PS4 backwards compatibility

While the gaming industry pushes forward with more daring and polished projects, some of us just want to enjoy the good old games that we played as kids. PlayStation consoles have been a huge part of a lot of people’s childhoods and it’s clear that many of them want to go back to those days and play some PS2 or PS3 games. But can the PS4 support any older games or has this piece of modern technology strived so much for perfection that it forgot about how important nostalgia is? Find out the answer in our article about PS4 backwards compatibility.

PS4 backwards compatibility with PS1 and PS2

There are currently no emulation or access to PS1 games on PS4 since emulating a technology this old would cost a whole lot and Sony understandably doesn’t want to make the investment.

PS2 was released way back in 2000 so you would imagine that it’s quite a simplistic console when compared to the modern PS4s and Xbox Ones. It is actually easy enough to emulate for PS4 that you can actually find a few of PS2 titles that can natively run on a PS4. However, this list isn’t updated that often and the existing list is pretty short, plus the PS2 games you may already own on a disc will not run on a PS4 since you have to buy the digital, emulated version from the PlayStation Store. Here is the short list of PS4 backwards compatible PS2 games (as of May 2017):

ADK Damashii
Alter Echo
Ape Escape 2
Ape Escape 3
Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits
Bully
Dark Chronicle
Dark Cloud
Destroy All Humans!
Destroy All Humans! 2
Eternal Ring
Fahrenheit
FantaVision
Fatal Fury Battle Archives: Volume 2
Fu’un Super Combo
Grand Theft Auto III
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition
Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland
Hot Shots Tennis
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
Jak II
Jak 3
Jak X: Combat Racing
Kinetica
The King of Fighters ’98: Ultimate Match
The King of Fighters 2000
Legaia 2: Duel Saga
Manhunt
The Mark of Kri
Max Payne
Metal Slug Anthology
MX vs. ATV Unleashed
MX vs. ATV Untamed
Okage: Shadow King
Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory
PaRappa the Rapper 2
Primal
Psychonauts
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
Red Dead Revolver
Red Faction
Red Faction II
Resident Evil – Code: Veronica X
Rise of the Kasai
Rogue Galaxy
Samurai Galaxy
Samurai Shodown VI
Siren
Splashdown: Rides Gone Wild
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time
Star Wars: Bounty Hunter
Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
Star Wars: Racer Revenge
Stuntman: Ignition
Summoner
Summoner 2
Twisted Metal: Black
War of the Monsters
The Warriors
Wild Arms 3

 

PS4 backwards compatibility with PS3

If Sony managed to emulate at least a few PS2 games on PS4, they would surely be able to the same with the newer PS3 right? Well, it’s not that simple since the PS4 was built upon an entirely different architecture to become more compatible with PC processor technologies. This is why making an emulator would cost way more money than what Sony is willing to cough up, so there is no native emulation for PS3 games on PS4.

However, the customer demand for some form of backwards compatibility fueled the creation of PlayStation Now, which is a subscription service that allows you to play a whole bunch of PS3 games on PS4 via a streaming service. With PlayStation Now, you basically play games on Sony’s servers and the control input, as well as the game footage output, is broadcast over the internet to your system. As opposed to the list of PS2 emulated games, the list of PS3 games accessible through PlayStation Now has new additions pretty much every month. The latest additions are posted in video form on PlayStation’s YouTube channel.

PS4 Backwards Compatibility - PlayStation Now

Here is the alphabetical list of the more popular games on PS Now as of May of 2017. NOTE that some of these games may disappear from PS Now because they need to be updated (Not looking for a specific game? Skip the list.):

 

A

Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers
Air Conflicts: Secret Wars
Air Conflicts: Vietnam
Alex Kidd in the Miracle World
Alien Rage
Alien Spidy
All Zombies Must Die!
Alone in the Dark: Inferno
Alpha Protocol
Altered Beast
Anarchy: Rush Hour
Anna- Extended Edition
Anomaly: Warzone Earth
Arcana Heart 3
Arcania: The Complete Tale
Armageddon Riders
Art of Fighting
Assassin’s Creed
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
Assassin’s Creed II
Assassin’s Creed III
Assassin’s Creed Revelations
Assassin’s Creed: Rogue
Asura’s Wrath
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist Of Dusk
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists Of The Dusk Sky
Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemists Of Arland
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists Of The Dusk Sea

