Sony announced the price and release date of the PlayStation 5 ($ 399 for the fully digital version and $ 499 for the CD-ROM drive, both available Nov. 12), as well as the company’s six launch titles released at the time of Publication will be available. That’s not a big lineup, and you might be wondering if you can play part of your PS4 collection on your new PS5 as soon as more games become available – and luckily, there seems to be a good chance you can.
The new console is 99 percent backwards compatible with the PS4 games that the company has tested so far, said Sony PlayStation boss Jim Ryan in an interview with The Washington Post. In March Sony announced that the “vast majority”
And while Sony hasn’t released an exact list of backwards compatible games, we do know that PS5 owners can download and play a classic collection of PS4 games with just a PlayStation Plus subscription, including God of War, The Last of Us: Remastered, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
While we don’t know all the details about PS5 backward compatibility, the situation already sounds a lot better than when the PS4 launched in 2013, where you were able to play exactly zero PS3 games. That only changed with the launch of PlayStation Now, Sony’s game streaming service, a year later, but the service only offers a curated list of PS3 games (and now PS2 and PS1 games). PlayStation Now does not allow you to play PS3, PS2, and PS1 games that you already own. You can only play what is available on the service.
The Xbox One was also not backward compatible during the 2013 launch, but was able to play some Xbox 360 games in 2015 and expand them to the original Xbox in 2017. In both cases, however, Microsoft had to individually get each game working on Xbox One over time. However, Microsoft promises that the upcoming Xbox Series X / S will be able to play “thousands” of Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox games.