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Added 12th January 2021


What's this all about?

Backwards-compatible.com has been designed as an easy means of finding Playstation 4 games that are compatible with Playstation 5, and most crucially providing data on their performance on the console.

While most Playstation 4 games work on the PS5, there's little information available in terms of their performance in comparison with both the Playstation 4 and Playstation 4 Pro, in many cases leaving it up to gamers to test games for improvements or issues.

Sony has marked digital games on Playstation Store that are not compatible with the PS5 as 'Playable on: PS4 only', as well as ones that may exhibit errors. There's a handy list here at Pushsquare.com.

Games which received PS4 Pro visual upgrades in most cases see the same performance improvements on PS5, however there are additional potential benefits such as locked 60 FPS.

Certain games will no doubt receive performance improvements in the future, but this isn't guaranteed. Others require workarounds to improve performance such as reverting back to an unpatched version of a game to remove the frame rate cap.

Credits

All credit for performance information goes to Liabe Brave at Resetera for the amazing data he's assembled, as well as the posters there who have been tirelessly trawling through their back catalogue of PS4 games and uploading the results to Youtube.

My work was simply structuring the data into a browsable site as a fun side project.

Contribute

The site currently holds covers a very small proportion of the PS4 back catalogue which according to Wikipedia stands at 3125 games. I'll add a link if anyone would like to become a contributor shortly.

If you've spotted an error, you can submit an update from a game page. You can also add a Youtube video link to the game page and it will be added once reviewed.

What I'm working on

Here's a short list of tasks I'll be working on when time permits:

  • Adding publisher, developer, genre and release date information to all games
  • Adding new games as and when data becomes available
  • Adding a very basic user function to track games, 'wishlist' games for a patch and add them to your collection