Sony and Microsoft will debut their new and shiny consoles in 2020 and 2021, with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox series X. EA confirms its current games will be upgraded free to your next-gen consoles on PlayStation 5 and Xbox series X.
Electronic Arts COO Blake Jorgensen, spoked on call earnings to shareholders and press last night. He confirmed the free upgrades and said that “possible effect on revenue recognition from the games we are launching for the current generation of consoles that can also be upgraded free for the next generation.”
However, it isn’t clear that publishers won’t make game exclusive to next generation consoles.
It’s likely that, if you buy “Battlefield” game on PlayStation 4, you will have the option to transfer it somehow on PlayStation 5 or the game will skip current Xbox One and PS4 generation and go directly to the next-gen systems.
While we know that Microsoft will not charge any extra pay walls from the users to play same title across all platforms in the Xbox family, Sony has not confirmed yet about this. So perhaps, EA is pointing something that PlayStation is close to announce.
Battle Royale Apex Legends will be launching free on PS5 and Xbox Series X in the near future, recently suggested by a job listing at EA owned studio Respawn Entertainment and there’s no telling how many titles the publishers plan to bring over with it in next gen. EA also announced that we can expect to see several new titles from the publisher this year. It includes Madden 21, FIFA 21 and an unannounced HD title.
Xbox is going to unveil a whole lot more details about the list of upcoming Xbox series games. Xbox may probably unveil details by the end of may month.
The upgraded consoles will be backward-compatible with many games from the previous generation. Services like monthly free games and online access will cross over, some hardware and accessories will be shared; built-in streaming options mean improved portability. Overall, the whole conversion seems to be relatively easy.
EA’s commitment to cross-gen upgrade is the first one. Several developers and publishers though have floated the idea while others supported it, pending approval from the console makers themselves. The confirmation could trigger large masses of announcements. Others hurry to assure gamers that they, too, will provide this option.
Microsoft and Sony are the first one for approach. On the other hand, console makers are under immense pressure to launch their consoles successfully.
Hopefully soon we’ll know more on how the upgrade paths will work on next-gen consoles. Microsoft has done tremendously well with communication as of late, but Sony needs to reveal more info.
Microsoft has declared that the upcoming Xbox Series X will come equipped with Smart Delivery. which means,
- It will allow gamers to port over their games from current- to next-gen consoles, or
- It will allow gamers to exclusively purchase the game again.
On the other hand, Sony has only announced a backwards compatibility feature until now for the PS5. Sony also announced that developers have tested this feature and claims that 100 most-played PS4 games are compatible. These titles will be available at launch.