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Do games on the PS4 work on the PS5? Because Sony placed a strong emphasis on backwards compatibility in the development of the PS5, it is feasible to load PS4 games onto your PS5 and play them. It is also not a difficult thing to do by any means, and the PlayStation 5 is also designed to make it easy and painless to access your existing games. In addition, free PS5 upgrades have been provided to several PS4 games, which does not hurt.
A very long time ago, when the PS5 was first released, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan made a guarantee to The Washington Post (opens in a new tab) that the PS5 will be compatible with 99 percent of PS4 games. According to Ryan, thousands of games were tried out, and everything that we have tried up to this point has worked like a complete and utter dream. So, as promised, here’s how to get started playing games from your PS4 on your PS5:
The Game Library tile can be found on the far right side of the home screen of your PS5, and going there is the quickest and easiest way to view the all of your PS4 library on your PS5. Here you can view everything that you’ve ever played on PS4 and re-download anything that you wish to play on PS5. You even have the option to filter your games based on the platform they were originally played on. The answer is, as you might expect, rather simple.
You may also play your physical disc-based PlayStation 4 games on your PlayStation 5 by simply inserting the disc into your PlayStation 5. This is the case even if you have the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. Yes, it will be necessary to install the game and apply any updates, but once that is done, the game will play and run exactly the same way as it did on PS4 – presumably with some lovely PS4 enhancements.
If you were storing games on your PS4 using an external hard drive, then there’s another cool trick you can do with your PS5: simply unplug the hard drive from your PS4, and plug it into your PS5. There is no need for conversion or reformatting; you may immediately begin playing any of those titles on your PlayStation 5. To ensure that the transition goes as smoothly as possible, take sure to copy as much of your PS4 library as possible onto the new hard drive before you make the change.
You don’t necessarily have to re-download all of your PS4 titles in order to play them on your PS5; there’s another option to shorten this process. If you still have access to your PS4, you may also make a Wi-Fi transfer, which copies the PS4 games that are stored locally on your old console (that is, not on the external hard drive) directly onto your PS5. This option is available to you even if you still have access to your PS4.
To accomplish this, go to:
Settings > System > System Software > Data Transfer
After then, all you have to do is follow the directions that appear on the screen. You’ll need to have your PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 powered on and connected to the internet through Wi-Fi at the same time. If they are in close proximity to one another, you may also connect them through a local area network (LAN) connection.
Once they are linked, you will have the option to either select all of the PS4 titles or only the ones you want to transfer individually. After then, all that is required of you is to wait patiently while the transfer is completed before you may begin.