 

B

Back To Bed
Back to the Future: Episode 1 – It’s About Time
Baseball Stars 2
Baseball Stars Professional
Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY
Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham Origins
Battle Fantasia
Battle Princess Of Arcadias
Battle vs Chess
Bejeweled 3
Ben 10: Omniverse
Ben 10: Omniverse 2
Bentley’s Hackpack
Beyond: Two Souls
Big Sky: Infinity
Bionic Commando Rearmed
Bionic Commando Rearmed 2
BioShock
BioShock 2
BioShock Infinite
Bit.Trip Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
Bladestrom: Nightmare
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend
Blazerush
Blood Knights
BloodRayne: Betrayal
Bodycount
Bomberman Ultra
Borderlands
Borderlands 2
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Bound by Flame
Braid

C

Capcom Arcade Cabinet: All-In-One Pack
Castlevania: Harmony Of Despair
Catherine
Cel Damage HD
Champion Jockey: G1 Jockey & Gallop Racer
Chime Super Deluxe
Choplifter HD
Comet Crash: Bionic Bundle
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
Contrast
Costume Quest 2
Counter Spy
Crash Commando
Crazy Taxi
Critter Crunch
Cuboid Ultimate Bundle

 

D

Damnation
Dark Mist
Dark Souls II
Dark Void
Darksiders
Darksiders II
Darkstalkers Resurrection
Daytona USA
de Blob 2
Dead Island
Dead Island: Riptide
Dead or Alive 5
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate
Dead Rising 2
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
Dead Space 3
Deadliest Warrior: Legends
Deadliest Warrior: The Game (No DLC)
Death Track: Resurrection
Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Devil May Cry 4
Devil May Cry HD Collection
Dirt 3
Dirt: Showdown
Disgaea 3: Absence Of Justice
Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten
Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness
Dogfight 1942
Doki-Doki Universe
Don Bradman Cricket 14
Double Dragon Neon
Duke Nukem Forever
Dragon’s Lair
Dragon’s Lair II: Time Warp
Dynasty Warriors 7
Dynasty Warriors 8
Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce

 

E

Earth Defense Force 2025
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard
Eat Them!
Echochrome
Elefunk
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Entwined
Eternal Sonata
Eufloria
Everybody’s Golf
Everyday Shooter

 

F

F.E.A.R. (Campaign Mode)
F1 2010
F1 2011
F1 2013
F1 2014
F1 Race Stars
Feary: Legends Of Avalon
Farming Simulator 2013
Farming Simulator 15
Fat Princess
Fighting Vipers
Final Exam
Final Fight: Double Impact
Flow
Flower
Frogger Returns
Fuel Overdose

 

G

Galaga Legions DX
Genji: Days Of The Blade
Go! Puzzle
God of War HD
God of War II HD
God of War III
God of War: Ascension
God of War: Chains of Olympus
God of War: Ghost of Sparta
Golden Axe
Gravity Crash
Greg Hastings Paintball 2
Grid 2
Grid Autosport
Grip Shift v2.0
Guacamelee!

 

H

Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi
Hamilton’s Great Adventure
Hamsterball Unleashed
Heavenly Sword
Heavy Fire: Afghanistan
Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear
Heavy Rain
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin HD
Hitman: Blood Money HD
Hitman: Contracts HD
Hohokum
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
House Of The Dead 4
How To Survive
Hunter’s Trophy 2: America
Hunter’s Trophy 2: Australia
Hustle Kings

 

I

Ico
Infamous
Infamous 2
Infamous 2: Festival of Blood
Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition
Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos
Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom

 

J

Jeopardy!
Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad
Jetpack Joyride Deluxe
Jimmie Johnson’s Anything with an Engine
Joe Danger 2: The Movie
Journey
Judge Dee: The City God Case
Jurrasic Park: The Game – Ep 1-4
Just Cause 2

