Horizon Forbidden West standard editions won't include a PS4 to PS5 upgrade

You'll have to go in on more expensive Digital Deluxe, Collector's, or Regalla Editions to have the option of a PS4 to PS5 upgrade.


Updated 2/15/22 at 8:53 a.m.: Sony will now provide free updates to the Standard Edition of Horizon Forbidden West on PS5 for those that purchase it on PS4. This is now reflected on the game's official PlayStation Store page.

When it comes to high-profile games available between generations of systems, moving from the previous-gen to next-gen version of a game has been sketchy lately, especially on the PlayStation platform. It appears that’s going to be the case when it comes to Horizon Forbidden West. Sony has revealed how the upgrade will work for Guerrilla Games' upcoming open-world offering, and it's disappointing to say the least. Standard editions of Horizon Forbidden West won't have a free upgrade from PS4 to PS5.

This was revealed over on PlayStation’s Tech Support website regarding Horizon Forbidden West, as spotted by video game news and leak Twitter source Nibel. According to the game's pre-order support page, Standard and Special Edition versions of Horizon Forbidden West won’t feature an upgrade from PS4 to PS5 if you switch consoles later. It’s only if you get the more expensive Digital Deluxe ($79.99 USD), Collector's Edition ($199.99), or Regalla Edition($259.99) that an upgrade path is included.

The Horizon Forbidden West Digital Deluxe Edition will be the cheapest option if you want to secure an upgrade path for PS4 to PS5.
The Horizon Forbidden West Digital Deluxe Edition will be the cheapest option if you want to secure an upgrade path for PS4 to PS5.

That means that to access PS4 and PS5 editions of the game, you’re going to have to fork up at least $80, purchase the Standard or Special Edition on PS5, or buy it on PS4 and pay for an upgrade later. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a complicated arrangement for upgrades. Control also had an unnecessarily complicated path for next-gen upgrades that 505 Games floundered on as PS4 versions were accidentally upgraded and then revoked.

It’s also worth noting that Xbox has dodged much of this with the implementation of the Smart Delivery system, which promises that approved games, physical or digital, will only ever have to be purchased once. After that, the game should be available for play no matter if you bought it on Xbox One and upgrade to Xbox Series X/S later or whatever.

Making next-gen upgrades a "premium" feature is a move that’s sure to sour a lot of players. PlayStation’s lack of a standard system for upgrade paths continues to be a confusing and frustrating aspect of the system, forcing publishers to come up with their own way of going about it. With Horizon Forbidden West launching in early 2022, stay tuned as we continue to follow this story and the game for further updates.

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    September 3, 2021 10:20 AM

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      September 3, 2021 11:09 AM

      Sony’s handling of this cross-gen stuff is ridiculously bad, especially compared to how things are on the Xbox.

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        September 3, 2021 11:18 AM

        Yeah I was pleasantly surprised when I moved all my games over from my X1X to the XSX that everything pretty much upgraded to the enhanced editions for the new console. Granted a lot of them had to be completely re-downloaded, but that wasn’t too terrible.

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      September 3, 2021 11:11 AM

      This shit just doesn't exist on Xbox and it's fucking terrible on Sony. There's no defending it at all

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        September 3, 2021 11:29 AM

        Yup. If Xbox didn’t do it, it would be somewhat understandable. But Xbox did it since day one and Sony has only regressed further since, offering less free updates, not more.

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        September 3, 2021 11:45 AM

        It does exist on Xbox just not 1st party titles.

        THPS 1&2 required the deluxe edition for the series S/X upgrade.

        CoD Black ops cold war also required a "next gen upgrade" tier.

        There's a few more titles I can't think of at the moment.

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      September 3, 2021 11:15 AM

      so on GameaPass I just get major new first party games included as well next gen updates for back compat while on PS5 I have to rebuy this stuff? Much as I want a PS5 for some exclusives the total cost of ownership just looks so atrocious in comparison.

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        September 3, 2021 11:47 AM

        Game pass just makes the comparison unfair. It sounds like if you don’t have game pass, Xbox is still way better than PS5 in this respect.

        I’m all up in that game pass though

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          September 3, 2021 11:54 AM

          yeah I mean GamePass is just at a point where it's too good a deal not to have. If you consume any reasonable amount of games normally then GamePass is going to both save you money and get you to try more games than you otherwise would have.

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            September 3, 2021 11:55 AM

            The zero barrier to entry for trying lots of new games is the killer feature IMO. The games I have put the most time into are ones I would not have bought for myself.

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              September 3, 2021 12:00 PM

              same, definitely an unexpected benefit. The psychology of 'owning' Yakuza vs seeing it on a Steam sale for $3 is still a big difference in whether I try something wacky I normally wouldn't even if it's well loved by a lot of people.

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      September 3, 2021 11:16 AM

      i have a feeling shit like this will be viewed like the classic PS3 hubris Sony showed previously coming off the ps2's success, then got trounced by MS. With this gen, MS seems to be doing everything right while sony.... they are very lucky to have so many crucial exclusives...

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        September 3, 2021 11:49 AM

        It’s funny how reliably they swap positions like that.

        These days though, with both consoles using similar architecture and probably staying that way for a while, maybe this will hurt Sony longer term.

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          September 3, 2021 2:49 PM

          I don’t think this will hurt Sony any time soon. Their momentum now is just fucking crazy compared to Xbox.

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        September 3, 2021 1:53 PM

        I don't think luck plays a significant role in producing great exclusives.

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        September 3, 2021 2:57 PM

        PS5 has so many good exclusives that I don’t think it’ll phase them in the least.

        Microsoft’s buying spree will hopefully do the same thing for Xbox, but so far, it’s only really been a boon to folks subscribed to Game Pass. My big fear is that all the Xbox stuff winds up like Sea is Thieves where it’s released as a shell of a game that’s fleshed out over time.

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          September 3, 2021 3:33 PM

          Oh I am not saying it will, just they are lucky they are in that position because right now MS is much better value proposition. Once the gamepass heavy hitters start getting released it will look even better

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