We all know how one PSN account can share its entire library and PS Plus subscription bonuses with another account (on the same console). But what about game sharing across console generations? Can games be shared between a PS5 and a PS4? Let’s find out!
Yes, you can share games between a PS4 and PS5. The PS5 can play all of the games that are being shared from a PS4’s library. But, a PS4 CANNOT play any PS5 titles that are being shared from a PS5’s library due to it being hardware limited.
Let’s take a more in-depth look at how game sharing works between the different PlayStation generations and what are the caveats.
Game Sharing Between PS5 & PS4
Game sharing is a lot more hassle-free than you’d expect. It works both ways for the most part. The only major caveat you need to be aware of is the fact that you cannot play PS5 titles on the PS4 even if the account is shared with you.
To share games between a PS5 and a PS4 (or vice versa), follow these steps:
- Log in with the sharer’s PSN ID into your console.
- Go to Settings
- Scroll down to the Others tab.
- There, Enable Console Sharing and Offline Play.
- Once done, you’ll be able to download any games that person has in their library and play them from your own PSN account.
Since we know that PS4 and PS5 don’t have region locked games, this can save you tons of money if you are sharing games with a friend.
The DLCs however, are region locked! You’ll both need to be in the same region to share and play the DLC. Otherwise, only the person who bought the DLC will be able to play it.
And that’s how you can share games between a PS5 & PS4 (and, vice versa). We’ve been covering a lot of PS5-related FAQs on our site, so, feel free to check them out if you are confused about anything.