If you’re buying PS4 games in the next few months, keep an eye out for a new “PS5 Upgrade Available” badge.
As discovered by VGC, Sony added the discreet blue badge at the bottom of compatible titles like Ubisoft’s upcoming Immortals Fenyx Rising. The badge means these games are getting a free next generation upgrade for PS5, which basically makes them look nicer than they did before.
The badge is far more subtle than Microsoft’s Xbox Smart Delivery / Optimized for Xbox Series X logo. However, this is likely because the PS5 game bags are quite different from those on PS4 thanks to the white header and large PS5 logo.
Free for all?
Unfortunately, not all current generation titles receive free next generation upgrade treatment. Activision’s Call of Duty: The Cold War at Black Ops is one of the worst offenders in terms of the number of hoops consumers jump through to get the right version of the game. Under Remedy Entertainment’s control, players must purchase the new Ultimate Edition of the game instead.
However, one of the best free announcements for next-gen upgrades came from the Projekt Red developer CD, which announced The Witcher 3 had support for the PS5, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X with additions like ray tracing and Super-Fast is obtained loading times. Cyberpunk 2077 will also receive a free next generation upgrade later.