The backwards compatibility of the PlayStation 5 is fairly spectacular. Fireplace up the console, check in to your PlayStation Community account, and navigate to the Library display, and you’ll see and simply obtain nearly each PS4 recreation you personal in a digital format. However the person interface will get somewhat extra complicated once you’re attempting to obtain a recreation that is obtainable with each a PS4 and a PS5 version–and it is truly fairly annoying.
In the event you’ve obtained a recreation like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales that is obtainable on each consoles, you possibly can select which model you wish to obtain. For some cause, although, the PS5 constantly defaults to downloading PS4 variations of cross-generation video games once they seem in your library. It is one thing that appears prone to get a patch, as a result of there’s an excellent probability that in case you’re not cautious, you may find yourself taking part in the last-gen model of among the greatest next-gen video games on the console proper now.
Spotlight a cross-gen recreation within the Library tab and you may virtually at all times see the PS4 model, and never the PS5 model, at first glance–although this reality shouldn’t be made clear in any respect. You must hit the button with the three dots that seems when you choose a recreation with the intention to pull up a menu the place you possibly can select between and obtain every model. But it surely’s in no way apparent that that is the place you must go to search for that info, and you’ll’t inform which model you might have chosen till you open that menu. Numerous occasions, in case you simply hit “Obtain” on a recreation, you may be taught solely later that you simply put in the improper version–and then it’s a must to delete it and begin the proper obtain over again.
The interface has points even after you obtain video games, although. On the PS5’s residence display, you may see the previous few video games and apps you interacted with unfold throughout the display. Repeatedly throughout pre-release testing, we had PS5 video games that we might already performed swap over to PS4 variations on the house display. That signifies that, the following time you go to pick out a recreation that has converted, you are prompted to start out a obtain of the PS4 model slightly than simply begin taking part in the PS5 model. It looks as if this concern may be tied to the video games getting automated updates, however once more, in case you’re shifting shortly by means of the UI, you can begin a obtain by chance that you simply then must cope with deleting. In case you have each variations of a recreation put in, it’s totally straightforward to start out the improper one and never understand it.
It is attainable to change between variations of a cross-gen recreation with the Choices button from the house display menu, however frankly, it is a bizarre ache to count on to launch a recreation and by chance begin a obtain. It is also only a unusual quirk that the PS5 appears to favor last-gen variations of video games over the present ones. And it is attainable to see how by chance downloading the improper variations of video games may very well be troublesome to individuals who have information caps on their web service or are hurting for area on the PS5’s inner solid-state laborious drive, the place PS5 video games should be put in with the intention to run.
So PSA: Double-check your PS5 video games earlier than you begin that obtain and be sure to’re getting the suitable model. It is fully attainable to obtain and hearth up the improper model of a recreation on Sony’s new console and miss out on all the advantages of its elevated energy. And hopefully someday sooner or later, this might be one thing PS5 homeowners will not must double-check each time they go to obtain or play a recreation.