The Curious Case of Whether You Can Play PT on the PS5

The Curious Case of Whether You Can Play PT on the PS5

The situation surrounding PT's next-gen hopes is, suitably, murky.

A great number of PlayStation 4 games will be making the leap to the next generation of consoles, thanks to backward compatibility. Whether the playable horror teaser PT makes that leap isn't quite clear, however.

In a statement to GamesRadar, Konami confirmed that PT will "not be available on the PS Store, so users won't be able to re-download the content through the backwards compatibility feature to the PS5." Anyone hoping to simply download PT again is a little out of luck.

There are other means, however. As IGN points out, there is another method for transferring data from the PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5: a direct data transfer, using either local Wi-Fi or external storage to move compatible games across consoles. It's a method Sony confirmed in a recent support page update, saying digital games could transfer from PS4 to PS5 using PS5 extended storage drive or Wi-Fi data transfer. The support page also lists the PS4 games that won't be playable on PS5, and PT is not currently among them.

When reached for clarification, Konami told IGN that it can't currently confirm or deny whether PT would be playable via other methods. We've reached out to Sony for clarification on whether these methods could work as well.

PT, a playable teaser released in 2014, has lived on in infamy for many reasons. Yes, it is an extremely good, bite-sized horror experience. It was also a teaser for a Silent Hills reboot helmed by Hideo Kojima, and became one of the focal points of Konami and Kojima's feud.

In the years since, players have continued to find new things inside the teaser and even created their own versions of the playable teaser. Carrying forward the real thing is obviously something some might hold dear. It remains to be seen whether you'll need to hold onto those old PlayStation 4 consoles to keep playing it, however.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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