Since the PlayStation 5 features backward compatibility, you can enjoy the PS4 version of Hogwarts Legacy on a PS5.
Hogwarts Legacy is an action role-playing game, in which you can control a student at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
You are tasked with uncovering an ancient threat while attending classes, completing quests, and exploring an open world.
Numerous players have questioned whether the PlayStation 4 version of the game can be played on a PlayStation 5.
Hogwarts Legacy release dates
Hogwarts Legacy’s development started in 2018, and it was officially announced in 2020. Unfortunately, the game was subject to delays, first to 2022 and later, to its official release date, which is 10 February 2023.
Although the game’s official release date was in February 2023, it was only initially released for PlayStation 5, Windows, and Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.
However, it is now scheduled for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch later in 2023.
People who want to enjoy Hogwarts Legacy on older consoles were not happy that the game is only set for release for a later date. However, you can pre-order the game to ensure that you have access to it once it releases.
Can Hogwarts Legacy PS4 be played on PS5?
Since its official release, many players have questioned whether they can play the PS4 version of Hogwarts Legacy on a PS5.
Based on the release dates, the PS5 version of the game was released in February 2023, while the PS4 version is only set for release in July 2023.
This means that players who have a PS4 and a PS5 are likely to play the game on their PS5.
However, if you have a PS4 and you play the game on it, but you decide to upgrade to a PS5 later on, it is unclear whether you will be able to enjoy the PS4 version of Hogwarts Legacy on a PS5 or not.
That being said, the PS5 has backwards compatibility, which means that you can download games that you have purchased from the PlayStation Store on a PS4 and play them on a PS5. You can also + insert physician PS4 discs into a PS5 to play them on a next-gen console.
Keep in mind that you will not be able to use any physical media on the PS5 Digital Edition as it does not have a disc drive.
While the vast majority of PS4 games work flawlessly on PS5, there are a few exceptions. There is a possibility that Hogwarts Legacy will be one of these expectations, which means that you will not be able to play the PS4 version of the game on PS5.
However, this is yet to be confirmed, as the PS4 version of the game will only be released in July 2023.
Are there differences between the PS4 and PS5 version of Hogwarts Legacy?
It is worth noting that there are not many differences between the PS4 and PS5. The consoles provide players with the same visual settings, game stories, and quest chains.
Moreover, pre-ordering the game on PS4 and PS5 will reward you with the same bundle, which comprises the Felix Felicis Potion recipe and The Haunted Hogsmeade Shop quest.
The only known difference between the PS4 version and the PS5 version is the release date and price variations. The price for PS5’s Hogwarts Legacy is approximately $69.99 for the normal version, while it is $59.99 on PS4.
Hogwarts Legacy PS5 features
The PS5 version of Hogwarts Legacy has a few unique features, but the features have nothing to do with actual gameplay. Allegedly, the game’s developer, Avalanche Software, now endeavours to make full use of the PS5 DualSense Controller.
It was announced in a PlayStation Blog post that the DualSense’s adaptive triggers allow for more flexibility in combat as players have several spells at their disposal. This implies that pushing in the trigger at varying rates could cast different attacks.
The lights on the controller will flash with each spell being cast or when your character receives damage. Moreover, your controller will glow in your house colours when you are in a relaxed environment.
Is there console-exclusive content in Hogwarts Legacy?
The Haunted Hogsmeade Shop Quest, which is a mystery-adventure that involves the Hogsmeade shopkeeper, Madam Mason, is only available for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game.
Players who complete the quest and associated dungeon will get exclusive access to their own shop in Hogsmeade. At this shop, you can sell items and gear at better rates than anywhere else in the game.
If you are playing the PS4 version of the game on PS5, you can still complete the quest and receive access to the shop.