PS5 provides game boost to select PS4 games, improving framerates
What you need to know
- According to the PS5 page on PlayStation, PS5 provides a "Game boost" that will improve framerates.
- PS5 architect Mark Cerny has previously discussed these kinds of features.
- A list of games that will benefit from the advanced hardware has not been released.
Update, October 9 (12:08 p.m. ET): Sony has confirmed that there are 10 games that cannot be played on PS4.
According to the official PS5 landing page on PlayStation, PS5 features a "Game boost," stating that players can "Enjoy faster and smoother frame rates in select PS4 and PSVR games." This appears to be in relation to statements made by Sony earlier this year regarding how backward compatible titles could take advantage of the advanced PS5 specs.
The PSVR can be used on PS5, as can the PS4 Camera, though you'll need an adapter that is free for PSVR owners. As yet, Sony has not explained how PSVR owners will acquire this free adapter.
Hopefully we'll get a list of games that can be improved running on the next-generation machine soon. The PlayStation 5 is set to release on November 12 in certain countries, with a global release on November 19. Preorders are open now, though it may be difficult to grab a console.
Update, October 9 (12:08 p.m. ET) — 10 games won't work
Sony has shared a list of 10 PS4 titles that cannot be played on PS5.
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. They also come in a wide variety of denominations and you can stock up for PS5 games.
Get your hands on it before it sells out
The PS5 is available for preorder, though grabbing a console may be tough. With two versions to choose from, you'll be able to pick which best suits your budget. PS5 is the place to be for next-gen exclusives like Spider-Man and Horizon Forbidden West.
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Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on PlayStation on Android Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert