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Future PlayStation-exclusive games will not get free next-gen upgrades

By Tim Augustin - on 6 Sep 2021, 5:08pm

Future PlayStation-exclusive games will not get free next-gen upgrades

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Sony bungled this one. 

Head of Sony Interactive Entertainment Jim Ryan has announced that anyone who buys a PlayStation 4 copy of Horizon Forbidden West will now get its next-gen PlayStation 5 version for free. The announcement was made after Sony announced pre-order details for Guerrilla Games’ latest with no PS4 to PS5 upgrade path, which stirred up quite a bit of controversy online. 

Ryan stated, “it’s abundantly clear that the offerings we confirmed in our pre-order kickoff missed the mark,” in a PlayStation Blog update. “Last year we made a commitment to deliver free upgrades for our cross-gen launch titles, which included Horizon Forbidden West […] Players who purchase Horizon Forbidden West on PlayStation 4 will be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version for free."

During an interview, Ryan had promised that there would be, “an upgrade path for PS4 users to get the PS5 versions for free.” In this update, he clarifies that the offer was only meant for titles released during the PlayStation 5’s launch period - and has since expired. According to the blog post, all future PlayStation-exclusive first-party cross-generation games will have a US$10 digital upgrade option from PS4 to PS5. This applies to the upcoming God of War sequel and Gran Turismo 7. 

Here’s a hot tip: Horizon Forbidden West’s free next-gen upgrade now means that you could just get the less expensive PS4 version (S$79.90) instead of the PS5 version (S$97.90), since the former gives you access to the PS5 version for free. This little loophole saves you quite a bit of money, and Sony isn’t doing anything to plug it for now.

Horizon Forbidden West will launch on PS4 and PS5 on 18 February, 2022.

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