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Upgrading PlayStation®4 Games to PlayStation®5: A Detailed Guide

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Upgrade an eligible PlayStation®4 game to the digital PlayStation®5 version. Certain PS4™ games can be upgraded to the digital PS5™ version of the game on a PS5 console. 

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Upgrade an eligible PlayStation®4 game to the digital PlayStation®5 version
Upgrade an eligible PlayStation®4 game to the digital PlayStation®5 version [Image via: @AskPlayStation Twitter Handle]

Sony’s PlayStation®5 (PS5) has revolutionized the gaming world with its advanced features and capabilities. One of these features is the ability to upgrade eligible PlayStation®4 (PS4) games to their digital PS5 versions. This article provides a comprehensive guide on how to perform this upgrade.

Eligibility for Upgrade

Certain PS4™ games can be upgraded to the digital PS5™ version of the game on a PS5 console. The upgrade may occur at no additional cost, may require a purchase, and may be available for a limited time. An Internet connection is required.

Upgrading a PS4 Game on Disc on a PS5 Console with a Disc Drive

To upgrade an eligible PS4 game on disc to the digital PS5 version, you will need a PS5 console with a disc drive. PS4 game discs can’t be used with the PlayStation®5 Digital Edition.

Here are the steps to perform this upgrade:

  1. Sign in to your existing account on your PS5 console (or create an account).
  2. Insert the eligible PS4 game disc.
  3. Go to the game hub for the PS4 game.
  4. Select the upgrade offer on the game hub and review the upgrade offer.
  5. Select Download (or purchase with the discount price) to download/purchase content.
  6. After the download is complete, you can play the PS5 digital game by inserting the PS4 game disc. You will need to keep the disc inserted each time to play the game.

Upgrading an Eligible Digital PS4 Game on a PS5 Console

To upgrade an eligible digital PS4 game you already own to the digital PS5 version:

  1. Sign in to your existing account on your PS5 console.
  2. Find the PS5 game in PlayStation™Store, or by Search, and go to the game hub for the PS5 game.
  3. Select the upgrade offer on the game hub and review the upgrade offer.
  4. Select Download (or purchase with the discount price) to download/purchase content.
  5. After the download is complete, you can play the PS5 game.

Switching Between PS4 and PS5 Versions on Your PlayStation®5 Console

If you own the PS4 and PS5 versions of the same game, here’s how to switch between them:

  1. From the Games Home Screen, go to the Game Library.
  2. Select the game and press X.
  3. Select the […] button on the screen to view options.
  4. Select the version of the game you want to download or play.

Important Note

PS4 games redeemed as a PlayStation®Plus benefit are not eligible for a PS5 upgrade unless otherwise indicated.

Wrap-Up

The ability to upgrade eligible PS4 games to their PS5 versions enhances the gaming experience by leveraging the advanced capabilities of the PS5 console. Always check the eligibility of your game for an upgrade and follow the appropriate steps to enjoy your gaming on the next level. This feature is a testament to Sony’s commitment to providing a seamless transition for gamers into the new generation of console gaming.

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