Horizon upgrades for free to PS5
Jim Ryan has had to go on stage to clarify what happened with the launch of Horizon Forbidden West. We knew that the standard editions were left out of the generational update (it forced the user to buy the game again to play it on PS5), and all this generated a wave of criticism towards the company, which had promised free updates from one generation to another.
Well, the situation had become so hostile, that Jim Ryan himself had to release a statement informing that they have rectified, and that the physical and digital versions of Horizon Forbidden West for PS4 can be updated completely free of charge to that of PS5.
Last year we made a commitment to offer free updates to our cross-generation launch titles, which included Horizon Forbidden West. While the profound impact of the pandemic pushed Forbidden West out of the launch window we initially envisioned, we will keep our offering: Players who purchase Horizon Forbidden West on PlayStation 4 will be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version for free.
Free, but just this once
The generation update will be free for Horizon Forbidden West, but there will be no more such actions. The president of Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that the procedure that will be carried out with the versions of PS4 and PS5 of the next exclusive titles of the company will allow the jump from PS4 to PS5 at a cost of 10 dollars.
That is to say, it is very likely that the special versions of God of War and Gran Turismo 7 have the generational update, but the standard versions, as with the first Horizon launch idea, will be different versions, so those users Who buy the PS4 version first and then want to jump to the PS5 version, they will have to pay an extra $ 10 to download the digital version.
Xbox has the advantage
This measure of the 10 dollars has raised, again, more criticism against Sony’s strategy, pointing out that Microsoft’s Smart Delivery technology is just what all users are looking for. The idea of Xbox is that any user can buy the version that best suits him, and then play the new generation version when he needs it at no cost. This is something that Microsoft has been continually emphasizing in all its releases, and now is when some users are realizing the importance of the message.
Xbox wants you to focus on the experience of the game regardless of the platform or when you are going to play it, a very brave decision that seems to be paying off. Sony’s choice is completely understandable considering the development teams that are needed today to bring big productions to life, but it could backfire if you don’t keep an eye on the market.