How To Upgrade PS3 Games To PS4 Games

Want to turn your PS3 games into PS4 games? It's not hard. You just have to follow these steps.

Today PlayStation Access released a cute video about the upgrade process, which might not be available for every cross-gen game, but has been confirmed for some, like Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed IV, both announced for current-gen and next-gen systems. You can buy both games on PS3, then pay a little extra ($10) to play them on PS4 too.

Keep in mind the video is British: you obviously won't have to pay in pounds if you live in Australia.

And via Sony, here's a step-by-step text walkthrough:


  • Step 1: Open an account on the PlayStation Network (or log in to PlayStation Network using your existing PlayStation Network ID account).
  • Step 2: Select the PlayStation Store icon on the PS3 system home screen.
  • Step 3: On PlayStation Store, select 'Redeem Codes' at the bottom of the menu.
  • Step 4: Enter the voucher code ("Code") exactly as it appears on the voucher.
  • Step 5: Once the Code has been entered correctly, select 'Continue' on the dialog box.
  • Step 6: Select 'Confirm' to accept the Terms of Service.
  • Step 7: Select 'Continue' to complete Code redemption.
  • Step 8: The Code redemption is now complete. The Code cannot be used again or associated with a different SEN account. Once you have your PS4 system, you can proceed with the next step.


  • Step 1: On your PS4 system, register the PS4 system with the SEN account through which you redeemed the Code.
  • Step 2: Select the PlayStation Store icon on the PS4 system home screen.
  • Step 3: Search for the name of the game on PlayStation Store and select 'Purchase' to download digital version of the same game to your PS4 system hard drive. The discounted price will be deducted from your network wallet according to the Terms of Service and User Agreement.
  • Step 4: Insert the PS3 game disc into your PS4 system**.

**PS3 game disc required to play digital version of the game on your PS4 system.

See Promotion Restrictions for Each Game.


  • Step 1: Buy or pre-order the PS3 digital version of the game from PlayStation Store or Sony Entertainment Network Store.
  • Step 2: In PlayStationStore or Sony Entertainment Network Store, find the PS4 digital version of the game as soon as it becomes available. The special price will be available for accounts who purchased the PS3 Digital version of the game from the PlayStationStore.
  • Step 3: Buy or pre-order the PS4 digital version of the game at the special offer price. See Promotion Restrictions for Each Game.

Easy enough, right?


    I was hoping this for Diablo III - but unless it's confirmed, I'll just wait for the PS4 version.

    Interesting... The little ** caveat is something I'm sure people will bitch about endlessly, despite having just received a free/discount digital copy.

      ... Yes, they should be happy that Sony lied about "oh, the systems are totally different and it won't be able to read PS3 discs" so they could double-dip on old purchases. If it requires the disc to play, it's not a digital purchase.

      If they expanded this to cover PS1 and 2 games, that would be something.

        ^ This.

        If I was able to play PS1&2 games on it I would get the PS4 in a heartbeat. My PS1 is starting to show its age so I now use an emulator on PC so I can revisit the games of my youth, its now been retired to my display wall with my SNES and Sega Saturn.

        Don't be stupid, just because the PS3 and PS4 both feature Bluray drives doesn't mean the CPU architecture didn't completely change. A PS4 is no more able to play Xbox 360 games as it is able to play PS3 games.

        Disc contains data in bluray, which is readable. But that's about as far as PS4 can get with it - read some data.

        The disc is required to ensure people ACTUALLY have a copy of the game and not just using their mate's code to download a free/discounted game. It would be open to massive rorting other wise, similar to Rock Band. You are the exact kind of entitled person I was talking about. Sony NEVER once said the PS4 was capable of playing PS3 games... it still isn't. It is however capable of reading a disc to check it's there and allow playing of the downloaded game you have on the HDD... you are a simpleton too.

    Think I'll go digital for this one. Seems like less hassle and even at the higher price, by the time you take into account the discounted PS4 version it's still pretty good value for money.

    Does anyone know if there is a time frame in which you have to buy the PS4 version? I.e. if I buy the PS3 version on release day but don't get a PS4 until February or March, will I still be able to get the discounted PS4 version then? Although I suppose I could buy the PS4 version and just leave it there on my download list until I get the console.

      The video refers to this as being a limited offer, but doesn't say when the program will stop. So buying the upgrade before you buy the PS4 would be the simplest solution.

    I'm confused... does that mean i will be able to buy the last of us online on the ps4 even though i don't have a ps3 or the last of us already? Or do i have to buy a ps3 just to play the last of us?

      PS3 market and PS4 market are not the same. unless sony ports last of us to ps4 you never will be able to get in on ps4

      i never had a ps2, but i really wanted to play MGS3, GOW and GOW2. so i was lucky that my mate let me borrow his ps2 for a month and i rented those games. i hope you can do the same cuz as awsome as last of us is, i dont think it is worth it to buy a ps3 just for it.

    does this apply to all ps3 games ?
    like for example old games like say.. errr heavenly sword for etc
    its a very old game where u get the code for that?

      No, only new games that are already coming out from both. PS3 uses a different core architecture, it's not just a matter of flipping a switch or something, each game will need extensive and specific to it recompiling, or else an emulator in the PS4 needs to be run, which will be really hard with a powerful just-last gen, different architecture system like the PS3/Cell Processor. Even if PS3 had been an x386-based, it wouldn't be trivial, but include that Cell is nothing like it at all (Part of why people complained it was so hard to program for) and it is just unlikely.

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