How to play PS4 games on PS5?

Will PS4 games work on PS5? The good news – yes, they do, you’ll be able to play any PS4 game you own on your new PlayStation 5 and more. Sony’s latest console has full PS5 backward compatibility, and not only that, many games have been given free PS5 upgrades to help them use the new hardware.

When the PS5 arrives, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan has promised Washington post (opens in new tab) 99% of PS4 games will work with PS5. According to Ryan, thousands of games have been tested and everything we’ve tried so far has worked like a dream. Below is how to start playing PS4 games on PS5.

Download PS4 games from your PS5 Game Library

The easiest way to access your full PS4 library on PS5 is to go to the Game Library tile on the far right of your home screen. Here you can see everything you’ve played on PS4 so far, you can even filter by platform and re-download anything you want to play on PS5. It’s super straight forward, as you’d hope.

You can play PS4 discs on PS5

If you’re not rocking the PS5 Digital Edition, you can also play your physical disc-based PS4 games by inserting the disc into your PS5. Yes, it will need to install the game and apply updates, but it will play and work just as it does on the PS4 – probably just with some nice PS4 perks.

Your PS4 external hard drive also works on PS5

If you’re using a PS4 external hard drive to store games on the PS4, there’s another cool trick you can do with your PS5: remove the hard drive from your PS4 and plug it into your PS5. No conversion or reformatting required, you start enjoying all those games right on your PS5. For ultimate convenience, remember to move as much of your PS4 library as possible to this hard drive before switching.

Wi-Fi transfer from PS4 to PS5 will copy everything

There is another way to modernize your ability to play PS4 games on PS5 without having to redownload them all. If you still have access to your PS4, you can also do a Wi-Fi transfer that copies your PS4 games stored internally on your old console (not on the external hard drive) directly to your PS5.

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To do this, go to:

Settings > System > System Software > Data Transfer

Then it’s just a case of following the on-screen instructions. You need both your PS5 and PS4 powered on and also connected to the internet via Wi-Fi. You can also connect the two over a LAN connection if they are right next to each other.

Once connected, you can select all or tick the PS4 games you want to transfer. Then you just have to wait while the transfer takes place so you can get stuck.

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