Sony’s strategy of making the PS5 backwards compatible has garnered a good reaction from the gamers. Gamers are behind Sony and it feels like Sony will definitely win the console war against Xbox again. But the backwards compatible strategy could backfire too.
Sony doesn’t have dedicated hardware for making the PS5 backwards compatible with the PS4. Instead, it uses Software Emulation to achieve it.
This can always create problems. If you have ever tried to emulate any console on your computer, you know what I’m talking about!
So, yeah, Sony has said that not all games are compatible with the PS5. There are a few obscure games that you won’t be able to play on the PS5. But what are these games? Let’s take a look.
Which PS4 Games don’t Work On PS5?
The official page for PS5 in Sony’s website has a list of 10 games that you will not be able to play on the PS5. This list includes a few VR games and it doesn’t have any big deal breaking titles. All the first-party Sony exclusive games will run completely fine in the PS5. These games though will not be supported:
- 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
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Now, if you take a look at the list above, you will notice that these are not huge games. Apart from Hitman Go and Shadow Complex, other games aren’t really that famous. Most gamers don’t even care about these games and you can always play these games on PC so, you are not missing out on anything. We think PS5 will totally nail backwards compatibility on other titles though. Maybe some third party games will be a tad bit error-prone. In Sony’s website, they have stated that some PS4 games could provide unexpected behaviours which essentially means that the emulation is still a bit glitchy. It can be fixed though. You can always fix this minor issue. Things can get a bit iffy when you start comparing though. Xbox has been doing backwards compatibility from much earlier and they seem to have actually made a significant leap in terms of the backwards compatible scene.
Another thing that a lot of players are asking is controller support. Well, you can definitely use the PS4 controller to play PS4 games on the PS5. However, PS4 controllers will not work with PS5 games. As far as the VR goes, PS Move and VR Aim controllers will be supported by the PS5. You can also connect the PS4 cameras to the PS5 for streaming purpose.
This is one area where PlayStation beats Xbox. Xbox doesn’t have support for motion controllers. But one thing that Xbox does better is total backwards compatibility. With the new Xbox Series X and Series S, you can play all the original Xbox games, Xbox 360 games and Xbox One games. PlayStation has still not managed to make a working emulator for PS3. So, there is always this thing to consider.
Anyway, the battle of Backwards Compatibility is still going strong between the consoles although Xbox has already laid a solid ground. If the PS5 manages to emulate even 80% of its total PS4 catalogue properly, it’s a straight win for Sony.
The PS4 has some great games such as Ghost of Tsushima, Spiderman, God of War, Ratchet and Clank, Uncharted that you can only play properly in the PS4 right now. If they bring all of these games and more to the PS5 then, the PS5 is an obvious winner even if there are 10 games that don’t run on the PS5. I mean, nobody even cares about the 10 PS4 games that don’t run on the PS5, except maybe a few fans!
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