Play PS4 Games on PS5 | Installing a PS4 Game on a PS5 Console
Updated: 27 June 2021
The vast majority of the over 4,000 PS4 games can be played on PS5 consoles. How do you install PS4 games on PS5? Read this play PS4 games on PS5 review.
- Some PS4 games take advantage of the PS5 console’s Game Boost, which may cause PS4 games to run at a higher or lower frame rate.
- Although many PS4 games can play on PS5 consoles, some features of the PS4 console may not be available on PS5 consoles. Also, some PS4 games may display errors or unexpected behaviour when played on PS5 consoles.
- Before you buy PS4 game consoles on PS5 consoles, try to start and play PS4 games on the PS5 console to see if you are happy with the gaming experience.
- PlayStation VR games are among the thousands of PlayStation 4 games that can be played on PlayStation 5. A PS VR headset, a PlayStation camera for PS4 and a PlayStation camera adapter are also required to play PS VR games on a PS5 console (no purchase necessary). We recommend the best PS VR experience on the PS5 with a DualShock 4 wireless controller. Some games may also require PlayStation Move motion controls or be compatible with the PlayStation VR target controller. PS VR is also not compatible with the latest HD camera for PS5. PS VR headsets, PS cameras, DualShock 4 wireless controllers, PS Move controllers, and PS VR target controllers are also sold separately from PS5.
- Constantly update the PS5 console to the latest version of the system software.
Play PS4 Game Discs on a PS5 Console with one Player
- Insert the PS4 game disc. You may need to download an update.
- Select Game Hub on the website for your games.
- You must leave the disc inserted each time you play.
PS4 Game Discs will not Work with the PS5 Digital Edition
Transfer digital games from PS4 console to PS5 console. You can also transfer digital games and game data from the PS4 console to the PS5 console with Wi-Fi data transfer. You can also access PS4 games and game data on a PS5 console directly from a compatible USB storage device that you already use with a PS4.
Installing a PS4 Game on a PS5 Console is Possible
- Select the game library in your playhouse.
- Select the game you want to play.
- If you haven’t downloaded your favourite title, select download and start playing.
- The game is installed automatically. Depending on the game, you may be able to directly copy and play the part of the game.
Compatible Controllers on PS5 Consoles
- The latest PS5 games and compatible PS4 games work with dedicated peripherals such as officially licensed cars, arcade frames, and flying sticks.
- Platinum and gold wireless headphones and third-party headphones connected via a USB port or audio connector work on PS5 consoles (the headphones app is not compatible with PS5 consoles).
- PS Move Motion Controller and PlayStation VR Target Controller work with PS VR games compatible with PS5 consoles.
- A PS VR headset, a PlayStation camera for PS4 and a PlayStation camera adapter are also required to play PS VR games on a PS5 console. For the best PS VR experience on the PS5, we recommend using a DualShock 4 wireless controller. Some games may require PlayStation Move motion controls or be compatible with the PlayStation VR visibility control. Therefore, PS VR is not compatible with the latest HD camera for PS5. PS VR headsets, PS cameras, DualShock 4 wireless controllers, PS Move controllers, and PS VR target controllers are also sold separately from PS5.
- PS5 games can only be played with DualSense wireless controls.
- On PS5 controllers, go to Settings > Accessories > Controls > Vibration Intensity to adjust the frequency of the controller vibration.
Note! Not all officially licensed PlayStation or third-party controls can also work on PS5. We recommend that you contact the manufacturer to determine if a product is suitable for PS5 and specific titles.
Compatibility Restrictions with Earlier Versions of PS5
PS5 consoles do not support PlayStation 3 discs. If you have transferred your PS4 digital game to a PS4 digital game with the PS3 game update software, you will not play this PS4 digital game on the PS5 console.
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How to play PS4 games on PS5? The Share menu cannot be displayed when playing PS4 games on PS5 consoles. You can take screenshots and pictures by clicking the “Create” button on the DualSense wireless controller to display the “Create” menu. Even if you start shooting 3840 x 2160 video on some PS4 games, it may result in 1920 x 1080 resolutions. You can also use keyboard shortcuts to start/stop video recording or take screenshots of the following:
- Press the Create (DualSense controller) or Share (DualShock 4 controller) button to display the Create menu.
- Press and hold Create (DualSense controller) or Share (DualShock 4 controller) to take a screenshot.
- Double-click the Create button (DualSense controller) or Share button (DualShock controller) to record a video from your most recent game.
- On PS5, the HD camera is incompatible with PS VR. To use PS VR on PS5, you’ll need a PS Camera (for PS4) and a PS Camera Adapter (which you don’t have to buy).
- HDR is also automatically enabled for PS5 consoles. To disable HDR, go to Settings > Display & Video > Video Out > HDR and select Off.
- The PS4 tournament feature is not supported on PS5 consoles. Continue using the PS4 console to enter a PS4 game tournament.
- PlayStation Live Playback is not supported on PS5 consoles.
- PS5 consoles do not support the PS4 display application or also the applications associated with the game.
The difference between PS4 and PS5 Games
PS5 is compatible with most PS4 games, which means that the top 100 PS4 games can be played on PS5. If you do not know what to look for, you can also play the wrong version. To save space and make the user interface clearer, Sony stores each version of the game under the same icon on the board.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do PS4 Games Run Faster on PS5?
Will PS4 games run better on PS5? PS5 Game Booster is a feature on Sony’s next-generation console. That boosts the performance of backwards-compatible PlayStation 4 games. Once enabled, some titles will display improved resolutions and frame rates due to the higher performance of PlayStation 5. As part of our PS5 guide, it shows all the significant improvements for PS4 games thanks to the PS5 Game Boost.
Will PS5 Play PS4 Digital Games?
PS5 is backwards compatible with PS4 software. It means that both physical and digital software is running in the next-generation system. Assuming you use the same PSN account on PS5, you can access all your PS4 purchases from PlayStation Store.
Will PS5 Play PS3 Games?
Unfortunately, the PS5 cannot play PS3 game discs, but it can play some PS3 games. PlayStation has released many Remastered PS3 games, such as Last of Us and God of War, and you can play them on PS5.