Just a few days ago, Sony announced the Horizon Forbidden West different editions, and one thing that stood out was how the Standard and Special editions of the game won’t offer a way to upgrade. Thankfully, that has changed, as today, Sony has updated its stance on it, and has announced that the Horizon Forbidden West PS4 to PS5 upgrade will be free for everyone — regardless of what version they get!
This was announced by Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan, where he also announced that the next God of War, and Gran Turismo 7 will both offer a $10 upgrade option (digital and physical) when they’re released, and that moving forward PlayStation first-party exclusive corss-gen titles will have a similar upgrade pricing structure.
Check out Jim Ryan’s letter in full below.
Thursday was to be a celebration of Horizon Forbidden West and the amazing team at Guerrilla working to deliver it on February 18, 2022. However, it’s abundantly clear that the offerings we confirmed in our pre-order kickoff missed the mark.
Last year we made a commitment to deliver free upgrades for our cross-gen launch titles, which included Horizon Forbidden West. 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.
I also want to confirm today that moving forward, PlayStation first-party exclusive cross-gen titles (newly releasing on PS4 & PS5)–both digital and physical*–will offer a $10 USD digital upgrade option from PS4 to PS5. This will apply to the next God of War and Gran Turismo 7, and any other exclusive cross-gen PS4 & PS5 title published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.
— Jim Ryan, President & CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment
*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.
Is the Horizon Forbidden West PS4 to PS5 Upgrade Free?
Yes, it is. Compared to Sony’s original announcement, all versions of Horizon Forbidden West can now be upgraded for free, though this seems to be one of the last Sony first-party games that will allow it without a $10 upgrade fee per Ryan’s letter.
No doubt, this sudden change of heart has been from the outcry of gamers everywhere when the initial announcement came to light.
Are you OK with the $10 upgrade price if you want to play your PS4 games on PS5? Let us know your thoughts down beow.