PlayStation Ends Free Next-Gen Upgrades, PS4 to PS5 Digital Upgrades to Cost $10 Going Forward

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PlayStation fans were relieved to hear this weekend that Sony would be upholding its commitment to free next-gen upgrades by allowing Horizon Forbidden West owners on PS4 to upgrade to the PS5 version of the game for free. Unfortunately, that generosity is ending with Guerrilla Games’ highly anticipated sequel.

In an update to the official PlayStation blog post regarding Horizon Forbidden West’s Collector’s and Digital Deluxe Editions, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan revealed that PlayStation gamers will have to pay $10 for PS4 to PS5 digital upgrades going forward. This applies to upcoming first-party exclusives, such as Santa Monica Studio’s God of War sequel.

“I also want to confirm today that moving forward, PlayStation first-party exclusive cross-gen titles (newly releasing on PS4 and PS5)–both digital and physical*–will offer a $10 USD digital upgrade option from PS4 to PS5,” Ryan wrote.

“This will apply to the next God of War and Gran Turismo 7, and any other exclusive cross-gen PS4 and PS5 title published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.”

Sony’s pivot to paid digital upgrades had been hinted by the recent release of Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut. Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut owners on PS4 can upgrade to the PS5 version of the game for $10.

*To upgrade an eligible PS4 game on disc to the digital PS5 version, you will need a PS5 console with a disc drive. PS4 game discs can’t be used with the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition.

Source: PlayStation

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