 

K

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days
Katamari Forever
Killzone
Killzone 2
Killzone 3
Knytt Underground

 

L

Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West
League Bowling
Learning With The Pooyoos: Episode 1
Legasista
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
Lego Batman: The Videogame
Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4
Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7
Lemmings
Linger In Shadows
LocoRoco Cocoreccho
Lone Survivor
Lost Planet 2
Lost Planet 3
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
Lumines Supernova

 

M

Machinarium
Madagascar 3: The Video Game
Mafia 2
Magician Lord
Magic Orbz
Magrunner: Dark Pulse
Magus
Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom
Mamorukun Curse
Mars: War Logs
Mass Effect 2
Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond
Mega Man 10
Mega Man 9
Mercury Hg
Metal Slug
Metal Slug 2
Metro: Last Light
Mirror’s Edge
Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition
MotoGP 13
Motorcycle Club
MotorStorm: Apocalypse
Motorstorm RC
MouseCraft
MX vs. ATV: Alive
MX vs. ATV: Reflex
MX vs. ATV: Supercross
MX vs. ATV: Untamed
MXGP: The Official Motocross Videogame

 

N

NBA 2K14
NBA JAM: On Fire Edition
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Nights into Dreams
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge with Online Pass
Ninja Gaiden Sigma
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
Numblast

 

O

Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee HD
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD
Of Orcs and Men
Olliolli
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
Operation Flashpoint: Red River
Order Up!
Overlord II
Overlord: Raising Hell

 

P

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ Full Version
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation
Papo & Yo
Payday: The Heist
Pid
PixelJunk Eden
PixelJunk Monsters
PixelJunk Racers: 2nd Lap
PixelJunk Shooter
PixelJunk Shooter 2
PixelJunk Sidescroller
Piyotama
Planet Minigolf
Planets Under Attack
Poker Night 2
Port Royale 3: Gold
Proteus
Puppeteer
Pure Chess
Puzzle Agent

 

Q

Q*bert Rebooted

 

R

R-Type Dimensions
Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists Of Plastic
Ragnarok Odyssey Ace
Raiden IV: Overkill
Rain
Rainbow Moon
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty
Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One
Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault
Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus
Realms of Ancient War
Record of Agarest War
Record of Agarest War 2
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
Red Faction: Armageddon
Red Faction: Guerrilla
Red Johnson’s Chronicles
Renegade Ops
Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition
Resident Evil 6
Resident Evil Code: Veronica X
Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City
Resident Evil: Revalations
Resident Evil: Revalations 2
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles HD
Resistance 3
Retro City Rampage
Retro/Grade
Ricochet HD
Ride
Riff: Everyday Shooter
Rise of the Argonauts
Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game
Rocket Knight
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken
Rotastic
R-type Dimensions
Rune Factory: Oceans
Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny
Runner 2: A Flat Out Run Of The Rhythm Alien

 

S

Sacred Citadel
Saints Row 2
Saints Row IV
Saints Row: The Third
Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space – Ep 1
Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space – Ep 2
Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space – Ep 3
Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space – Ep 4
Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space – Ep 5
Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse- Ep 1
Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse- Ep 2
Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse- Ep 3
Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse- Ep 4
Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse- Ep 5
Samurai Shodown
Savage Moon
Sega Bass Fishing
Shadow of the Colossus
Shatter
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment
Shock Troopers
Sid Meier’s Civilization: Revolution
Silent Hill HD Collection
Siren: Blood Curse Episode 1-12
Skullgirls Encore
Sky Fighter
Skydive: Proximity Flight
Slender: The Arrival
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
Smash Cars
Snakeball
Sniper Elite V2
Sniper: Ghost Warrior
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2
Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype
Soldner-X: Himmelssturmer
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
Sonic Adventure 2
Sonic CD
Sonic Generations
Sonic the Fighters
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II
Sonic Unleashed
Sound Shapes
Space Ace
Sparkle 2
Spec Ops: the Line
Spelunky
Starhawk
Starwhal
Stealth Bastard Deluxe
Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark
Stick It to the Man!
Strider
Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People – Ep 1
Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People – Ep 2
Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People – Ep 3
Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People – Ep 4
Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People – Ep 5
Super Hang-on
Super Mega Baseball
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Super Sidekicks
Super Stardust HD
Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
Swarm
Syberia
Syberia 2
Söldner X2 – Final Prototype
Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer

