The launch of the PlayStation 5 is arriving soon, and today, Sony answered a few lingering questions about its launch plans. Both backward compatibility and cross-gen were brought up, but it sounds like moving saves around isn't an issue on the Sony side.
In a new PlayStation blog, Senior VP Hideaki Nishino answered some questions on backward compatibility with PS4 games. An update earlier today confirmed the "overwhelming majority of PS4 games" would be playable on the PS5, something Nishino reinforces in the blog. He also confirms that digital versions of compatible PS4 games will be downloadable to the PS5, and if you have the PlayStation 5 model with a disc drive, you can also use physical PS4 discs. Remote Play from PS4 to PS5 is also available, though it won't be able to utliize Game Boost to pump up the frame rate.
Whether save data will transfer over is another question, though. Sony confirms that digital games, data, and saves can transfer from a PS4 to a PS5 through a variety of means: over LAN cables, WiFi, or through external USB storage. PlayStation Plus also allows players to utilize cloud storage, which can be accessed on the PlayStation 5.
Sony does note that it's up to the game creators whether the save files can transfer though. "Please note that the ability to transfer game saves between a PS4 version and a PS5 version of the same game is a developer decision, and will vary title by title for cross-generational games," Nishino writes.
Already, several cross-gen games have had different approaches to saves. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales will support cross-gen saves, though the accompanying remaster of the 2018 PS4 Spider-Man will not. FIFA 21 can only carry certain bits of save data across consoles, and in the case of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, save data from the PS4 version will not transfer over to PS5 when that version launches next March.
With a number of games going cross-gen in the upcoming months, knowing what will and won't transfer across is fairly important. The last thing you want is booting up a fancier version of your favorite game on PS5 and learning you have to start over.