The Xbox Series X offers the option of upgrading some games to the next-gen version free of charge via the smart delivery system. Apparently, this is not planned for the PS5.
The fact that players on Xbox One can upgrade a number of titles to the next-gen version for Xbox Series X free of charge via the smart delivery system is an exciting feature. But how does that look at the PS5 out?
Publishers decide on upgrades
Game Park, a Japanese website, has contacted Sony to upgrade PS4 versions of a game to PS5. The answer came that there is no one-size-fits-all standard like Smart Delivery that will give the games a free upgrade. Instead, the publishers should decide whether to provide the relevant updates.
This is the case with EA and Madden NFL 21, for example. The game will be released for the PS4 and buyers will get a free update to the next-gen version if they buy a PS5 and want to play on the new console. But this does not have to be the case with all publishers. Everyone can decide how to deal with next-gen versions of games. Sony said they want to flexibly support the company's upgrade process.
So a publisher might choose to re-release a PS5 version of a game. If you then want the game for next-gen, even though you have already bought it for the PS4, you may be asked to checkout again.
Playstation fans will have to wait and see which PS4 games get a free upgrade to the PS5 and which are sold again. In this case, everyone has to decide whether they are willing to pay the purchase price again. This information has not yet been internationally confirmed by Sony.
Source: Game Park
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