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Can You Play Zelda on PS5?

tears of the kingdom

The short answer to the query is a big no. You cannot play Zelda on PS5 or any other PS console. This is an exclusive game for Nintendo Consoles only.

Zelda has long been one of the flagship games of the Nintendo console. It has given countless adventure and RPG experiences to its gamers and with the newer Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom, its popularity has catapulted.

Given the vast RPG experiences of the Zelda games, many PS5 games are left to ask “Can you play Zelda on PS5?”. Unfortunately, that is simply not possible.

And I will explain the reasons below.

The Zelda Series

Zelda is an experience unlike any other as those who have played Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom would certainly vouch for their expansive game design.

However, Zelda isn’t a new game series. It has long been one of the flagship series from Nintendo. The first Zelda game was released all the way back in 1986 and it has only evolved ever since culminating in what it is now – an open expansive RPG experience.

Can You Play Zelda on PS5?

Unfortunately, no. You cannot play any of the Zelda games on PS5. This is due to the exclusivity it holds with Nintendo.

The Curse of Exclusivity

Exclusivity is a curse that has long haunted gamers. It is the concept where certain games are ONLY released on their parent consoles and not on their rival consoles DESPITE there being a demand.

All gaming console brands have their exclusive titles. Xbox has, among others, Halo as an exclusive series; PlayStation has Metal Gear, Horizon series, etc, and Nintendo has Mario and Zelda series (among others).

While exclusivity does make sense from a business point of view – it encourages gamers to buy a certain gaming console to play their game, it is a curse for gamers who want to play the best titles from all consoles without having to invest in multiple different consoles.

But that is simply how things have been since the inception of gaming consoles and it is unlikely that it is going to change.

Hence, the point I am trying to make here is that Zelda was NEVER on the PlayStation console, and given the trend, it will never come to PlayStation due to the rivalry between the two console brands.

Also Read: Can You Play With PS4 Players on PS5?

Game Likes Zelda on PS5?

So while you cannot indulge yourself in the soulful and light-hearted expansive adventure of Zelda on PS5, there are a few games that you can try instead:

Horizon Forbidden West is obviously the definitive pick here.

Horizon Forbidden West
Source: Horizon Forbidden West

Horizon series is an exclusive series to PlayStation it is one of the most groundbreaking in graphics and world design.

While this isn’t a game where you’ll need to save a queen, for those looking for a narrative-based RPG game, this should be on top of your list.

Witcher 3 wild hunt

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is another title that should tickle your fancy.

For those who prefer having a game with a more serious undertone, The Witcher 3 is a game to experience. I must point out there that the game has won several accolades too.

Other games you can try out include:

  • Tunic
  • Outer Wilds
  • Kena: Bridge Of Spirits
  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
  • Tales Of Arise

Final Words

So the short and simple answer to the question “Can you play Zelda on PS5?” is no, you cannot. Not now, not ever.

Zelda is an exclusive title to Nintendo and it will probably never come to PlayStation or any other gaming consol.

If a game like Zelda DOES interest, there are so many amazing RPG and Adventure RPGs that you can try out on PS5 instead.

Also Read: Can You Play RDR1 on PS5?

Atif Qazi

Atif Qazi is the founder of 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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