Sony has updated the PS5 website to go through a number of features that we had a little bit of clarity on, but not as much as we do now.
In relation to Backwards compatibility, Sony goes as far as saying that we’ll be able to “play a back catalog of PS4 games on your PS5 console“. It then goes onto state that a ‘Game Boost’ feature will ensure that some PS4 and PS VR games run at a higher and smooth frame rate.
Talking about its smart delivery type service, the site says that publishers have the ability to upgrade disc and digital PS4 games to digital PS5 games (either for free or at a fee). The website goes on to say that you will need to keep your PS4 disc in the console even if you’ve downloaded the digital PS5 version. It also confirms that those that have an All-Digital PS5 will not be able to upgrade to the PS5 version if they own the PS4 disc.
The website also confirms that the current PlayStation VR headset, as well as the PS4 PlayStation camera will be necessary, although we will need to get a PlayStation Camera adaptor (which will be provided at no extra cost through redemption).
Play a back catalog of PS4 games on your PS5 console
Enjoy faster and smoother frame rates in select PS4 and PS VR games.
Upgrade PS4 games to digital PS5 games
The PS5 console gives game publishers the ability to let players upgrade their disc and digital PS4 games to digital PS5 games.
Upgrade may be offered at no additional cost or for a fee and may be available for a limited time. If players have a PS4 game on Blu-ray Disc, they will need to insert the PS4 game disc to see the upgrade path, download the PS5 version and keep the PS4 game disc inserted each time they play the PS5 version of the game. To upgrade eligible PS4 disc titles to digital PS5 versions, players need a PS5 console with a disc drive.
PlayStation VR integration
Connect your PlayStation VR to your PS5 console to enjoy supported PS VR games. To set up your PS VR with your PS5 console you’ll need your PlayStation Camera2 for PS4 and a PlayStation Camera adaptor (no purchase necessary). More details on how to claim an adaptor will be shared on PlayStation.com when available.