How You Can Play PS4 Disc Games On PS5

When you start considering buying a PS5, one of the major questions you want an answer to is whether you can play PS4 disc games on PS5 or not, especially if you consider buying the PS5 digital edition not the disc edition.

PS5 disc editional can flawlessly run PS4 discs

You might know already that it’s possible to play PS4 digital games on PS5 as long as they are compatible with the PS5 system, as some PS4 games won’t work at all on PS5 and some would with errors. But what about playing PS4 Disc games on PS5? Is that possible or not?

The quick answer is: YES it’s possible as long as you’re going to use the PS5 disc edition, but if you want to play PS4 disc games on the PS5 digital edition, we’re afraid that’s not possible. Why? Let’s better explain it.

Why Can’t You Play PS4 Disc Games on PS5 Digital Edition

PS5 digital edition can't run PS4 discs
In order to play any PS4 game on PS5, you need to prove your ownership of that game. In the case of PS4 disc games, there is no way to prove your ownership of that game so you can download the digital version of that game and install it on your PS5 or play it from an external HDD (i.e. no “cd key” or any serial number that can help).

Therefore, if you have many PS4 disc games, there’s no other solution to play them on PS5 unless you buy the PS5 disc edition. With the PS5 disc edition, you can play both disc and digital PS4 games. Otherwise, the PS5 digital edition will only help you play PS4 digital games that are installed on the PS5 internal storage or on an external hard drive.

What PS4 Disc Games That You Can’t Play On PS5

Even if you own a PS5 disc edition, you have to be aware that a few PS4 disc games won’t work on PS5 at all, which are:

  • Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma Volume One
  • Hitman Go: Definitive Edition
  • Just Deal With It!
  • Robinson: The Journey
  • Shadwen
  • We Sing

It’s only possible to play these PS4 disc games on PS5 if the designers decide to release Update patches that make their games PS5-compatible, otherwise, there’s no solution.

PS4 Disc Games That Run On PS5 With Errors

This section contains a long list of PS4 disc games that you can play on PS5 but with some errors. When playing any of these PS4 disc games on PS5, they may exhibit errors, your PS5 may freeze or the game itself may show unexpected behavior. Additionally, some features available on PS4 may be absent on PS5 when playing these games.

Here’s a full list of the PS4 disc games that you can play on PS5 but with some minor errors:

  • A Summer with the Shiba Inu
  • Active Soccer 2 DX
  • American Ninja Warrior: Challenge
  • Anomaly 2
  • APB Reloaded
  • Ape Escape 2
  • Arcade Land
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Trilogy Pack
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Assetto Corsa
  • Assetto Corsa Ultimate Edition
  • Atrapa La Bandera
  • Batman: Return to Arkham – Arkham City
  • Battlezone
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • Chicken Police
  • Clan N
  • Close to the Sun
  • Crossout
  • Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade
  • Daylight
  • Dead Island Retro Revenge
  • Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition
  • Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Fortune
  • Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Fortune Free-to-Play Version
  • Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Scarlet
  • Deliver Us The Moon
  • Dino Frontier
  • Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King
  • Doki-Doki Universe
  • Dungeon Rushers
  • DYNASTY WARRIORS 8 Empires Free Alliances Version
  • DYNASTY WARRIORS 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition
  • Entwined
  • EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone
  • Everybody’s Golf
  • Feral Fury
  • Filthy Lucre
  • Flinthook
  • Frisky Business
  • Game of Thrones
  • Gensokyo Defenders
  • Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered
  • GRIP
  • Hardware: Rivals
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition
  • Kickbeat Special Edition
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
  • Left Alive
  • Let’s Sing 10
  • Let’s Sing 2018
  • Lightfield
  • LittleBigPlanet 3
  • Mafia III The Complete Edition
  • Mafia III: Definitive Edition
  • Manhunt
  • Metal Slug Anthology
  • MLB 14 The Show
  • MLB 15 The Show
  • MLB The Show 16
  • MLB The Show 17
  • MLB The Show 18
  • MLB The Show 19
  • NBA 2K19
  • NBA 2K20
  • Need for Speed
  • NHL 19
  • Nobunaga’s Ambition Souzou
  • Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence
  • OKAGE: Shadow King
  • Onigiri
  • Operation Warcade
  • Paddle Vs. Paddle
  • Pinball Arcade
  • PixARK
  • PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate
  • Prey
  • Primal
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2018
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 LITE
  • Project CARS
  • Project CARS GOTY Edition
  • Pure Hold’em
  • Pure Hold’em – World Poker Championship
  • Pure Pool
  • Realm Royale
  • RIGS Mechanized Combat League
  • RISK
  • Roundabout
  • Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul
  • Sea of Solitude
  • Season Match 2 HD
  • Season Match 3 Curse of the Witch Crow
  • Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal
  • Senran Kagura Estival Versus
  • Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash
  • Shuttle Commander
  • Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
  • Space Junkies
  • Star Ocean Second Evolution
  • Star Ocean: Till The End Of Time
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew
  • Super Kids Racing
  • Super Stardust Ultra
  • Super Stardust Ultra VR
  • Survive Said The Prophet VR Experience
  • Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan
  • Tennis World Tour
  • The Golf Club 2019
  • The King of Fighters 2000
  • The Surge
  • The Tomorrow Children
  • The Walking Dead: Season 1
  • The Warriors
  • Tooth and Tail
  • True Fear: Forsaken Souls Part 2
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
  • Valhalla Hills
  • Velocity 2X
  • Werewolves Within
  • WRC 8 FIA World Rally Championship
  • Zero Escape: The Nonary Games

Hopefully, in the near future, these PS4 games’ designers will release Update patches to fix the errors they generate on the PS5 system.

How to Play PS4 Disc Games On PS5

PS5 Disc Edition can play PS4 disc games
So, now it’s time to learn how to play PS4 disc games on PS5, assuming that you own a PS5 disc edition.

The process is simple and it’s just exactly the same as you play these disc games on your PS4. Just insert your disc, install the game on your console’s system storage and start playing it after installation is complete while the disc is kept in the disc driver.


By now and after reading this article you should have already come to a conclusion that buying the PS5 disc edition is inevitable if you have many PS4 disc games that you can’t dispense with. You can still play these games on the PS5 digital edition only if you buy the digital copy of these games, which means additional costs for no valid reason.

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