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Sony Details How PS5 Backwards Compatibility and PS4 Data Transfers Works

Sony shared some new information on the state of the PS5 backwards compatibility. In addition, the company detailed which PS4 games players won’t be able to load on their new PlayStation 5. According to Sony, an overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 games are playable on the new console. These games will also benefit from the PS5’s Game Boost feature which sees them run at a higher or smoother frame rate than before. However, there are some restrictions. Sony claims that some games will not function correctly depending on the title and that users should boot and play the title before investing in add-on content for the game. Only if you are happy with the experience should you spend money on it.


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While a short list, there are some games that won’t work on the console. Here are the PS4 games not compatible with PS5

  • 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


Sony did not share why these games don’t work and whether or not they are going to be updated in the future. If you play any of the above, you won’t be able to play them on the PS5 at launch.

In addition to the good news about the PS5 backwards compatibility, the company shared new information on support for accessories and disc-based games.

Playing PS4 game discs on a PS5 console with a disc drive

  • Insert the PS4 game disc. You may need to download an update.
  • Select the game hub from your Games home.
  • You will need to keep the disc inserted each time to play the game.


PS4 game discs can’t be used with the PlayStation5 Digital Edition. 


Install a PS4 digital game on a PS5 console

  • Select game library from your Games home.
  • Select the game you want to play.
  • If you haven’t already downloaded the game, select Download.
  • The game will install automatically. Depending on the game, you may have the option to copy and play a portion of the game right away.


Sony claims users can transfer their PS4 games from an existing console to a PlayStation 5 using a Wi-Fi data transfer. You can also access PlayStation 4 games on the PS5 directly from an external hard drive. When installing a PS4 game on the console, users can simply head into the “Games home” and select the game you want to play. If it is not installed, you can download it and install it. Some games will offer the opportunity to download a portion of the title which is playable before the rest downloads.

Compatible controllers on PS5 consoles

  • The DualSense™ wireless controller, DUALSHOCK™4 wireless controller and PlayStation officially licensed third-party gamepad controllers will work on PS5 consoles with supported PS4 games.
  • Specialty peripherals, such as officially licensed racing wheels, arcade sticks, and flight sticks, will work with PS5 games and supported PS4 games.
  • Both the PS Move Motion Controller and the PlayStation VR Aim Controller will work with supported PS VR games on PS5 consoles.
  • For the best experience, use a DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller when playing PS4 games and PS VR games on a PS5 console.
  • PS5 games are not compatible with the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller.
  • To adjust the strength of controller vibration on PS5 consoles, go to Settings. Accessories,  Controllers , Vibration Intensity.
  • The Platinum and Gold Wireless Headsets, as well as third-party headsets that connect via USB port or audio jack, will work on PS5 consoles (the headset companion app is not compatible with PS5 consoles).

PS5 backwards compatibility limitations

  • The SHARE menu cannot be displayed during PS4 gameplay on PS5 consoles. You can take screenshots and images by pressing the create button on your DualSense wireless controller to show the create menu. Additionally, you can use the button shortcuts to start/stop video recording or to save screenshots as follows:
    • Single press the create (DualSense) or SHARE button (DUALSHOCK4) to show the create menu
    • Press and hold the create (DualSense) or SHARE button (DUALSHOCK4)  to take a screenshot
    • Double press the create (DualSense) or SHARE button (DUALSHOCK4) to start and stop video recording manually. 
  • The HD Camera is not compatible with PS4 games, please connect a PlayStation Camera via a PlayStation®Camera adaptor.
  • HDR is automatically switched on for PS5 consoles.
    • To turn off HDR,  go to Settings, Screen and Video, Video Output, HDR and select SDR.
  • The PS4 tournaments feature is not supported on PS5 consoles.
  • In-Game Live from PlayStation is not supported on PS5 consoles.
  • PS5 consoles do not support the PS4 Second Screen app or game companion apps.


We still don’t know anything about the console’s UI but by the sound of things, there will be a “Games Home” section that is going to house all your digital content. Hopefully, more details will be shared soon.

Marco is the owner and founder of GLITCHED. South Africa’s largest gaming and pop culture website. GLITCHED quickly established itself with tech and gaming enthusiasts with on-point opinions, quick coverage of breaking events and unbiased reviews across its website, social platforms, and YouTube channel.

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