PS5 backward compatibility means that thousands of PS4 games will be playable on PS5, 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||4K||60FPS||Yes||Out now|
|Borderlands 3||4K||60FPS||Yes||Out now|
|Dead By Daylight||4K||60FPS||Yes||TBD|
|Destiny 2||4K||60FPS||Yes||Out now|
|Dirt 5||4K||120FPS||Yes||Out now|
|Far Cry 6||4K||60FPS||Yes||2021|
|FIFA 21||—||—||Yes (Before FIFA 22)||December 4, 2020|
|For Honor||4K||60FPS||Yes||December 2020|
|Hitman 3||—||—||Yes (Only digital)||2021|
|Horizon Forbidden West||—||—||Yes||2021|
|Immortals Fenyx Rising||4K||60FPS||Yes||December 3, 2020|
|Just Dance 2021||—||—||Yes||Out now|
|Kena: Bridge of Spirits||—||—||Yes||TBD|
|Little Nightmares 2||—||—||Yes||TBD|
|Madden NFL 21||—||—||Yes (Before Madden NFL 22)||December 4, 2020|
|Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales||4K||60FPS||Yes||Out now|
|Monster Boy And The Cursed Kingdom||4K||120FPS||Yes||TBD|
|Mortal Kombat 11||4K||—||Yes||Out now|
|NBA 2K21||—||—||Yes (Only with Mamba Forever Edition)||TBD|
|No Man's Sky||4K||60FPS||Yes||Out now|
|Outriders||—||—||Yes||February 2, 2021|
|Puyo-Puyo Tetris 2||—||—||Yes||December 2020|
|Rainbow Six Siege||4K||120FPS||Yes||TBD|
|Sackboy: A Big Adventure||—||—||Yes||Out now|
|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.
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The PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition are now available but stock is incredibly hard to come by. If you're one of the lucky few you snatched one up, you can look forward to games like Horizon Forbidden West and the God of War sequel in the future.
Cold war ain't free cause they gonna charge $10 for the next generation upgrade fee.
I've removed from the list. I was lumping the cross-gen bundle in there because I included NBA 2K21, which only offers a free upgrade with the more expensive Mamba Forever Edition, but the more I thought about it the more I realize that a cross-gen bundle isn't exactly the same as a special/deluxe edition of a game. Cheers.
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