With Horizon Forbidden West two weeks away from launch, you may be beginning to think about pre-ordering the title. If that’s the case, then here’s a swift reminder to buy the game on the PlayStation 4 and not on the PS5. That’s because, after some backtracking, Sony announced that it will honour the release’s free PS4 to PS5 upgrade, which can save you a few bucks.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re buying physically or digitally. Currently, on the PS Store, Aloy’s sophomore adventure costs £59.99/$59.99 to pre-order on the PS4 and £69.99/$69.99 to pre-order on the PS5. But if you buy the PS4 version, which is £10/$10 less, you’ll still be able to download the PS5 edition for free. There’s no catch here – you’ll get the full next-gen release at a lower price.
If you are looking to buy digitally, remember to do so with your Internet browser and not your console, as it’s been pointed out that the PS4 version of Horizon Forbidden West may not show in search results on your PS5 console. Again, you’ll still get access to the full next-gen version at a discount, despite Sony’s attempts to charge you extra.
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The same is true if you prefer physical, by the way. Amazon is flogging the PS5 version for £69.99/$69.99, but if you grab a PS4 copy for £59.99/$59.99, you’ll still be able to download the next-gen experience for free. Keep in mind that you will need to have your PS4 disc in your PS5 in order to play the game, but that’s par for the course with physical games, isn’t it?
Sony is being a teensy bit sneaky here, to be honest. Despite offering a free upgrade, it’s perhaps banking on people being unaware of that, and buying the more expensive PS5 version anyway. Don’t fall for it, folks – buy this game on the PS4 and you’ll still be able to enjoy the next-gen version in its entirety, without any cutbacks or compromises.