The fan-favourite game demo has not been available on PlayStation 4 for some years. However, dedicated fans have kept the game on their console hard drives, with many hoping they’d eventually be able to transfer the title to PlayStation 5.
According to reports by both Polygon and Games Radar, P.T. was playable on PlayStation 5 in late October, when many outlets first received their review consoles. However, support for the title was reportedly removed without explanation.
“I played P.T. on my PS5 in late October, the day after I received my review unit,” wrote Polygon’s Michael McWhertor. “On Oct. 24, I transferred my copy of P.T. to and played the game on my PS5, picking up from a recent save that carried over from PS4.
“Then I restarted P.T. from the beginning, and played through a bit more. It seemed to work fine. In fact, the 4K screenshot at the top of this post was captured from the PS5 review unit that Sony sent me.”
He added: “But in the days leading up to Sony’s PS5 review embargo, the situation changed. P.T. is now listed as a ‘Playable on PS4’ title, meaning it can’t be played on PS5.”
Radar’s Leon Hurley corroborated the claims: “The PS5 did initially let you transfer PT from your PS4 and play it on the new console. Until you couldn’t,” he wrote.
“I know because I did it, and played it, on a PlayStation 5. However, if you try to repeat the process now you get the message during the transfer process that ‘you can’t use this game or app on the PS5’.”
As it stands, existing downloads of P.T. cannot be transferred to PS5, nor is the game playable through backward compatibility.
Revealed in 2014, Silent Hills was to be directed by Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro, with Norman Reedus in the starring role. The game was cancelled by publisher Konami following Kojima’s departure from the company the following year.