an eye on.
The PlayStation 5 will launch on November 19.
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