Does the PS5 support cross-play with the PS4? Can you play with PS4 users? Cross-play games confirmed for PS5 and PS4

If you’re wondering whether you can play with your PS4 friends now the PS5 has released, here’s what we know.

by Oliver Barsby
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It doesn’t seem that long ago since Sony refused to offer any cross-play on their consoles, closing themselves off from the likes of Xbox and Nintendo.

The company has since eased their anti-crossplay stance, and PS4 players can now play Warzone, Fortnite and PUBG with Xbox and PC players.

However, as the next-gen of consoles threatens to divide the gaming community even further, those with no intentions of upgrading to the PS5 yet are asking a question. Can we still play with our friends on the PS5?

This is exactly the kind of question you make be asking, now that the PlayStation 5 is finally out! If you haven’t already secured a console, you can click here to see the official Amazon product page for the Standard Edition console, or here for the Digital Edition console, but be warned, as they might be out of stock!

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And you can keep reading for all the hottest PS5 news, especially when it comes to crossplay with PS4….

Does the PS5 support cross-play with the PS4?

A while back, in an interview with CNET, Sony’s Jim Ryan emphasised the company’s commitment to “cross-generational play” and a seamless transition from the PS4 to PS5.

“It won’t be a binary choice about whether you have to be either on PlayStation 4 or next-gen to continue your friendship,” stated the recently promoted CEO.

More recently, Sony released a lengthy FAQ page about the PS5. One of the questions asked in the document is, “If I’m playing a PS4 game, can I play with my friend who is playing the PS5 version of that game, or vice-versa?”

Sony’s answer to that question looks like this: “It is possible to play together depending on the game, though support must be provided by the game’s developer.”

So yes, there will be cross-play between PS4 and PS5, but game developers will have the power to enable or disable this feature, in their games, as they see fit.

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Which games have confirmed cross-play?

Destiny 2’s developers, Bungie, confirmed in a live stream that their players can upgrade from PS4 to PS5 for no extra costs. They also announced their intentions to support cross-play between the two consoles.

Fortnite, Epic’s iconic Battle Royale, is slowly becoming the Skyrim of this generation with the number of platforms it is available on. Epic has already announced their intentions to move the game over to Xbox Series X and PS5 for launch.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will also support cross-play with PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Xbox Series X users, as will Call of Duty: Warzone, the Battle Royale title that will likely undergo some signicant changes in the next few months.

Aside from these titles, many other titles will also support cross-play, including: Marvel’s Avengers, No Man’s Sky, Apex Legends, Borderlands 3 Minecraft, Rocket League, PUBG and Rainbow Six Siege.

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Does save progression carry over from PS4 to PS5

Now this is a tricky one. If you’ve invested hours into a game, only to discover all your work, loot, and statistics will disappear on the next-gen consoles, you might be less inclined to play those games on the PS5.

Luckily, many of these titles such as Fortnite, Call of Duty, Minecraft, No Man’s Sky, and Rocket League support cross-save progression, although Apex Legends, PUBG and Borderlands 3 apparently do not.

However, this could all change as we go further into the generation, with developers making U-Turns if backlash from fans is strong enough. Indeed, Insomniac now allows saves from Spider-Man PS4 to carry over onto the PlayStation 5’s Remastered version, following criticism from fans.

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Oliver Barsby