Microsoft has put the usual next-generation console transition process to the test with a new Smart Delivery feature that lets you buy the Xbox One version of a current generation game and upgrade to the better-looking Xbox Series X /. S version free. At first, Sony seemed a little hesitant about the idea of free PS5 updates and only promised that they would “support it flexibly [publisher̵
However, since Sony’s initial reaction, the smart delivery concept has quickly caught on. Numerous titles like Marvel’s Avengers, Dirt 5 and Cyberpunk 2077 both promise free Xbox-One-to-Xbox series and Upgrades from PS4 to PS5. And now we have another sign that Sony has hit on the concept – as the folks at Video Games Chronicle have seen, PS4 games that offer a PS5 upgrade, like Immortal’s Fenyx Rising, appear to be labeled with a standardized label be.
Sony doesn’t have a catchy name like “Smart Delivery,” but the fact that they are promoting next-generation upgrades in the first place is a start for the company. One wonders how widespread this label will be – can we expect games like NBA 2K21 and Control, which only offer next generation upgrades for those who buy their special editions, to include them? I suppose we’ll see.
It will also be interesting to see if Sony offers free smart delivery style upgrades to some of its own games at some point – it is very likely that games like The Last of Us Part II, God of War and Ghost of Tsushima will end PS5 finally, but Sony hasn’t made any official announcements yet. Hopefully the company promoting free third-party PS5 upgrades is the first sign we don’t have to pay twice to see Kratos or Ellie in all their next-gen glory.
What do you think of the next generation free upgrade? Do you often see yourself benefiting from this or are you just waiting to buy games for PS5 and Xbox Series X / S?