PlayStation 5: Is a paid update for PS4 games a real problem?

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Gamers have always been afraid of increasing game prices when moving from one generation of consoles to another, and adding the Next Gen Patch to the equation only complicates the situation. On Sony’s part, PS4 game updates will now be paid for for the PlayStation 5. In the face of Microsoft’s “100% free” strategy, is the Japanese publisher’s strategy really a problem?

Promise to keep

Gamers are not known for their short memories, quite the contrary, and they have not forgotten the promise made by Sony prior to the launch of the PlayStation 5. In September 2020, Jim Ryan promised the community free updates of Cross-Gen titles, or from PS4 to PS5, in order to enjoy the best possible gaming experience on the future device of the Japanese manufacturer. This was the official statement of the PlayStation division chief at the time:

We will have an update path so that PS4 players get their PS5 version for free. Jim Ryan (President and CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment)

PlayStation 5: Is a paid update for PS4 games a real problem?

Unfortunately, not everything is so simple, and soon reality collided with fantasy. Except for Sackboy: A Big Adventure and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Key stakeholders… the players… will need to get their hands off to update Sony’s first-party titles. However, it is necessary to return to the promise made by Sony. The latter only pertains to PS5 launch games, not all PlayStations Studios products. Although gamers are aware, a much-anticipated game set ablaze in early September 2021.

Horizon Status: Forbidden West

PlayStation 5: Is a paid update for PS4 games a real problem?

Horizon: Forbidden West single-handedly sums up players’ misunderstandings of next-generation first-party updates on PlayStation 5. The action-adventure game developed by Guerilla Studios on behalf of Sony has been delayed several times to finally set its release on February 18, 2022. These delays, along with not satisfying the most impatient, affected the pricing of the game according to releases, the official price on September 2, 2021, which did not fail to get players to interact.

PlayStation 5: Is a paid update for PS4 games a real problem?

Aloy’s Adventures sequel has effectively lost its spot as a PlayStation 5 launch game. Sony, which has pledged to provide free updates to its internal products originally scheduled for November 2020, can now implement its new strategy, which is to sell next-generation patches. for PlayStation 5. Buyers of the PS4 Standard Edition of Horizon: Forbidden West are simply invited to spend €10 to upgrade from the eighth generation to the ninth generation of the console. Then the news had the effect of a bombshell.

PlayStation 5: Is a paid update for PS4 games a real problem?

Players feel cheated. The rumble forces Sony to back off a few days later, September 7, 2021 to be exact. Jim Ryan then took the floor and confirmed that the initial promise made by the Japanese publisher would indeed be fulfilled. The PS4 version of Horizon: Forbidden West will be upgradeable on PlayStation 5 at no additional cost (see PlayStation blog post below). However, there are several conditions to take advantage of this offer. For example, the PS4 physical version requires a PlayStation 5 Standard, that is, an optical drive. Horizon Forbidden West Digital Deluxe retails for €89.99 and includes PS4 and PS5 editions as well as additional content.

Last year, we committed to providing free upgrades to launch titles across generations, including Horizon Forbidden West. While the impact of the pandemic has pushed Forbidden West out of the launch window we originally envisioned, we’ll keep our offer: players who purchase Horizon: Forbidden West on PlayStation 4 will be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version for free. Jim Ryan (President and CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment)

The future of 1st Party Sony games

PlayStation 5: Is a paid update for PS4 games a real problem?

What about the upcoming 1st Party games in 2022? Other sealed PlayStation Studios productions, including God of War: Ragnarok and Gran Turismo 7, are outside the scope of PlayStation 5 launch games. The envisioned pricing for Horizon: Forbidden West will therefore apply to all PS4 / PS5 games published by Sony Interactive Entertainment starting next spring.. So expect, we might say, get ready to spend $10 to update your 1st Party Cross-Gen. Jim Ryan’s words leave no doubt about this:

I’d also like to confirm today that in the future, exclusive titles for Cross-Gen (recently released on PS4 and PS5), both digital and physical, will offer $10 digital upgrade options from PS4 to PS5. This will apply to God of War, the upcoming Gran Turismo 7, and any other PS4 and PS5 exclusives PS4 and PS5 games released by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Jim Ryan (President and CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment)

PlayStation 5: Is a paid update for PS4 games a real problem?

Sony has studied and applied other strategies to exploit its PlayStation 4 catalog and encourage gamers to put their hands or pockets on the PlayStation 5. We’re clearly thinking about the new trend emerging in 2021, the Director’s Cut. The Ghost of Tsushima DIrector Cut and Death Stranding Director is already taking advantage of this kind of re-release to come out on PS5, and not without introducing new content and/or features to justify an exit. In this area, Sony has a lot to do with Microsoft. This direct competitor practices a free cross-generational policy that does not suffer any misunderstanding on the part of the players. All first and third party games can be updated on Xbox Series X and S at no additional cost.

PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series, Exclusives vs Game Pass, Next Generation vs Ecosystem, etc. Sony and Microsoft are now implementing diametrically opposed strategies for which theater is the ninth generation of consoles.

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