Sony Backtracks And Offers Free Of Charge Horizon Prohibited West PS4 To PS5 Upgrade

Sony now plans to provide a freebie upgrade from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5 to Horizon Forbidden West. As per a recent statement, Sony will provide customers buying Horizon Forbidden Western on PlayStation 4 a complimentary next-gen upgrade. Sony also confirmed its position on upcoming cross-gen titles from the first party.

Sony confirmed previously this week that Horizon Forbidden West regular or premium versions on Playstation 4 could not be upgraded to Playstation 5 later on. The shift in the thinking of the company followed complaints that gamers are missing the opportunity to update the game to PlayStation 5 in Horizon Forbidden West from the PlayStation 4 release.

“It’s abundantly clear that the offerings we confirmed in our pre-order kickoff missed the mark. While the pandemic’s profound impact pushed Forbidden West out of the launch window we initially envisioned, we will stand by our offer: Players who purchase Horizon Forbidden West on PlayStation 4 will be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version for free,” declared Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan.

The company also will provide free updates to Horizon Forbidden West in accordance with previous commitments for its cross-genre new games, namely Godfall and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales games. But the CEO also stated that PlayStation 5 updates for PlayStation 4 would be offered for $10 prices for cross-gen games that are available solely on PlayStation. This implies that each new title launched on both systems would possess that upgrading fee.

Following this move, Sony will basically need everyone who is buying a PlayStation 4 edition for the price of $59.99 to spend an extra $10 to receive the PlayStation 5 edition, totaling up to $69.99 for the majority of AAA games.

William Reid
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