Warning to all PlayStation players: it is unwise to put a PlayStation 5 disc into a PlayStation 4, as there is a good chance it will get stuck.
An experiment to see if a PlayStaion 5 game disc could be read by PlayStation 4 has not ended well. As a result, gamers with both systems are being warned not to try this at home as it will likely end in the same way or potentially worse.
The backwards compatibility capabilities of the PlayStation 5 have been a major selling point for Sony’s newest console. Many older PlayStation 4 games are playable on the next-gen console with some receiving load time and graphical improvements thanks to the better hardware. However, all the talk of backwards compatibility has created a little confusion when it comes to newer games that will be released on both console generations. On the surface, a PS4 version of a new release like Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is the same as a PS5 version, but that is not the case from a technical perspective.
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PSU received some PlayStation 5 games ahead of a console, as the PS5 does not come out until November 19 in Europe (where PSU is based). In an experiment to test the upgrades between console generations, a PS5 copy of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales was inserted into a PlayStation 4. The hope was Sony’s last generation console would be able to read the disc and grant access to the PS4 version of the game. That, however, did not work. The disc for Miles Morales got stuck in the PlayStation 4, as the system kept attempting to read it and failing. As a consequence, the eject button did not function properly and the disc was briefly trapped.
Luckily, the PS4 has a manual eject screw on the bottom of the console, which can be used to eject ornery discs (or disc-shaped objects) lodged in the disc drive. Having to use it is never a preferable option, however, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if PS5 discs stuck in an infinite read loop inside of a PS4 like PSU‘s could easily result in a damaged disc.
At first glance, this experiment may seem bizarre to attempt in the first place as it is pretty common knowledge that games made for newer consoles do not work on older ones even in the same console line. However, with all the hype surrounding the PS5’s capability to play PS4 games as well as its ability to use save files from the previous generation, the experiment seems somewhat logical. The game will ultimately be the same no matter which generation a player chooses to experience it on. However the old laws of gaming still apply for physical copies and should be strictly followed to prevent damage to discs and systems alike. To echo the sentiments of PSU: it is not wise to put your physical PlayStation 5 discs into your PlayStation 4, even if the game has a PS4 version.
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The PlayStation 5 is available now in select countries and will launch globally on November 19, 2020.
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