T

Tales from Space: About a Blob
Tales From The Borderlands – Ep 1 & 2
Tales Of Monkey Island: Chapter 1-5
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
The Awakened Fate Ultimatum
The Book Of Unwritten Tales 2
The Cave
The Darkness
The Darkness 2
The Guided Fate Paradox
The House of the Dead 3
The House of the Dead 4
The House of the Dead Overkill: Extended Cut
The King of Fighters ’94
The King of Fighters XIII
The Last Guy
The Last of Us
The Last of Us: Left Behind
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II
The Lego Movie Videogame
The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief
The Sims 3
The Sly Collection
The Swapper
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season
The Walking Dead: Season Two Ep 1 & 2
The Witch And The Hundred Knight
The Wolf Among Us
Thomas Was Alone
Titan Attacks
Tokyo Jungle
Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters
Tomb Raider: Underworld
Tour De France 2015
Toy Home
Toybox Turbos
Trine
Truck Racer
Turbo: Super Stunt Squad
Twisted Metal
Two Worlds 2

 

U

Ultra Street Fighter 4
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
Urban Trial Freestyle

 

V

Velocity Ultra
Vessel
Virtua Fighter 2
Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown

 

W

Wakeboarding HD
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
Warhawk
Way of the Samurai 3
Wheel of Fortune
When Vikings Attack
White Knight Chronicles
White Knight Chronicles 2
WRC 4: FIA World Rally Championship
WRC 5
WWE 2k15

 

X

X-Blades
XBlaze Code: Embryo
XCOM: Enemy Within

 

Z

Zen Pinball 2: Classics
Zeno Clash II
Zombie Tycoon 2: Brainhov’s Revenge

 

 

PlayStation Now – Sony’s not so well received answer to PS4 backwards compatibility

PlayStation Now allows you to play PS3 games on your Windows PC as well as your PS4 (although you’ll still need a DualShock 3 or 4 controller) and save time on installing games since the games are streamed over the internet as opposed to being downloaded (like a YouTube video). Your progress will be saved on PlayStation’s servers, so if you decide to abandon the service for a while, your saved games and trophies will not disappear. To start off, PlayStation gives a 7-day free trial of the PlayStation Now service, letting you decide whether it’s worth your money or not.

PlayStation Now PS4 Backwards Compatibility Service

No need to download games and the ability to play them on different devices is nice and all, but where’s the catch? Well, the $20 per month subscription fee (most expensive 1-month subscription) is one, alongside the need to rent games to play them (many games are free with just the subscription, but not all). Many have compared the payment system to Netflix. Needless to say, a good gaming experience with such service requires a decent internet connection – at least 5 Mbps with Sony advising a wired connection for that speed to be constant. As of August 7th, 2017, the service will no longer be available on PS3 itself, with a bunch of Sony TVs leaving the roster of devices supporting PS Now as well.

The bad reception of PlayStation Now among gamers who enjoy classical titles is also to a degree fueled by the early promises of full PS4 backwards compatibility with PS1, PS2 and PS3 games that they may already own. Instead, they got a subscription service with a rental service underneath, containing only PS3 titles, with the previously mentioned short list of emulated PS2 games being underwhelming, to say the least. The huge amount of fan-favorite classic PS titles being denied from PS4 owners is frustrating, especially with Xbox One backwards compatibility providing almost full emulation of their earlier console games. Sony could have invested into making the complex emulator for PS3 to be more customer-friendly, but instead, they made a costly service for their most hardcore fans who understandably expected more.

There is a short PlayStation Now FAQ list on PlayStation’s website, so check that out for some more specific questions.

 

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