Can I play used games on PS5?

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Best answer: Yes! You can play used games on the standard PS5, though not the PS5 Digital Edition since it doesn't play any physical games.

What's this about used games?

When the Xbox One was initially announced in 2013, a considerable uproar followed since Microsoft had announced heavy restrictions on physical games. Specifically, players would have games tied to their accounts, meaning that lending or selling games would be near impossible. When Sony announced the PS4 shortly after, it famously took a jab at the company when it announced players would have no restrictions on any games.

While the present-day landscape of games is extremely digital, and while Xbox did end up changing its policies, players have since been cautious about how companies will handle this going forward. Fortunately, Sony did not place any type of restrictions on physical games for the PS5. However, if you're looking to play your physical collection on the new system be sure to avoid the PS5 Digital Edition as true to its name, that console only plays digital games.

Will there be any restrictions?

The PS5 allows players to use any type of physical game they want in the PS5, granted that it stays in the disc tray and is compatible with the console. Players looking to wait to pick up some of the new releases for the PS5 shouldn't have to worry at all on this front.

Will the PS5 support backward compatibility?

While the PS4 wasn't backward compatible with the PS3, nearly all of the approximately 4,000 PS4 titles can be played on the PS5. The backward compatability comes with enhancements via Game Boost, which makes the frame rates faster and smoother. You still won't be able to play titles from earlier PlayStations on the PS5.

These are the only PS4 games that can't be played on the PS5:

  • Afro Samurai 2 Revenge of Kuma Volume One
  • DWVR
  • Hitman Go: Definitive Edition
  • Joe's Diner
  • Just Deal With It!
  • Robinson: The Journey
  • Shadow Complex Remastered
  • Shadwen
  • TT Isle of Man - Ride on the Edge 2
  • We Sing
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