Sony has said that the following performance differences may apply when the PS5 plays PS4 games:
As for the specifics on those Game Boost enhancements, it’s something the likes of Digital Foundry will be testing at system launch.
It should be noted that there are a number of PS4 games, such as Fortnite, that will feature specific versions of the PS5, which technically makes them PS5 games, which take better advantage of the new features of the system.
PS4 hardware and controller support: Will DualShock 4 and other PS4 accessories work with PS5?
Sony has confirmed that some, but not all, PS4 accessories will work with the PS5.
PS4 accessories that work with PS5 and PS4 games:
- Officially licensed racing wheels, arcade sticks and flight sticks
- Platinum and Gold wireless headphones
- Third-party headphones that connect via the USB port or the audio jack
PS4 accessories that will only work with PS4 games on PS5:
- DualShock 4
- Officially Licensed Third Party PS4 Controllers
- PS Move controllers (for compatible PSVR games *)
- PlayStation VR Aim Controller (for compatible PSVR games *)
- PlayStation Camera (for compatible PSVR games, adapter required *)
* There may be PS5 enhanced versions of PSVR games, which could technically mean that these accessories will work with PS5 games, but until fully confirmed, expect this to mean support for PS4 PSVR games.
To clarify: DualShock 4 games and PSVR accessories will work with PS5, but only when using backward compatible PS4 games, which means you cannot use a DualShock 4 to play a PS5 title.
What consoles will it be compatible with older versions of the PS5?
The PS5 will only be natively compatible with PS4 games.
In September 2020, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan, speaking to Famitsu (via Ars Technica), confirmed that the PS5 will not natively support PS3, PS2, and PS1 discs.
This confirms a speculation started by a Ubisoft support page in the same month, which apparently confirmed that the PS5 would not be compatible with previous versions of PS1, PS2 or PS3 games.
However, the question of whether the PS5 will be compatible with PlayStation Now is yet to be confirmed. If so, players will be able to stream a variety of PS4, PS3, and PS2 titles through the service, which will be the best option.
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What else has Sony said about PS5 backward compatibility?
The details of PS5 backward compatibility have been long overdue, and the short list of unsupported games was confirmed just a month before the system’s launch.
During in-depth analysis of the PS5 system specifications in March 2020, Mark Cerny revealed that almost all of the top 100 PS4 games (ranked by playtime) could be played on the PS5 at launch.
This was later developed in a post by Hideaki Nishino on the official PlayStation blog about the PS5 specifications. There it was explained that Sony expects most games released for the PS4 to be playable on the PS5.
In May 2020, Eurogamer revealed that any games submitted for PS4 certification after mid-July must also be compatible with the PS5.
Finally, in September 2020, Sony revealed the PlayStation Plus Collection, which would see various PS4 games playable on PS5 as part of the subscription. This apparently confirms a number of PS4 games playable on PS5, but it is unknown whether having these games separately will be playable through out-of-subscription backward compatibility, or if these games will offer some kind of improvement. from PS5.