PS5 backward compatibility means that thousands of PS4 games will be playable on PS5 (available for preorder now), but publishers are still selling separate PS5 versions of a lot of games. Thankfully, some of these companies are also offering free upgrades to the PS5 version of a game if you've purchased the PS4 version previously. Not every title coming to both PS4 and PS5 will be eligible for free upgrades, so we've compiled a list of the games that do.
Unless noted, physical editions of PS4 games can only be upgraded with the standard PS5 console, as you'll still need to insert the disc to verify the game license.
PS4 games with free PS5 upgrades
|Game||Resolution||Frame rate||Free PS5 upgrade||Upgrade release date|
|Assassin's Creed Valhalla||—||—||Yes||November 2020|
|Borderlands 3||4K||60FPS||Yes||November 2020|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War||4K||120FPS||Yes||November 2020|
|Dead By Daylight||4K||60FPS||Yes||TBD|
|Destiny 2||4K||60FPS||Yes||November 2020|
|Dirt 5||4K||120FPS||Yes||Launch day|
|Far Cry 6||—||—||Yes||2021|
|FIFA 21||—||—||Yes (Before FIFA 22)||Holiday 2020|
|Hitman 3||—||—||Yes (Only digital)||2021|
|Horizon Forbidden West||4K||60FPS||Yes||2021|
|Immortals Fenyx Rising||—||—||Yes||TBD|
|Kena: Bridge of Spirits||—||—||Yes||TBD|
|Little Nightmares 2||—||—||Yes||TBD|
|Madden NFL 21||—||—||Yes (Before Madden NFL 22)||Holiday 2020|
|Marvel's Avengers||4K||60FPS||Yes||Holiday 2020|
|Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales||4K||60FPS||Yes||November 2020|
|Monster Boy And The Cursed Kingdom||4K||120FPS||Yes||TBD|
|NBA 2K21||—||—||Yes (Only with Mamba Forever Edition)||TBD|
|Puyo-Puyo Tetris 2||—||—||Yes||December 2020|
|Rainbow Six Siege||4K||120FPS||Yes||TBD|
|Sackboy: A Big Adventure||—||—||Yes||Launch day|
|The Elder Scrolls Online||—||—||Yes||TBD|
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||—||—||Yes||TBD|
|Watch Dogs: Legion||—||—||Yes||TBD|
|Yakuza: Like A Dragon||—||—||Yes||TBD|
PS4 games not receiving free PS5 upgrades
Notably, owners of Marvel's Spider-Man will not receive a free upgrade for the remastered PS5 edition. The only way to get the PS5 version is through the Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition bundle. Sony is not planning on releasing it as a standalone title. (You should still be able to play your PS4 copy on PS5 through backward compatibility, though).
Control will also not receive a free upgrade on PS5. Instead, publisher 505 Games is asking that players purchase Control Ultimate Edition to receive a free upgrade.
Get your hands on it before it sells out
The PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition are now available to preorder from your favorite retailers. Stock is coming and going, so it's best to preorder as soon as possible. Launch day games include Demon's Souls, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Sackboy, and more.
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- See PS5 Digital Edition at Amazon
- See PS5 at Target
- See PS5 Digital Edition at Target
- PlayStation 5: Everything we know so far
- PS5 vs. Xbox Series X: How they compare
- PS5 Specs: What's in the next-gen PlayStation
- Will PS4 games work on the PlayStation 5?
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