Will PS4 discs work on PS5? PlayStation backwards compatibility revealed

SONY finally launched the PlayStation 5 on Thursday, leading excited fans to ponder what next-gen games they'll play first.

Alongside a sterling roster of launch titles, the PS5 will also run a number of top PS4 games you may have otherwise missed.

The powerful machine is "99 per cent backwards compatible" with PS4 games, according to PlayStation boss Jim Ryan.

Sony has assured fans they can play an "overwhelming majority" of PS4's 4,000+ games at launch.

That means blockbuster titles like The Last of Us 2, Grand Theft Auto 5 and Fortnite are available to play from day one.

You're free to either download them if they're linked to your PlayStation account, or stick in your old disc.

Unfortunately for gamers, Sony hasn't published a confirmed list of backwards compatible games yet.

However, we do have a list of the handful of games that DON'T work on your PS5.

It's safe to assume pretty much every PS4 game plays on the PS5 other than those below.

  • 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

PS5 owners can download and play a classic collection of PS4 games with a PlayStation Plus subscription.

"PS5 owners with PS Plus will be able to download and play a curated library of PS4 games that defined the generation, like Batman Arkham Knight, Bloodborne, Fallout 4, God of War, Monster Hunter: World, Persona 5 and many more," according to a PlayStation blog post.

"The PS Plus Collection will be an added benefit to the existing PS4 benefits that PS Plus members receive for a single subscription price."

The tech titan will know that fans are keen to play their old games on the new console if possible.

The company drew harsh criticism from gamers after it was revealed the PS4 was not backwards compatible, rendering PS3 discs largely useless.

Microsoft, Sony's biggest rival, has bet big on backwards compatibility.

Its upcoming Xbox Series X, also due out just before Christmas, will be able to play Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox games, according to the company.

The Xbox One is compatible with a raft of Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles.

What is the PS5?

The PS5 is Sony's latest and greatest gaming console.

It's the successor to the PS4 and PS4 Pro, and is available in two distinct versions.

Those are the pricey PS5 proper with all the bells and whistles, and the digital edition, which is cheaper but with no disc tray.

They're going head-to-head with Microsoft's next-gen consoles, the  Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

Like Sony, Microsoft has opted to launch two machines: A full-works console with a higher price tag and a cheaper one without a disc tray.

When is the PS5 out and how much does it cost?

The PS5 release date has been set for November 12, but not everywhere.

That date only stands for the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.

In the UK, you won't be able to get it until November 19.

The PS5 proper costs £449.99/$499.99, while the digital edition comes in at $399/£359.

So how does that compare to the PS5's biggest rival, the Xbox?

Microsoft's pair of next-gen consoles came out a little earlier, landing on November 10.

The cheaper disc-free Xbox Series S costs £249/$299, while the Xbox Series X comes in at £449/$499.

In other news, a PlayStation fan has created an "all black" PS5 that disappointed gamers think looks much better than the real thing.

Here are some great Warzone tips and tricks.

And check out this crazy £450 "gaming bed".

Are you excited for the PS5? Let us know in the comments!

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