Almost every PlayStation 4 game will be playable on the PS5, with just 10 PS4 games listed as incompatible with the next-gen console.

More than 4000 games were made for the PS4, and according to Hideaki Nishino, Senior Vice President, Platform Planning & Management at Sony Interactive Entertainment, all but a few will be fully playable on the PS5 at launch.

“We’re pleased that more than 99 per cent of PS4 games will be playable on PS5 on day one. This includes games that have defined the PS4 generation – from critically acclaimed PlayStation exclusives like The Last of Us Part II and Ghost of Tsushima, to blockbuster hits from our third-party partners,” he said.

Owners of the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition will be able to play only games purchased digitally from the PlayStation Store, while customers who buy the more expensive model with disc drive will be able to use their PS4 discs. Game data and saves will be transferrable between the consoles, and gamers will be able to play using their existing DualShock 4 PS4 controllers or the new DualSense PS5 controllers. PS VR games will also be compatible, though only with PS4 controllers.

According to Nishino, PS4 titles will enjoy increased performance on the PS5.

“Select PS4 titles will see increased loading speeds on the PS5 console, and will also leverage Game Boost, offering improved or more stable frame rates. Some titles with unlocked frame rates or dynamic resolution up to 4K may see higher fidelity.

“Additionally, PS4 games will also take advantage of some of PS5’s new UX features,” he said.

The PS5 will only be backwards compatible with PS4 games – PS1, PS2, and PS3 titles will not be playable on the new console.

The PS4 games currently listed as incompatible with the PS5 are:

  • 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: Definitive Edition
  • Shadwen
  • Joe’s Diner
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