Xbox UK apparently made fun of the news that Sony is charging people additional fees for playing Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered on the PS5, even if they own the original game on the PS4.
While Microsoft didn’t explicitly name Sony, it posted a tweet about Smart Delivery for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, claiming it had a “step-by-step” thread on how it works. Instead of starting a huge Twitter thread, just followed the Xbox UK account by “Just buy the game”.
But that second tweet was accompanied by the winking face of Calvin Candie, the disgusting but captivating antagonist of Quentin Tarantino̵
Here is a thread on how to play games on Xbox Series X | Can update S with Smart Delivery in a few easy steps ? pic.twitter.com/Ra1gYFcZZXSeptember 24, 2020
And that’s a bit understandable. Microsoft did a great deal with Smart Delivery, which allows you to upgrade to an Xbox Series X or Series S version of a game that you purchased on the Xbox One at no additional cost. All first-party Xbox games will have Smart Delivery, as will third-party titles like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Dirt 5. This is a very player-friendly move and a pretty compelling argument in favor of opting for a next-gen Xbox over the PS5.
However, there are games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Marvel’s Avengers that get a free upgrade from the PS4 version to the PS5. And Sony has already confirmed that those who buy the new game Spider-Man: Miles Morales for PS4 will get a free upgrade to the PS5 version. As such, not every game is likely to suffer from Sony’s flawed approach to next-gen upgrades.
It’s worth noting that Sony has stated that 99 percent of PS4 games will be playable on the PS5, although these won’t be remastered versions. However, Sony’s PS Plus collection offers a curated list of exclusive PS4 games that can run on the PS5, presumably with some tweaks (even if it’s just loading times) for a subscription fee.
While the Xbox UK tweet seemed in a good mood, it made a good point on intergenerational gaming. However, Sony has stated that it is very focused on delivering next generation gaming experiences rather than creating a gaming ecosystem like Microsoft appears to be doing.
Granted, it has withdrawn a bit as exclusive games like Horizon Forbidden West are also arriving on the PS4. But Sony’s PS5 game grid looks stronger than the Xbox Series X, which lost a major starting title after Halo Infinite was postponed to 2021.
Overall, both consoles don’t have a particularly strong selection of startup games, which is why we’ve argued that you don’t need a PS5 or Xbox Series X to get started. But that didn’t stop pre-orders for the console from selling out very quickly.
To pre-order the PS5 in the US, visit our dedicated PS5 pre-order page. UK PlayStation fans can check out the UK PS5 pre-order page. And for Xbox fans there is a pre-order page for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S as well as a corresponding pre-order page for Xbox Series X and Series S UK.