Backward compatibility has become a major talking point surrounding the next generation of console hardware. In Sony's case, the PS5 will be backward compatible with a number of PS4 games, but today they are confirming a few that won't be able to make the jump.
In an update to its backward compatibility support page, Sony has added a few games that are only playable on PlayStation 4. Sony maintains that the "majority of PS4 games" are playable on PS5, but a few won't be, and will be marked as such on the PlayStation Store. Here's the list:
- 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
- Joe's Diner
There are, unsurprisingly, no major Sony exclusives or anything on that last, though the inclusion of Shadow Complex and Hitman Go is a bit of a bummer. (Though honestly, both are available on a lot of platforms that are equally or better-suited to those experiences.)
As for the rest, Sony maintains that the "overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 games" will be playable on the PS5. Select games will benefit from the PlayStation 5's Game Boost, which might make a PS4 game run with higher or smoother frame rate. Sony also notes that some functionalities of the PS4 version might not be available on the PS5.
Still, Sony seems determined to have its last generation carry forward into the new one, going so far as to create a PlayStation Plus Collection that will let Plus users play some of the generation's best for free through their subscription. Xbox has responded in kind, utilizing Xbox Game Pass and its own extensive backward-compatible catalog. This new generation is going to have a lot of the old in it. At least we know that if we run out of games this holiday season, our backlog will still be waiting and playable. That is, unless your backlog included Joe's Diner.