Sony’s latest PlayStation 5 update seems to have fixed one of the biggest issues with cross-gen games on the console
Making it clearer when players have the PlayStation 4 version of a game installed and notifying them when there’s a PS5 version available to download.
According to The Verge, the feature, spotted by Twitter user Tidux, aims to clarify one of the more frustratingly complex parts of the PlayStation 5. Because the console offers backward compatibility for all PS4 games – including ones that offer free next-gen PS5 updates, like ‘Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’ or ‘Destiny 2’ -and it is pretty easy to accidentally install the older version of the game.
Microsoft has taken a simpler approach to the system, with its Smart Delivery program that will automatically install (or update) a game to the best version for a console. While Sony’ss method isn’t quite as easy, it’ll at least make it clearer to players when they have the wrong version installed.
The new feature will likely be particularly helpful in the future, as more developers continue to release PS5-optimised versions of their PS4 titles. Under the current system, there is no great way for players to know when there’s a PS5 version of a game available. But with the new update, anyone who owns ‘Control: Ultimate Edition’ and has the PS4 version installed, for example, will be notified when the next-gen version is released on February 2nd.
As per The Verge, the option appears to only show up for games that include free next-gen upgrades. Games that require a new purchase for “remastered” versions, like Insomniac’s 2018 ‘Spider-Man‘ or ‘Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition’, will remain as separate downloads as usual.
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