Were just a few weeks far from the launch of Microsoft Xbox Series X and Sonys PlayStation 5. Unlike most generational leaps, this brand-new set of consoles isnt going to force you to cut ties with your Xbox One or PS4 video game library.
The updated variations of these video games will feature faster load times and visual improvements like support for 4K resolutions, HDR, higher frame rates, and more. (Specific improvements will vary between each game). And in many cases, those who buy the PS4/Xbox One versions can update to the PS5/Xbox Series X variation totally free.
This sounds fantastic on paper, however the procedure has become a complicated mess.
Take Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Activision will let you purchase the video game when and update to the new consoles version for free, however Xbox One owners should purchase the Xbox Series X version, not the Xbox One version. PS4 players, however, can just buy the game on PS4 and play it on PS5 once they purchase the new console … unless you prepare to purchase the digital-only PlayStation 5, which will just accept upgrades for digital variations of the game. The PS5 with the disc drive supports upgrades for both digital and physical versions.
Not only can both consoles play video games launched on the previous generation of hardware, a choose batch of titles– like Doom Eternal, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and Cyberpunk 2077– are getting Xbox Series X and PS5 versions separate from their Xbox One and PS4 versions.
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Worse, some publishers are just using upgrades for digital purchases. Others will only let players who buy special edition copies of their games update to the next-gen variation, making the entire process even more confusing.
Sony and Microsoft are making things a little much easier by adding “next-gen upgrade” badges to qualified video games box art, however we wanted to make things even clearer. Below is an easy-to-read list of video games that will let players update from the PS4/Xbox One version to the PS5/Xbox Series X and S versions for complimentary.
We grouped games based upon which consoles they support– Xbox, PlayStation, or both. Weve also ensured to note any additional restrictions where necessary. Its possible more cross-gen video games will let gamers update totally free, but the list is complete for now.
Hopefully, it will make browsing the launch of the upgrade process a little less complicated.
Assassins Creed Valhalla
NBA 2K21 (only offered for the “Mamba Forever” edition).
Tom Clancys Rainbow Six: Siege.
See Dogs Legion.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon.
PS4 to PS5 only.
Madden NFL 21 (only offered for PS4/Xbox One copies purchased prior to December 31, 2020. Free upgrades just available until March 31, 2021).
Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom.
FIFA 21 (just offered before FIFA 22 releases).
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (only offered for PS4 version; Xbox One players should purchase Xbox Series X variation, which is playable on Xbox One).
The updated versions of these video games will include faster load times and graphical improvements like support for 4K resolutions, HDR, greater frame rates, and more. And in some cases, those who buy the PS4/Xbox One versions can update to the PS5/Xbox Series X variation for complimentary.
Activision will let you purchase the video game as soon as and update to the new consoles variation for free, but Xbox One owners must purchase the Xbox Series X version, not the Xbox One version. PS4 players, however, can simply acquire the game on PS4 and play it on PS5 once they purchase the new console … unless you plan to buy the digital-only PlayStation 5, which will only accept upgrades for digital versions of the video game. We grouped video games based on which consoles they support– Xbox, PlayStation, or both.
Gunman 3 (Digital version only).
Immortals Fenyx Rising.
Control (only available for the “Ultimate Edition”).
The Elder Scrolls Online.
Far Cry 6.
Dead by Daylight.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits.
WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship.
Call of the Sea.
Forza Horizon 4.
Senuas Saga: Hellblade 2.
Sea of Thieves.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.
Xbox One to Xbox Series X/S just.