How to Upgrade PS4 games to PS5 (Easy Ways)

Do you have a library of games on your PS4 that you're not ready to part with? Maybe you're waiting for the PS5 to come out so you can upgrade them and keep your progress. Or, perhaps you just don't want to spend any more money on new games until the PS5 is released. Fear not, upgrade-happy gamer!

If you are looking for how to upgrade PS4 games to PS5 then read this article.


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How to Upgrade PS4 Games to PS5

how to upgrade ps4 games to ps5

There are a few ways to upgrade your PS4 eligible games to PlayStation 5. The easiest way is to upgrade them digitally. To upgrade digitally, just follow these steps:

1. Visit the Home screen of PS5

2. Scroll to Game Library

3. Here, you will find your games Collection that you can upgrade to the PS5 version

4. Go to Your Collection

5. Now Select & Tap on the Game to upgrade. 

6. Look for three dots[…] beside the Download button

7. Go to the View Product page

8. Main page for the selected game will appear

9. Go to the right side of the screen to click the three dots[…] 

10. A menu option appears where you will see the Game’s PS5 Upgrade Edition

11. Click on Download

In some of the games, it might not be so obvious. For example, if you have No Man’s Sky. Then go to the game’s main page and click the three dots to select “View Product.” The PS4 & PS5 versions of this game appear on the top. Click Download to get your desired version.

Let’s take another game. Go to the Search bar on the top and type the Game’s name. You will be able to see if the Game is providing a Free upgrade to PS5 right on your screen.

Press the Options and scroll down to Game Version to switch between PS4 and PS5 versions on the Game.

You’ll need to use the PlayStation Game Hub or PS Store to update your PS4 games.

Upgrade an existing disc-based PS4 game on a PS5 Console

People rarely use disc-based PS4 games nowadays. Most upgrade their games to PS5 digitally. But, if you want to upgrade your game disc, you can do so on a PS5 console.

Just follow these steps:

1. Open your existing account on the PS5 console and log in.

2. Insert the PS4 game disc and select “Game Hub.”

3. After you’ve seen the upgrade offer on the game hub, you may accept or decline it.

4. Tap on Download

5. Once the download is complete, you are eligible to play the PS4 game, but you need to keep the disc inserted.

PlayStation 4 upgraded games will play in higher definition, with improved frame rates and quicker load times

What games can be upgraded to the PS5 digital version?

There may be several limitations to how third-party publishers handle upgrading.

Although most upgrades are free, some need you to buy a special edition at an additional cost to utilize the upgrade path. Others are technically free, but you must have the digital version of PS4 to access them.

If you have a physical disc, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to your account insert the PS4 disc into your PS5 system.
  2. Make sure your PS5 console has an ultra HD blu ray drive for this to work.
  3. Go to the Game hub and look for the upgrade offer; after that, you may download the digital PS5 version of the game on your PC.

The only restriction is to have the disc inserted when playing that game.

Free PS4 to PS5 Upgrades

Here’s a list of PS4 games that let you upgrade to the PS5 game for free.

  • A plague Tale: Innocence
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Atelier Ryza 2
  • Battlefield 2042 (Save Transfer)
  • Borderlands 3 (Save Transfer)
  • Bugsnax
  • Control
  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time (Save Transfer)
  • Cricket 22: The Official Game of the Ashes
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Destiny 2
  • DIRT 5 (doesn’t Save Transfer)
  • DOOM Eternal (doesn’t Save Transfer)
  • Elden Ring
  • F1 2021
  • Far Cry 6
  • FIFA 21
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (Save Transfer)
  • For Honor (Save Transfer)
  • Godfall
  • Ghostrunner
  • GreedFall
  • Guilty Gear Strive
  • Hades
  • Hitman 3 (Save Transfer)
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising (Save Transfer)
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • King Oddball
  • Little Nightmares 2
  • Knockout City (Save Transfer)
  • Kona
  • Lost Judgement
  • Madden NFL 21
  • Maid of Sker
  • Maneater
  • Manifold Garden
  • Marvel’s Avengers (Save Transfer)
  • Metro Exodus
  • Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
  • Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
  • Mortal Shell
  • Nioh
  • The Pathless
  • Train Sim World 2
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Extraction (Save Transfer)
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 (Save Transfer)
  • Outriders
  • Planet Coaster: Console Edition
  • Port Royale 4
  • Praey for the Gods
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Resident Evil 3
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • Resident Evil Village
  • RIDE 4
  • Riders Republic (Save Transfer)
  • Subnautica
  • Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • World War Z: Aftermath
  • Watch Dogs Legion

PS5 Digital Edition vs PS5

The two major differences between the PS5 Digital Edition vs PS5 are the 4K UHD Blu-ray disc drive and the cost. 

The PS5 Digital Edition does not need a disc drive, and it costs around $399.99/€399.99. In contrast, the PS5 does include a disc drive and costs approximately $499.99/€499.99.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Upgrades

How much does it cost to upgrade PS4 games to PS5?

Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, mentioned that future first-party titles would come at a price. In the Playstation blog post, he said, “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 digital upgrade option from PS4 to PS5.”

Do physical PS4 games get a PS5

If you have a physical PS4 game, you can also upgrade to PS5 versions as long as you purchased the system with a disc drive. The PS5 version will always be playable using the PS4 disk; upgrading does not entitle you to a free digital copy of the software.

Can I put PS4 discs on PS5?

To upgrade an eligible PS4 game on a disc to the digital PS5 version, you’ll need a PS5 console with a disc drive. The PlayStation®5 Digital Edition cannot be used with PS4 game discs.

What are some of the best Bluetooth headphones for PS4?

Some of the best Bluetooth headphones for PS4 games or PlayStation 5 are:
SteelSeries Artis Pro
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2
Sony PULSE 3D Wireless Headset

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