You’re Probably Fine With the Ten PS4 Games You Can’t Play on PS5

Though we're not sure what the commonality is between them.

Sony has confirmed that a very small set of PlayStation 4 games won’t be playable through PlayStation 5’s backwards compatibility, and…I’m not really sure why, as there’s not really a common thread between them.

Thankfully, what Sony said about the “overwhelming majority” of PS4 games being playable on PS5 seems to be true, as only ten PS4 games in total are being listed on PlayStation’s support page regarding backwards compatibility as “PS4 only games.” The list reads as follows:

  • 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

Nothing against any of these games, but I can’t imagine they were the games people were itching to play on their PlayStation 5. It could possibly be a licensing issue, as Afro Samurai 2 and We Sing have some licensed music in them that might make things tricky, and TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 may be running into the same trouble with cars. But ultimately, if you were worried your favorite forever game wasn’t going to be able to come with you to the next generation, you’re probably in the clear.

In other news:

It’s good to get some confirmation on this, as PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5 compatibility has been dodgy so far. While most PS4 games will be playable on the new console, things like the DualShock 4 controller won’t be compatible while playing PS5 games while the system’s DualSense controller will still be usable to play PS4 games. That’s a little inconsistent as well, as most of Sony’s first-party peripherals will still work on the new console, but the controller is where things get iffy. Ultimately, the process of making everything old work with the new isn’t as simple as we might hope, and nothing makes that more clear than the fact that the PS5 won’t play PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, or PlayStation games. At least not any time soon. The Xbox One originally wasn’t backwards compatible with original Xbox or Xbox 360 games up until later in its lifetime, so the same may one day come for the PlayStation 5, but Sony’s not said anything about having any plans for such an update.

Meanwhile, the Xbox Series X/S will be backwards compatible with Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One games, except for ones that require the Kinect sensor.

The PlayStation 5 is launching on November 12 for $499 for the console with a disc drive, and $399 for the digital model that won’t support physical copies of games. If you wanted to get one at launch, hopefully you managed to make it through the pre-order debacle with relative ease. If not, you could always try moving to a rural area where everyone is extremely offline and no one will get in your way of walking into a store and putting down half a grand.


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