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Sony is the nickel owners of PlayStation 5 and obscuring upgrades for games they already own

A screenshot from the PlayStation 5 game “God of War: Ragnarok”, featuring Kratos (right) and his son Atreus (left). Sony

  • Starting next year, Sony will charge $ 10 to upgrade from PlayStation 4 games to their PS5 versions.

  • The new policy comes after Sony had to scuttle plans for an expensive upgrade to an upcoming game.

  • On Xbox, meanwhile, if you own a game on any Xbox, you get the latest version for free.

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If you are one of the tens of millions of PlayStation 4 owners who are still trying to buy a PlayStation 5, unfortunately you may have to fork over some extra cash for the games you already own.

That’s because Sony charges a $ 10 upgrade fee on so-called intergenerational games like the next sequel to “God of War” and the next big game “Gran Turismo,” among others, the company announced this week. last.

When new game consoles are released these days, a variety of games on this new console are also available on the previous generation of consoles. The next big, exclusive PlayStation 5 game, for example, will also head to the PlayStation 4 launch: “Horizon Forbidden West” in early 2022, and millions of gamers will get it on the next-gen console.

Although the PlayStation 5 is selling fast, Sony simply cannot do enough to meet demand. As such, there are just over 10 million PlayStation 5 consoles in homes around the world, compared to over 116 million PlayStation 4 consoles in homes around the world.

Unfortunately, when PlayStation 4 owners finally find and buy a PlayStation 5, these intergenerational games don’t automatically jump in with them. Instead, Sony intends to charge $ 10 each for this upgrade – and it was only after fans criticized Sony for an even weirder policy.

“Thursday was to be a celebration of ‘Horizon Forbidden West’ and the incredible Guerrilla team working to deliver it on February 18, 2022,” PlayStation frontman Jim Ryan said in an update to a Sony blog post. early this month. “However, it is quite clear that the offers we confirmed during our pre-order launch missed the mark.”

Sony is the nickel owners of PlayStation 5 and obscuring upgrades for games they already own

An image of the upcoming Sony exclusive game “Horizon Forbidden West”, scheduled to launch in February 2022 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Sony

Ryan was referring to a previously announced pre-order ad for “Horizon Forbidden West” which revealed that the only way to get both the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game was to order a “digital deluxe” edition for $ 80 – an increase $ 20 compared to the basic $ 60 level price of a PS4 video game.

Sony previously announced that all PlayStation 5 games in the “launch window” would only need to be purchased on a single console to own both the PS4 and PS5 versions. “Horizon Forbidden West” has been delayed several times, which has pushed it out of Sony’s ambiguous “launch window” for the PlayStation 5 (which launched in November 2020).

When PlayStation fans cited this, Sony gave in.

Additionally, Ryan has set a clear upgrade path for the future, although it remains open for review.

“Going forward, PlayStation’s exclusive and exclusive cross-gen titles (newly released on PS4 and PS5) – both digital and physical – will offer a $ 10 digital upgrade option from PS4 to PS5,” he said. Ryan said. “This will apply to the upcoming ‘God of War’ and ‘Gran Turismo 7’ and any other PS4 and PS5 cross-gen exclusive titles released by Sony Interactive Entertainment.”

This means that all of the great PlayStation 5 games that will also launch on PlayStation 4 will require an additional purchase of $ 10 if you want to upgrade from PS4 to PS5. You could Play the PlayStation 4 version of the game on your PlayStation 5, but that kind of thwarts the interest in buying a new console.

It might not be a problem if people could actually find and buy a PlayStation 5, but more people than ever will be using their PS4s until next year.

Sony’s policy is in stark contrast to that of its competitor, Microsoft, which has reduced ownership on all of its Xbox platforms: If you owned a game on a previous Xbox console, you own it on current consoles. If there is a newer version of this game for your new console, this is the version you get when you buy and download the game.

Additionally, when “Horizon Forbidden West” launches next year, the PS5 version will cost $ 70 while the PS4 version will cost $ 60. This same price difference applies to “God of War: Ragnarok” and “Gran Turismo 7”, the next two major PlayStation exclusives.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s proprietary exclusive games are all released at launch on Game Pass – Xbox’s Netflix-style gaming service that starts at $ 10 per month. When “Halo Infinite” launches in December, you can deposit $ 60 there or join the Game Pass. This $ 10 will give you access to both the great new game “Halo” and over 100 other games that can be played on a variety of platforms.

That’s a pretty huge philosophical difference between the two direct competitors, and it shows how some of Sony’s fundamental choices with the PS5 are nickel and gradation owners.

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