How to switch PS4 games to their PS5 version
While the PS5 will have some great games coming up in the future, there are also some great games launched for PS4 last year that you can switch to a PS5 version.
If your game is a cross-gen title, you can change the PS4 versions of those games you purchased to a PS5 version. And in many cases it should be free. Provided the studio has not charged for the upgrade.
Why should you do this? Simple indeed. Because the PS5 update of the game will have more graphics power than the PS4 version. This means it will look better, play smoother, and be more fun overall.
And since these updates are free, why not accept their offer from the studios to get the update? If you’re not sure how to upgrade your cross-gen PS4 games to the PS5 version, this short guide can walk you through it. It’s a pretty quick and painless process and you’ll be glad you did.
How to switch from your PS4 games to their PS5 version
Make sure the games are installed
Before you can upgrade to the PS5 version of the game purchased for PS4, you will need to install them first.
So make sure you go to the my library section of the games tab, which should be at the end after all currently installed games. Here you will find all the games linked to your PSN account that have been purchased digitally.
Find the ones you want to upgrade to the PS5 version and install those games. Keep in mind that most games from the PS4 era will not have upgradeable versions.
If you haven’t purchased the ones you want to digitally update, you can still install the game from the disc and upgrade to the PS5 version later.
Highlight the game and press the options button
Once the game is installed, hover over the game and then press the options button on the controller. You will see a dialog box appear to the right of the game icon.
In that dialog there is an option labeled game version. Press it and if there is a PS5 update available for the game, it will be listed among the versions you have. Switch to that and you’re basically done.
Note, however, that you may need to install multiple game files if they are not already installed on your system. So even after upgrading to the PS5 update, you may still not be able to play.
You can easily tell which version of the game you have
When you look at your game library, it’s actually quite easy to figure out which version of the game you have installed.
Just look at the game title. If it is a PS5 version of the game, only the title will be listed. If it’s the PS4 version of a game, you’ll see the title and the word PS4 next to it.
This little denotation is easy to miss if you’re not really looking for it. But now that you know it’s there, you can easily identify the version in the future.
If you update your PS4 game from a disc, you need to keep it inside the PS5 to play
If the cross-gen game you want to update is a disc copy, you will still need to keep the disc inside the PS5 console while playing the PS5 version.
The PS5 version of the game is a digital download. But the original copy you bought is physical, and that’s how Sony set it up. He explains it in the FAQ. Just remember to insert the disc into the console as if you were playing on PS4. Do it and you will always be okay.