If you wish to play PS4 games on your Sony PS5, there are a few options for transferring your save files.
The PlayStation 5 boasts some fantastic launch games, but there are also many PS4 games that will perform better than ever on the new hardware. If you are in the middle of PS4 or PS4 Pro, you’ll need to transfer your save to the new console before you can play it on a PS5.
Sony provides a few options for transferring data from one system to another. In fact, the PS5 will ask you to do so during the setup process. However, if you skipped this step at the time, you can restart the procedure from the console’s settings. Here are your choices.
Wi-Fi/Ethernet Game Transfer And File Saving
Connecting both consoles to your router is the simplest and most adaptable approach to transfer both game and save data if you have a couple Ethernet connections on hand. This method, you may copy the game files as well as all of your saves, saving you from having to re-download them from the internet.
Instead of utilising an Ethernet wire, you can connect both consoles to the same Wi-Fi network. This, however, will be significantly slower than utilising wires. If you don’t have a TV near your router, a computer monitor will suffice; otherwise, you’ll need some long Ethernet connections or long HDMI cables.
To transfer your data, turn on your PS4 system and ensure that it is running the most recent version of the PlayStation software. Navigate to Settings > System Software Update and select Upgrade Now from the main menu.
Then, using an Ethernet cable, connect each console to your router. Make sure your PS5 is logged in using the same PlayStation Network account as your PS4, then go to Settings > System > System Software and select Data Transfer. Follow the on-screen directions to migrate everything—you’ll choose which game saves to migrate, which sets of game files to migrate, and any other programmes you want to migrate.
When you’re ready to begin the transfer, you’ll be invited to restart both systems by pressing the power button on your PS4.
There is one major caveat here: on the wizard’s final screen, you will notice an expected transfer time. This wait time only pertains to game saves, not the entire transfer. If you’re migrating entire game files, they’ll migrate in the background once your PS5 is turned on, which will take some time. While this is happening, your PS4 will display the “Transferring” window. Be prepared to wait, especially if you’re using Wi-Fi—we’re talking hours or even a day if you’re transferring a large number of games.
Finally, keep in mind that if you have an external drive attached to your PS4, the data will not migrate to your PS5. You may, however, put that drive immediately into your PS5 to resume where you left off in those games without having to wait. You won’t receive the faster loading times offered from the PS5’s super-fast SSD, but that’s probably fine because you don’t want to waste valuable drive space on outdated games, because PS5 titles must be installed on the internal SSD.
Use a USB Drive To Transfer Game Saves
If the network transfer fails, or if you need to transfer save data from a PS4 in someone else’s residence, you can backup your PS4 game saves to a USB flash drive. Start your PS4, insert the flash drive, and navigate to Settings > Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data in System Storage > Copy to USB Storage Device. Choose the game saves you want to copy over and repeat for any other games on your system.
When you’re finished, insert the flash drive into your PS5 and navigate to Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings > Saved Data (PS4) > USB Drive. Select Copy to Console Storage and then select the game saves to migrate. If you press the Copy button, things should move rather fast to your console storage, allowing you to pick up right where you left off (if you’ve loaded the game, of course).
Download PlayStation Plus Game Saves
Sony’s PlayStation Plus subscription is largely designed to provide you with new titles to play each month (and if you have a PS5, you get access to the PlayStation Plus Collection, making it a pretty good deal). However, PS Plus has several cloud backup features that regular PS4 players do not have, so if you have PS Plus, you can download those game saves from your existing cloud storage.
Go to Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings > Saved Data (PS4) > Cloud Storage on your PS5 and select Download to Console Storage. You should be able to choose which game saves to download. If you don’t see the games you want, you’ll have to upload the data from your old console. On the PS4, go to Settings > Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data in System Storage > Upload to Online Storage. Return to your PS5’s Cloud Storage page and try downloading the data again.