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Can You Play All God of War Games on PS5?

God of War is one of the most remarkable gaming series to have ever come out. This is a gaming title that commands respect in all corners of the gaming sphere.

Due to the crazy fan following this series has, those migrating to the newer generation of PlayStation console often ask “Can You Play All God of War Games on PS5?”

The short and simple answer is yes. You CAN play all God of War Games on PS5. HOWEVER, some titles are readily compatible with PS5, while others would require you to get a PS Now subscription due to the nature of the backward compatibility of PS5.

In the following article, I will shed more light on the compatibility of God of War Games on PS5 specifically and also touch base on how backward compatibility works on PS5 in general.

PS5 and Its Backward Compatibility

Backward compatibility is an essential feature for gamers who wish to relive the adventures of their past favorite games.

In the vast majority of instances, newer gaming consoles are fully compatible with the games released on the older-gen consoles.

Unfortunately, with PS5 things are a bit complicated.

PS5 is ONLY fully compatible with PS4 games. This means that if you were to insert a PS4 disc in a PS5, it will work from the get-go.

Here is the official statement.

The PlayStation┬«5 console is backward compatible with the overwhelming majority of PlayStation┬«4 games. – PlayStation.com

As far as the PS3 and the older consoles go, PS5 does NOT support any games released on these platforms.

Here is the official statement on older consoles:

PS5 consoles do not support PlayStation®3 discs. PlayStation.com

This has obvious ramifications for the question at hand.

The God of War disc-based games released for PS3 and older generation of consoles (unless remastered for PS4 or PS5) will NOT readily work on PS5.

Can You Play All God of War Games on PS5?

The short and simple answer to the question “Can you play all God of War games on PS5?” is a yes.

However, there are two important considerations to remember here, particularly in relation to backward compatibility:

1. Disc-Based God of War Game Compatibility with PS5

Can You Play All God of War Games on PS5
Games released before God of War 3 Remastered will NOT be supported on PS5 in disc form.

As far as disc-based support on PS5 goes, you can play the following titles:

  • God of War Ragnarok (2022)
  • God of War (2018)
  • God of War III Remastered

It is worth pointing out there that God of War III was originally released for PS3 but was remastered for PS4.

If you have the original God of War III disc, it will NOT work on PS5. You will need to have God of War III Remastered in order for the disc-based game to work.

2. PS Now Subscription for the Rest of the God of War Games

For the rest of the God of War games including:

    • God of War: Ascension (2013)
    • God of War: Chain of Olympus (2008)
    • God of War II (2007)
  • God of War (2005)

You will need to have a PS Now subscription.

PS Now is a service that you need to pay for monthly, but it opens a vast repository of PlayStation games that you can stream or download.

It is, essentially, PlayStation’s version of cloud gaming.

You can play old and unsupported titles from the PS3 and PS2 generations on PS5 using this service.

Final Words

TL;DR, yes, you CAN play all God of War Games on PS5. However, some can be played directly through the disc, others would require you to get a PS Now subscription.

Also Read: Can You Play League of Legends on PS5?

Atif Qazi

Atif Qazi is the founder of GamingConsole101.com and a huge gaming nerd. Thanks to the vast gaming experience under his belt, you can often find him writing detailed pieces of content on gaming hardware and console. But in all honesty, nothing gives him more pleasure than 'one-shotting' everyone as a stealth archer in ESO: Skyrim.

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