If you’re upgrading your setup, you’ll need to transfer your PS4 save data to the PS5, which can be a very stressful process for a gamer. While the PS4 is a great all-rounder, offering an impressive catalog of AAA games at a reasonable price, there’s no denying that the PS5 has dressed impressively.
And while you can transfer PS4 save data to PS5, there are a few things worth being aware of. Some of the best new-gen copies of PS4 games won’t let you transfer your data to the PS5, which is unfortunate. There’s also a lot of jumping around that will happen if you don’t have a PlayStation Plus, so we recommend you subscribe to that as trust us, it will make things a lot easier.
There’s another snag as well – if you bought a game on disc and went to sell it, you’ll likely need to buy it back or purchase a digital copy as a number of PS5 games require you to run your existing PS4 copy first and manually download/upload the save file. An example of this is Marvel’s Spider-Man, which needs the disk itself to perform the transfer migration.
How to transfer PS4 save data to PS5
Another issue is that unlike the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, the PS5 will likely ask you to start from scratch when you launch a game for the first time. This is because it does not have the ability to automatically pull your saved data from the cloud. Fortunately, Sony has sorted out many of the issues users initially encountered trying to transfer PS4 save data to PS5, so now it’s an easier process.
If you want to pick up where you left off on PS4, maybe finally complete Bloodborne or get the Platinum Trophy in Horizon: Zero Dawn, here’s how to transfer your PS4 save data to PS5. Oh, and if you’re looking for a new adventure, be sure to check out our guide to the best PS5 games.
Option 1: Use data transfer during setup
If you want to transfer PS4 save data to PS5, this is your first choice. Update to the latest system update on your PS4 so it’s ready to transfer data, and sign in to the same user account you plan to use on your PS5.
Connect your PS4 to the same Wi-Fi network as your PS5, and connect the two consoles via an ethernet cable to speed up the transfer. Follow the onscreen instructions and your apps, games and saves will move from PS4 to PS5. You can even continue to use your PS5 while this process is happening.
Option 2: Download PS4 and save data from PS Plus cloud storage
If you’re a PS Plus member, your PS4 save data will likely be automatically uploaded to the cloud. If it doesn’t, just turn your PS4 on and head to Settings > Manage Application Data > Data Saved to System Storage > Upload to Online Storage. Select the save file you want to upload and press Yes.
To download PS4 save data from the cloud on PS5, head to Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings, then select Saved Data (PS4) > Cloud Storage. You will then see the “Download to console storage” option, click on it and you will see all available save files that you can download to your PS5 console storage.
NB: Not all save data is compatible with PS5, as this is at the developer’s discretion.
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Option 3: Transfer PS4 save data to PS5 via USB
Don’t have a PS Plus? You can transfer PS4 save data to PS5 via USB. Connect a USB storage device to your PS4 and go to Settings > App Saved Data Management > System Storage Saved Data > Copy to USB Storage Device. Select the save file you wish to copy, and you can transfer it to a USB drive.
Once done, disconnect the USB from the PS4 and connect it to the PS5. Go to Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings, then select Saved Data (PS4) > USB Drive. You will then see the option to copy to storage.
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And that’s all there is to it. You’ll now be able to catch up on any of your hard-won PlayStation 4 progress on your all-new PlayStation 5 console.