Sony confirms PS5s first-party launch lineup and free game upgrade plans for PS4 titles

 theverge.com  09/16/2020 22:03:35   Nick Statt
Image: Sony / Insomniac Games

Sony has confirmed its PlayStation 5 first-party launch lineup, as well as confirming some details around PS4 versions of its exclusive titles and how the transition from current-gen to next-gen will work. In a blog post published after revealing the price of both of its upcoming consoles (the standard for $499.99 and the digital edition without a disc drive for $399.99), Sony says it has six launch titles confirmed for the PS5 on November 12th.

Heres the full list, including pricing and confirmation for the first time that Sony intends to raise the price on some exclusive titles by $10 to a max of $69.99:

  • Astros Playroom (Japan Studio)  pre-installed on PS5
  • Demons Souls (Bluepoint Games / Japan Studio)  $69.99
  • Destruction All Stars (Lucid Games / XDEV)  $69.99
  • Marvels Spider-Man: Miles Morales  $49.99
  • Marvels Spider-Man: Mile Morales Ultimate Edition  $69.99
  • Sackboy A Big Adventure (Sumo Digital / XDEV)  $59.99

Its important to note that this list does not include expected multi-platform games, like Fortnite (confirmed for both PS5 and Xbox One X at launch) and the standard annual release titles like the new Call of Duty and Assassins Creed games, both of which should arrive before or just after the next-gen consoles launch this November. CD Projekt Reds Cyberpunk 2077 is also confirmed for cross-gen releases on November 19th, just a week after the PS5 officially starts shipping.

Sony has also confirmed that at least some of those games will see PS4 versions. Its the first weve heard of the company committing to releasing cross-gen titles after some speculation that it would restrict most, if not all, of its first-party games to the PS5. The games that will see cross-gen releases include not only Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Sackboy A Big Adventure, but also the upcoming Horizon Zero Dawn sequel Horizon Forbidden West. That game doesnt have a release date yet beyond 2021, but its reassuring to know PS4 owners that dont make the jump to PS5 will still get to enjoy it at launch.

Sony hasnt yet announced a free upgrade commitment quite like Microsofts Smart Delivery program, which promises all first-party Xbox One games and a growing list of third-party ones will see a free upgrade to Xbox Series X / S versions. But Sonys blog post does point out that that the above mentioned cross-gen releases will get free upgrades regardless of whether you have the standard or digital PS5.

Heres Sonys full description of the process:

Additionally, we know that the PS4 community will transition to PS5 at different times, and were happy to announce PS4 versions of some of our exclusives. Marvels Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Sackboy A Big Adventure, and Horizon Forbidden West will also launch on PS4. While these three games were designed to take advantage of PS5 and its unique next-gen features like the ultra-high-speed SSD and DualSense controller, PS4 owners will also be able to enjoy these experiences when they launch. The PS4 digital versions of launch games include a free upgrade on both PS5 consoles, while the PS4 disc versions of these games include a free upgrade on the PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-Ray disc drive.

That last bit of wording is worth noting: the PS4 disc versions of these games include a free upgrade on the PS5. It implies players who own disc versions of, say, Spiderman: Miles Morales for PS4 wont be able to transition to a PS5 version for free unless they buy the PS5 with the disc drive, suggesting youll need to have the PS4 disc inserted to prove your ownership. Safe to say its a good idea to buy cross-gen games digitally if youre unsure which console you plan on eventually picking up.

Update September 16th, 7:43PM ET: Clarified that Sonys free upgrade policy for PS4 cross-gen games will require you own the PS5 with a disc drive if you own a physical PS4 version of the game.

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