With less than a week to go before the official launch of the PlayStation 5, we figured it would be a good time to start getting prepared for the transition. Sony has assured players that 99% of thousands of PlayStation 4 titles will be playable on the PlayStation 5, thanks to backwards compatibility, so if you’ve still got some of your back catalogue to finish up, Sony has come up with a simple guide to help you make sure your PS4 save data is safely transferred to your new PS5 console when the time comes.
Make sure your PlayStation 4 console is updated to the latest software and ensure you are signed in to the same PlayStation account that you plan to use on your PS5.
Connect your PlayStation 4 and your PlayStation 5 to the same network. If you are using Wi-Fi, you can reduce transfer times by connecting your two consoles together via an ethernet cable.
Once connected, follow the simple instructions on your PlayStation 5 console to “Prepare for Data Transfer”.
The process will happen in the background, so you can continue using your PlayStation 5 while your PlayStation 4 apps and data are being transferred.
You can use this method to transfer both your game files and your saved data.
Please note that the ability to transfer game saves between a PS4 version and a PS5 version of the same game is a developer decision, and will vary title by title for cross-generational games.
If you are a PlayStation Plus member, you can use the PS+ cloud to download your save data to your new console.
Sign into your PSN account on your PlayStation 5 and go to [Settings] > [Application Saved Data Management] > [Saved Data in Online Storage] > [Download to System Storage]
If you have a PS4 game on disc, just insert the disc into your PS5 and it will automatically install.
Games that are only playable on PS4 will be noted on PlayStation Store as playable on “PS4 only.” We have a list of games that are only playable on PS4, along with additional information on backward compatibility here.
Obviously you should make sure that you’ve transferred any of your PS4 games to an external hard drive before trading it in.
You can play PlayStation 4 games stored on an external hard drive by connecting it directly to your PlayStation 5 console. Sony recommends doing this to free up space on the limited internal hard drive for your PS5 games.
If you’ve purchased PS4 games via the PlayStation Store in the past, simply sign in to your PSN account and download your games from the store or your game library.
PlayStation 5 launches on November 12, 2020. We’ve had the opportunity to get hands-on with the new console over the last couple of weeks and you can check out everything we’ve had to say about it on our official PS5 launch hub right here.