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If you’re planning on getting a PS5, you need to see this

Published Sep 28th, 2020 3:43PM EDT
PS4 to PS5 free upgrades
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  • Some next-gen games will be launching on both PS4 and PS5, and many developers and publishers are allowing PS4 owners to upgrade to the PS5 version for free.
  • The list of games with free PS4 to PS5 upgrades includes Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Destiny 2, Madden 21, and Marvel’s Avengers.
  • If you own a PS5 Digital Edition, you will only be able to upgrade digital copies of PS4 games.
  • Anyone planning to get a PS5 should definitely check out this list of every game that will be upgradeable.

One of the many next-generation Xbox features that Microsoft has spent the past few months highlighting is Smart Delivery, which allows developers and publishers to sell a single copy of a game and have it be playable across both generations of consoles. Some of the most highly anticipated games coming out this fall will take advantage of Smart Delivery, including Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Weirdly, Sony never announced a similar feature for the PS5, but many developers are still going to allow their PS4 games to be upgraded for free.

The only problem is that, unlike Microsoft, Sony has yet to share a full list of PS4 games that can be upgraded to their next-gen versions for free, but many of the developers and publishers that plan to let PS4 owners upgrade to the PS5 versions of their games for free have already publicized the fact that they will be doing so.

With that said, here’s a full, up-to-date list of every PS4 game that will come with a free PS5 upgrade:

Game Upgrade Path Upgrade Release Date
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Free upgrade November 12th, 2020
Borderlands 3 Free upgrade TBD
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Free upgrade November 13th, 2020
Cyberpunk 2077 Free upgrade November 12th, 2020
Dead by Daylight Free upgrade TBD
Destiny 2 Free upgrade November 12th, 2020
Dirt 5 Free upgrade November 12th, 2020
Doom Eternal Free upgrade TBD
Far Cry 6 Free upgrade 2021
FIFA 21 Free upgrade before FIFA 22 launches Holiday 2020
Hitman 3 Free upgrade for digital version only 2021
Horizon Forbidden West Free upgrade 2021
Immortals Fenyx Rising Free upgrade TBD
Kena: Bridge of Spirits Free upgrade TBD
Little Nightmares 2 Free upgrade TBD
Madden NFL 21 Free upgrade before Madden NFL 22 launches Holiday 2020
Maneater Free upgrade TBD
Marvel’s Avengers Free upgrade Holiday 2020
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Free upgrade November 12th, 2020
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom Free upgrade TBD
NBA 2K21 Free upgrade with Mamba Forever Edition TBD
Puyo-Puyo Tetris 2 Free upgrade December 8th, 2020
Rainbow Six Siege Free upgrade TBD
Riders Republic Free upgrade TBD
Sackboy: A Big Adventure Free upgrade November 12th, 2020
The Elder Scrolls Online Free upgrade TBD
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Free upgrade TBD
Watch Dogs: Legion Free upgrade TBD
WRC 9 Free upgrade TBD
Yakuza: Like A Dragon Free upgrade March 2nd, 2021

As you can see, a vast majority of the games receiving free upgrades don’t require you to jump through any hoops, but some do. And there’s also the Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered situation, which we covered here. It’s also worth noting that if you buy a PS5 Digital Edition, you won’t be able to upgrade physical copies of games, as it doesn’t have a disc drive. If you plan to go the digital route, be sure to buy digital copies of games you might want to upgrade going forward. Plus, in some cases (including Hitman 3), only the digital versions will be upgradeable anyway.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.