With the onset of the next generation console wars, developers started doing things we hadn't seen in previous generations. They made two versions of their games - one for the current type of hardware and one for output consoles. Many of them offer free upgrades between platform families.
This new paradigm for creating two identical games is understandable because both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have more players. Having trouble getting the next-gen PS5 or XBSX, it also makes sense that they provide a way for players who don't have newer systems to upgrade. However, this can be somewhat confusing.
Sony finally announced on Thursday the pricing for its upcoming flagship title, Horizon Forbidden West. The Standard Edition is $60 for the PlayStation 4 and $70 for the PS5. Then there's the Deluxe Digital Edition, which costs $80. The most expensive edition (including the $250 physical Regalia Edition) comes with the usual benefits - a digital comic book, soundtrack, some elite items and resources, and more. It also says it offers both the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game.
It might not seem unnatural at first, but it was confusing enough that Sony asked separate FAQs on its support site about how to upgrade from PS4 to PS5. Question: "Can I upgrade my PS4 version of Horizon Forbidden West to the PS5 version?" Sony says:
"To access both the PS4 and PS5 editions of Horizon Forbidden West, you will need to purchase the Deluxe Digital, Collector or Regalla editions. Dual rights do not apply to the Standard and Special editions"< p> Another question - "Can I upgrade my Standard Edition to the Digital Deluxe Edition of Horizon Forbidden West?" There's no time to upgrade from the Standard Edition to the Digital Deluxe Edition.) at full price. So if they know they want to upgrade to the PS5 version, they should buy the Deluxe and save $50.
"Plus, we know the PS4 community is transitioning to PS5 at various times, and we're excited to announce PS4 versions of some of them. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Sackboy A Big Adventure, and Horizon Forbidden West will also be available on PS4." While all three games are designed to take advantage of the PS5 and its unique next-generation features such as superfast SSD speed and DualSense controllers.PS4 can also have these experiences at launch.PS4 launch game versions include free upgrades on both PS5 consoles, while disc versions include free upgrades on both PS5 consoles. PS4 of these games are free upgrades to PS5 with an Ultra HD Ultra HD Blu-ray drive.”
In addition, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO and CEO Jim Ryan said in an interview that the Horizon upgrade from PS4 to PS5 will be Free. "No one should be disappointed," Ryan told The Washington Post. In the post, the PS5 versions of those games [Horizon: West Forbidden and Spider-Man: Miles Morales] were built from scratch to use the PS5 feature set and we have an upgrade path for PS4 users to get PS5 versions for free.” This is about people with a choice. I'm glad Really in this situation." Especially for those who may have already bought the standard PS4 version and think they can upgrade later. To borrow from Ryan, the "only obvious way to upgrade" the PS4 to the PS5 is to buy the $20 Digital Deluxe in the first place. This is not an upgrade and it is not free.
Sony promised a free update for PS5 Horizon Forbidden West