The Confusing Maze of the First Year of PS5

UPDATE: Spider-Man: Miles Morales is $49.99 for both the PS4 and PS5. I thought those prices were confirmed at the time, but they were speculation based on a previous Sony pricing for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Sorry about the mistake.

Navigating the confusing first year of the PS5 is something that even the person who eats and sleeps the industry will find challenging. If you are that very person, perhaps you’re wondering what I’m even saying. After all, everything coming to the PS4 will either be playable on the PS5 or is getting a PS5 version. What could be confusing about this first year? You’re right; it’s not confusing if you’re okay with spending more money than you need to.

BIG BREATH, Spider-Man: Miles Morales on the PS5 is $50, but if you buy it on the PS4, its only $40 and comes with a free upgrade to the PS5. If you want to play the PS5 version of 2018’s Spiderman, though, you’ll need to buy the Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition for $70. If that was a lot, don’t worry because we’re only getting started. For now, let’s stick with PlayStation’s first-party titles. With Horizon Forbidden West’s split release, players will have another chance to save money: $60 on the PS4 and $70 on the PS5. Alongside with Horizon, if the rumors of God of War: Ragnarok coming to PS4 are correct, then fans of the highly anticipated sequel will once again be able to save another $10. And if all this jumping through hoops is too much for you, I understand entirely. Thankfully, games such as Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart and Demon Souls will exclusive to the PS5. The only way you’re getting these games is by paying full price. You’re welcome!

As for 3rd party developers, it’s a maze of a different color. While some are straight forward, it wouldn’t be next-gen if we didn’t have a few outliers. Games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watchdogs Legion, and Cyberpunk will upgrade, either at launch or shortly after, to their PS5 version for free. About those outliers, though. Hitman 3 is coming to both PS4 and PS5 in January, and while the game does offer a free upgrade, it’s only for players who buy the digital version of the game. While I couldn’t find a price point for Hitman 3 on next-gen, this could be another example for players to save $10. The last example I have is one that leads to the moment that has left a lot of people with some questions

Yakuza: Like a Dragon will launch worldwide on November 10, but won’t come to the PS5 until March 2, 2021. Xbox having what would essentially be a console launch exclusive for their next-gen system isn’t that surprising. It is surprising, though, unlike with the Xbox Series X, Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s saves won’t carry over from the PS4 to the PS5. For me, that’s perfectly fine because it gives me a reason to wait until March to play a game that I’m so excited to check out. While this is only a year one issue, does this lack of cross-save show a possibly more significant problem?

The developers of games like Avengers, Destiny 2, and Spider-Man: Miles Morales have said that they will support cross-saves, but the list of games that don’t support the feature is troubling. Dirt 5, Spider-Man Remastered, and now Yakuza: Like a Dragon are just a few won’t allow players to continue their progress from the previous-gen version. The concern for soon-to-be PS5 owners is that Microsoft has confirmed that every game will work with each upgrade, while PlayStation seems to be leaving it up to each developer. While I would love to be confident that the talented team at CD Projekt Red will make my saves transferable to the PS5 version of Cyberpunk, it’s 2020. Hopefully, by now, we’ve all learned never to get our hopes up again.

If I may contradict myself, though, I am hopeful that PlayStation will make me look silly for having these concerns. Before I know it, an article on the PlayStation Blog will explain away any concerns I may have. At least, that’s the dream. Granted, we’re a month out from the console’s launch, and we still don’t know anything about simple features for the console like the U.I., but that doesn’t mean we should be concerned about anything, right? Well, I’ve given you not only the rundown of how to save a few extra bucks but also the concern of cross-saves. Now it’s time for the more important question. What are your thoughts on all of this? Am I concerned over nothing, or is this a big deal?

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