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Best answer: Yes. The PlayStation 5 can play PlayStation 4 games, including VR titles. It is, however, unlikely that it is backward compatible with any other PlayStation consoles.

Can the PS5 play older games?

The PlayStation 5 (PS5) will be backward compatible with the PlayStation 4 (PS4), so you don't need to worry about losing access to your collection of PS4 games. This includes VR titles since the PlayStation VR (PSVR) is confirmed to work with the PS5. Your saves will also transfer over, as Sony has given an example of someone starting a game on PS4, moving to PS5, then back to PS4 again all on the same save game.

How many PS4 games are backward compatible?

It looks like 100 of the most popular PS4 games will be playable on PS4 at launch, with more to come down the line.

Lastly, we're excited to confirm that the backwards compatibility features are working well. We recently took a look at the top 100 PS4 titles as ranked by play time, and we're expecting almost all of them to be playable at launch on PS5. With more than 4000 games published on PS4, we will continue the testing process and expand backwards compatibility coverage over time.

What about much older games?

While many are hoping for PlayStation, PlayStation 2 or PlayStation 3 (PS3) games to be supported on the PS5, it's not very likely. The custom CELL architecture of the PS3 provides a particularly difficult obstacle to overcome, which is why getting backward compatibility on the PS4 was also super difficult.

While anything is possible, we'd recommend against hoping for these games to be playable. The only exception will be through PlayStation Now streaming, which does have some PS3 games.

Our pick

PlayStation Store Gift Card

Easy to stock up

PlayStation gift cards are an easy way to grab currency for games, add-ons, themes and more on the PlayStation Store. All your PlayStation 4 content will carry over and be usable on PlayStation 5. They also come in a wide variety of denominations.

PS4's best

God of War

A new beginning

2018's God of War brings the Spartan warrior Kratos to a new land, full of new myths and monsters, as the aged god-killer is forced into his greatest challenge yet, that of raising his son.

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