It was widely believed that Sony Interactive Entertainment would have a unified programme for the upgrade of PlayStation 4 games to PlayStation 5. The console manufacturer reportedly has none, at least nothing like the commendable Smart Delivery solution that Microsoft has for Xbox Series X.
In a statement issued to GameSpark earlier today, Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan confirmed that the decision to shift a player-base to the next generation will be left to the publishers. Hence, the publishers will be setting the rules and limitations, meaning that a cross-generation migration to PlayStation 5 will never be guaranteed to be free of cost. Sony though will be offering “flexible support” to any publisher when and if needed.
Apparently the update program for PS4>PS5 software copies will be done at the publisher’s own discretion, but SIE stated that they will flexibly support these upgrades even in Japan as well
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In contrast, Microsoft’s Smart Delivery allows players to purchase a single copy of a game to own the same game on any Xbox platform. Sony was assumed to announce a similar solution since several third-party games have already confirmed a free upgrade from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5. That includes Bungie’s Destiny 2, Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto 5, and Electronic Arts’ Madden NFL 21. There will be likely more but presumably none featuring first-party offerings since Sony has made it clear that PlayStation 5 exclusives will not be landing on PlayStation 4.
There will be two different PlayStation 5 models to choose from at launch where one of them, dubbed as the digital edition, will forego a disc drive. Those who go with the standard edition though, which features a 4K Blu-ray drive, will be able to run all of their old PlayStation 4 discs without any issues.