Sony’s PS4 to PS5 game upgrade path is a mess

It’s taken Sony 10 months to outline an upgrade path between PS4 and PS5 with any clarity or consistency. The platform holder has confirmed that, moving forward, it will now charge $10 to upgrade from PS4 to PS5 editions of first-party exclusive cross-gen titles, a shift from the scattershot approach that has marred the first year of the PlayStation 5. Horizon Forbidden West will be exempt from this new policy when it launches February 22, 2022 – a concession born out of controversy. 

Guerrilla Games’ upcoming cross-generational release will now receive a free upgrade. That needn’t have been news this past weekend, given that it was confirmed by Sony back in September 2020 and later reaffirmed by PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan. And still Horizon Forbidden West made headlines, as the company revealed that players who purchased the Standard or Special editions of Forbidden West on PS4 would have no path to upgrade to a PS5 edition in the future – necessitating a second purchase of the game should you wish to continue playing into the next generation. If players wanted to guarantee access to the PS4 and PS5 version of the game, they’d need to purchase the Digital Deluxe, Collector’s, or Regalla editions – the least expensive of these options being $80/£80 and the most expensive $260/£229. 

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