Are you considering purchasing a PlayStation 5? Alternatively, you may already have one. In any case, you’ll want to be aware of the platform’s exclusive games so you know what it has in store for you. Given the PS5’s high price tag — $400 for the Digital Edition and $500 for the Standard Edition — it’s a good idea to get to know the system and its game lineup. When deciding between multiple video game systems, a game lineup is frequently one of the deciding factors.
Despite the fact that the PS5 is only nine months old, it already has a number of exclusive games to play. Of course, with exciting new PS5 games from many first-party Sony studios, that list will grow over time.
Here are all of the PS5 exclusive games you can play right now.
Astro’s Playroom is included with every PS5 purchase, so it’s a bit of a cheat, but it’s still worth mentioning. This PS5 pack-in demonstrates the capabilities of the DualSense controller on the PS5, utilizing all of its features. Aside from that, it’s a well-made platformer with plenty of things to do and satisfying gameplay. Without a doubt, Astro’s Playroom is one of the most visually stunning games on the PS5, demonstrating the PS5’s impressive visual capabilities. This game also pays homage to PlayStation’s rich history, with references to every system Sony has released over the years (including the PS Vita!). The best part is that you don’t have to buy this one — it’s free with each PS5.
Deathloop is currently only playable on PS5 consoles, despite the fact that it is a timed exclusive that will eventually be released on other platforms (and PC). This is Arkane Studios at its best, with a focus on style, time, and a day that keeps repeating itself. Colt, the protagonist, is tasked with eliminating eight targets on an island, and if he fails, the day is reset, making it feel like a roguelike at times. It’s also similar to Outer Wilds, in that each run allows you to learn more about your targets until you’re able to take them out all at once. There isn’t quite anything like Deathloop, so even if FPS games traditionally aren’t your thing, we still recommend checking this one out because it’s different. Take a look at our Deathloop beginner’s guide to getting started.
Next up is a game that, in almost every way, is diametrically opposed to Astro’s Playroom. Demon’s Souls for PlayStation 5 is a remake of the 2009 PlayStation 3 exclusive. This is the game that made the Souls series famous, laying the groundwork for one of the most recognisable and difficult RPG franchises ever. Bluepoint Games, a team known for creating high-quality remakes/remasters such as Shadow of the Colossus and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, is behind the PS5 remake. However, along with improved visuals, Demon’s Souls receives a slew of quality-of-life updates that modernise the game’s gameplay while maintaining what made the original so great.
Destruction AllStars was a PlayStation Plus game that debuted in February 2021 with a solid premise. This is a vehicular combat game that is similar to Twisted Metal, but in many ways it is worse. It’s an online game with a few different modes and a large number of different characters to choose from. The gameplay is enjoyable in the moment, with satisfying car combat that is usually enjoyable. While it looks great and plays well, we can’t recommend purchasing this game in its current state because it lacks content. It has since left the PS Plus catalog, so if you missed it then, you’ll have to shell out $20 to buy it now. Unless you got it through PS Plus, its value is questionable, even at its low price.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade
A remaster of a remake? Sure! Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is exactly what it says on the tin: A revamped version of the popular Final Fantasy VII Remake, which debuted in 2020. Intergrade improves on the remake by adding 60-frame-per-second (FPS) visuals and additional DLC. This new content focuses on Yuffie, a character from the original 1997 game, and adds to what is arguably the best RPG in recent memory. Intergrade, like the remake, is currently exclusive to PlayStation, but only on PlayStation 5. The nice thing is that you can upgrade your PS4 edition to the PS5 Intergrade version for free (so long as you purchased your copy instead of obtaining it via PS Plus).
Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered is a remastered version of the popular PS4 game that first came out in 2018. This enhanced edition is only available on PS5 and includes all of the base game’s content, as well as DLC, as well as improved 60FPS visuals. It can even support ray tracing, though at the cost of 30 frames per second instead. This game, unlike its PS4 counterpart, has a separate trophy list, but it does allow you to transfer your save from the previous generation. This means you can use the save transfer feature to resume your game exactly where you left off, trophies and all.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a game that showcases the PS5’s technology, with stunning visuals and gameplay. It’s incredible how good this game looks, and thankfully, it’s just as good to play. This game takes place after the 2016 reboot, and it includes many of the same features and characters as the previous installment. In this game, however, you befriend and play as Rivet, a new Lombax with her own arsenal of weapons to choose from. Thanks to the PS5’s power, you can traverse across various rifts in this game, each leading to a different dimension instantly. We really enjoyed Rift Apart, especially the visuals, set pieces, combat, and weapons.
Returnal, a game with an engaging loop and a mysterious story, was the first major PS5 exclusive to launch after the system’s launch. Housemarque, the studio behind Resogun and Nex Machina, has released Returnal, a roguelike third-person shooter. It puts you in the shoes of Selene, a space pilot who has crash-landed on the deadly alien planet Atropos. Every time you die, you respawn at the beginning, as is customary in roguelikes, and each subsequent run is unique. There are several biomes to choose from, each with its own distinct characteristics that keep things interesting. Returnal’s combat is fantastic, combining arcade gameplay with third-person shooting mechanics in a satisfying way. This won’t be for everyone due to its difficulty, but if you stick with it, Returnal might just end up being one of your favorite games.