The PS5 welcomes a new update that adds a handy feature. Now, when you launch a cross-gen game, the console will warn you if you are playing the PS4 version instead of the PS5 version.
The PS5 (like the Xbox Series X, for that matter) relies on a smooth transition between the old and the new generation of consoles. But sometimes that causes little issues that Sony is fixing with a new update. Now a message is displayed if you are launching a PS4 version of a game available on PS5.
The PS5 runs almost all PS4 games. For titles coming out on both generations at the same time, like Assassin’s Creed or Spider-Man Miles Morales, things got a little more complicated. If you have the PS4 version, you have the PS5 version for free and vice versa. It could therefore happen that on the new console, players launch the PS4 version of their game. A bit of a shame.
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Sony will now notify you if you launch the PS4 version of a game available on PS5. A window will then appear prompting you to upgrade to the next version. The update is being deployed and you should be able to download it to your console. If this is not the case, it will be necessary to wait a few hours, even a few days, before having it.
Series X directly launches the right game
This warning only applies to games that allow you to upgrade from a PS4 version to a PS5 version for free via Sony. The titles not offering it, like Devil May Cry 5, must indeed be redeemed to take advantage of the features of the new console. Note that this problem does not exist on the Microsoft X Series. The machine automatically launches the Series X version of a game, without even asking the user for advice (which seems logical).
Some games have been released on PS4, but not yet on PS5, with this version coming later. This is the case with Cyberpunk 2077 or Control. We can easily imagine that this window will appear on the day of their release for all those who already play it on new generation consoles.