The backwards compatibility of the PlayStation 5 is pretty impressive. Fire up the console, sign in to your PlayStation Network account, and navigate to the Library screen, and you can see and easily download just about every PS4 game you own in a digital format. But the user interface gets a little more confusing when you’re trying to download a game that’s available with both a PS4 and a PS5 version–and it’s actually pretty annoying.
If you’ve got a game like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales that’s available on both consoles, you can choose which version you want to download. For some reason, though, the PS5 consistently defaults to downloading PS4 versions of cross-generation games when they appear in your library. It’s something that seems likely to get a patch, because there’s a very good chance that if you’re not careful, you might end up playing the last-gen version of some of the biggest next-gen games on the console right now.
Highlight a cross-gen game in the Library tab and you’ll almost always see the PS4 version, and not the PS5 version, at first glance–although this fact is not made clear at all. You have to hit the button with the three dots that appears when you select a game in order to pull up a menu where you can choose between and download each version. But it’s not at all obvious that this is where you need to go to look for that information, and you can’t tell which version you have selected until you open that menu. A lot of times, if you just hit “Download” on a game, you’ll learn only later that you installed the wrong version–and then you have to delete it and start the correct download all over again.