Update: If you’ve read or original article below, last week Sony revealed a rather complicated and disappointing ‘Dual Entitlement’ Horizon Forbidden West PS4 to PS5 upgrade process. Understandably, it was immediately met with almost universal unhappiness. And, it took merely days for Sony to realise “they had missed the mark”. Yesterday, President & CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan took to social media and the PlayStation Blog to now reveal that the HFW would be receiving a free PS4 to PS5 upgrade across the board, and also going forward the all such cross-gen titles would incur a standard $10 upgrade cost. One can’t help but be disappointed that it took a quite severe backlash for Sony to retract their decision and finally be upfront about the process going forward. That being said – we’re very happy they did.
You can check out the full statement here.
Original Story: Yesterday, we got quite a bit of PlayStation news. The biggest was the announcement of the upcoming Showcase happening next week. However, there was also a big reveal of (several) pre-order editions coming for Horizon Forbidden West. For many, this is one of the biggest and most anticipated games coming in the next twelve months. So you’d think some special edition reveals (one of which in particular includes a pretty amazing looking custom sculpted Tremortusk and Aloy statue) would be met with almost universal praise… even if there were probably a few too many different editions. Unfortunately, a small note near the end of the blog contained a pretty controversial bit of info:
For players looking to have access to both the PS4 & PS5 versions of Horizon Forbidden West, please purchase the Digital Deluxe, Collector’s, or Regalla Editions. Dual entitlement does not apply to the standard and Special Editions
Buy it… twice.
Yup. So what Sony is calling “Dual entitlement” is only available in the more expensive Digital Deluxe, Collector’s, or Regalla Editions editions. Sure, if you first bought the ‘cheaper’ edition for your PS4, you could always play that same PS4 version should you later upgrade to a PS5. However, if you wanted to play Forbidden West with all the PS5 ‘next-gen’ bells and whistles you’d have to purchase the full game again. Because, as revealed in their FAQ page:
There are no plans for an update offer from Standard to Digital Deluxe Edition at this time.
This has understandably been met with almost universal discontent, to say the least. Reading the blog, I get the impression that Sony wants us to realise that the PS4 and PS5 versions are basically two distinctly separate games. However, in the same breath, we’re also confusingly assured of the following:
If you start playing Horizon Forbidden West on PS4 then later wish to continue your progress on PS5, your PS4 save games will be transferable to PS5
So, if saves are transferable why not provide the upgra..err Dual entitlement functionality to everyone?
Horizon Forbidden Upgrade
Now, I must admit that I’m no expert on the technical challenges in making the PS4 version upgradeable to PS5. And I’m aware that it no doubt costs something. However, the way Sony is handling it all, leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Especially considering that at least to the average consumer – this just looks like PlayStation is hiding what many consider to be basic or at least expected functionality (that their main competitor offers at no cost) behind a paywall. And no matter how you spin it, it just doesn’t look good.
And you’ve got to wonder whether the backlash will force Sony’s hand in changing the decision… Let’s hope so.