Sony Lists 10 PS4 Games That Won’t Run On PS5

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Sony Lists 10 PS4 Games That Won’t Run On PS5
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A new page filled with details about PlayStation 5 backward compatibility appeared today on the official PlayStation support website. While we already knew about some of what’s listed here, Sony did include a new and relatively short list of PS4 games that won’t be playable on PS5.

The new support page is titled “Backward compatibility: PlayStation®4 games playable on PlayStation®5” and includes a list of 10 games that will not be playable on PS5. I have some bad news for fans of Joe’s Diner and Hitman: GO Definitive Edition:

  • 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

While this list is small and filled with some low-profile games, it’s also safe to assume this isn’t the full list. Sony also explained that games that won’t work on PS5 will be tagged on the PlayStation Store as “Playable on: PS4 only.”

While Sony does claim a majority of PS4 games will be playable on PS5, the language used on this support page does seem to imply it expects some potential bugs and issues, stating: “In addition, some PS4 games may exhibit errors or unexpected behaviour when played on PS5 consoles.”

Sony also suggests that players try out PS4 games on their new PS5 to make sure they are happy with the experience before plopping down cash on any additional content. Additionally, Sony did confirm players will be able to not only download PS4 games to their PS5, but will also be able to transfer these digital games via extended storage or Wi-Fi transfers.

Something else of note is that nowhere on this page or on any other support page for the PS5 does Sony talk about or detail PS3, PS2, or PS1 backward compatibility in the PlayStation 5. Back in August, a Ubisoft support page seemed to indicate that the PS5 will only support PS4 games, and while that page eventually had that info removed, it’s starting to look like it’s true.

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It’s great to see the PS5 will support PS4 games and some accessories. But compared to the upcoming Xbox, Sony’s PS5 backward compatibility strategy looks a little ragged thanks to lack of support for games from older Sony consoles, inconsistent handling of cross-generational saves, lack of previous-generation controller compatibility with PS5 titles, and now, a list of PS4 games that will be incompatible with the PS5. Whereas Xbox Series X/S will mostly just work when you want to play an Xbox One game, and will support various vintage Xbox and Xbox 360 games.

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Comments

  • Neither really support the older gens.

    Xbox only supports 2% of its xbox original games, and around 25% of the 360 games.

    And why would they, its only this latest generation, XBOX One and PS4, where we have seen a settling of graphics fidelity and capability for experiences.

    I can see this last gen being played a lot, but not the gens prior. Not if we are honest.

    • 577 games is hardly not supporting older games, they were adding more and more each month but stopped to work on the new console – thats a buttload of backcompat wtf are you on about?

      • I agree, and although there seem to be plenty of gamers who only care about the latest and greatest, they don’t seem to understand there’s also a whole bunch of us who love to indulge in older games. I regularly play 360 games via backcompat and dabble with the OG games, too. I hope to see more of them added after launch! Of course, it does help that they are enhanced in at least a very basic way.

    • As the other guy said. It’s nearly 600 games, while not a huge percentage, is still a large number. Not to mention they’re going back to work on making everything BC…so yeah.
      Also the other stuff the article mentioned

    • They’re adding more games after series X launch. Aiming to be just about every game. Plus they have other stuff supported outside games which is great

  • I really gotta say that I’m preferring the boring and honest approach over the flashy anything is possible until it’s not approach.

    Maybe I’m just getting old…..er

  • Same. Old (er) guy here. I bought a ton of digi stuff on Wii/U/3DS and just not confident enough that anything I buy for switch will be compatible going forward. Xbox is the only platform I’m feeling safe to buy stuff and be able to play it in 10 years time without keeping multiple systems wired up. It’s funny how Sony have had many people defending them saying “there’s 4000 games to test! They can’t account for all that!” , but somehow xbox has. Strange times.

    • Simple, Xbox has been using evolutions of CPU & GPU for each generation, all based on PC components, therefore inherently backwards compatible.
      The playstations have all been revolutionary steps for CPU/GPU. The early PS2’s had an added PS1 CPU to run PS1 games. The PS3 was an entirely new CPU type designed by IBM/Sony/etc. nothing backwards compatible about it. The PS4 was the first move to a PC style CPU/GPU, and the PS5 is an evolution of these, therfore inheretly backwards compatible like the Xbox.

      • The Xbox 360 shipped with CPU using the POWER instruction set architecture, which is completely different to Intel’s x86 ISA. This will be the first Xbox generation to use the same ISA as its predecessor.

        While Microsoft definitely has a better backward compatibility story, it can’t be explained away by hardware-level compatibility.

    • I think for a lot of people it just isn’t that big of an issue. It’s a nice feature to have in theory, but I have a backlog so big I’ll be playing it well into the next generation of consoles. I’ve replayed a very small handful of PS3 titles since owning a PS4, but I ended up re-buying them on sale years later on PC where I can play them with better resolution than an out-dated console can handle, and will likely do the same for any PS4 titles I want to revisit, I’ve already done so for Watch_Dogs 2 (which I didn’t re-buy, it got given away for free) and Witcher 3 (which I didn’t actually own on PS4, I borrowed my father’s copy). So by the time I do get to PS5 if I still want to play PS4 games over anything current gen then I feel Sony aren’t doing their job properly.

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