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Sony Finally Details PS4 Backward Compatibility on PlayStation 5

by Jesse Vitelli

Sony has finally given more details into exactly how PlayStation 5 will handle backward compatibility for PlayStation 4 games. On the PlayStation website’s support page, Sony dives deeper into what will and won’t work when you get your shiny new PlayStation 5.

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Luckily, almost all of the games you know and love on PlayStation 4 will make the generational leap. However, here is a shortlist of the games that will not be making the jump.


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

Now, these are not the biggest game on the PS4, but every game is someone’s favorite game. It seems like every other PS4 game will be playable on the PS5. However, there’s always a caveat. 

Here is the list of compatibility issues with playing PlayStation 4 games on the PlayStation 5.


  • 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.

However, Sony has confirmed that both physical and digital versions of PS4 games will work. Of course, you’ll need the disc drive if you want to play those physical versions of older games.

You’ll also need to hold onto your Dualshock controller because the new Dualsense controller will not be compatible with all of the PlayStation 4 titles. So don’t throw those controllers away just yet! 

All of this information is only for PlayStation 4 games, as we already know there is no backward compatibility for games on older consoles.

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