To upgrade PS4 games to PS5 for free, PlayStation 5 owners need to navigate through the PlayStation Store in order to select the next-gen version of their game. As the PS5 will occasionally lumber users with the last-gen editions of the games they’ve installed, in order to make the upgrade, players must follow the below steps.
How to upgrade PS4 games to PS5
Upgrading PS4 games to PS5 for free will require you to go to the PS Store. While there are other methods to upgrade to next-gen versions of your PS4 games, the below method is the only one that will consistently work.
To upgrade your PS4 games to PS5, follow these steps:
- Uninstall the PS4 version of the game on your PS5
- Go to the official PlayStation site and sign in to your account
- Click on your avatar and select Game Library from the dropdown menu
- Click ‘Download’ on your PS4 game(s) and select your PS5 as the destination
Why can’t I upgrade my PS4 games to PS5?
Taking other steps to upgrade from PS4 to PS5 can result in the PlayStation Store attempting to charge you for what should be a free upgrade, if you have paid for a version of a game that should include the PS5 edition. This can lead to you being unable to upgrade your games from PS4 to PS5 until you follow the above steps.
However, there are certain games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War that will require you to purchase an upgrade if you have only purchased their standard PS4 edition and wish to download their PS5 version. Many games offer next-gen upgrades free of charge, with only a select few not offering players the ability to do so.