PlayStation Cross-Gen Exclusives Confirmed To Get Paid Upgrade Path for PS4 to PS5 Versions, Includes God of War Ragnarok and Grant Turismo 7
Sony has confirmed that it will offer a paid upgrade path for its upcoming cross-gen exclusive games from their PS4 to PS5 versions, including God of War Ragnarok and Grant Turismo 7. The news comes after Sony reversed its decision to not offer an upgrade path for its upcoming Horizon: Forbidden West.
“I also want to confirm today that moving forward, PlayStation first-party exclusive cross-gen titles (newly releasing on PS4 & PS5) – both digital and physical – will offer a $10 USD digital upgrade option from PS4 to PS5,” said Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment in an update on the PlayStation blog. “This will apply to the next God of War and Gran Turismo 7, and any other exclusive cross-gen PS4 & PS5 title published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.”
The decision comes after Sony promised to provide free cross-gen upgrades for its PS5 launch titles last year. While Horizon: Forbidden West was originally set to release in late 2021, it was recently delayed to 2022 along with the next God of War and Gran Turismo 7, making them well beyond the launch window of the console. Sony hasn’t confirmed what the India pricing for the PS4 to PS5 upgrades will be, although if Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut is any indication, then the upgrade price should be under Rs. 1000 as Sony pegs Indian currency after conversion from its Europian counterpart. At the very least, Sony India is well aware of consumer demands for better pricing in the country.
The upgrade pricing also makes sense considering how the PS5 versions of these games will include extra features such as increased resolution and potentially better performance. Horizon Forbidden West will also receive the same set of improvements, although it providing a free PS4 to PS5 upgrade can be attributed to the massive backlash Sony received for its previous pricing. And yes, there appears to be an obvious loophole where anybody can save Rs. 1000 by purchasing the PS4 version and upgrading it for free. It’s clear that Sony is aware of it, despite keeping different prices for the PS4 and PS5 versions of Horizon: Forbidden West at retail and on its digital storefront. With its upcoming cross-gen exclusives priced differently, it looks like Sony is biting the bullet on selling fewer units for the physical PS5 copies for Horizon: Forbidden West.
Sony is expected to reveal the God of War sequel during its PlayStation Showcase later this week. Horizon: Forbidden West releases on February 18, 2022 on PS4 and PS5.