Sony Confirms There’s No Free PS5 Upgrade For PS4 Spider-Man Players

Sony Confirms There’s No Free PS5 Upgrade For PS4 Spider-Man Players
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There are still a lot of questions surrounding Spider-Man on PlayStation 5. The good news? We have answers. The bad news? Well, the answers themselves.

As of now, there is no upgrade path to get the graphically-upgraded Spider-Man Remastered on PlayStation 5 for players who already own the original Spider-Man on PlayStation 4, according to a statement provided to Kotaku by Sony.

Here’s the statement in full:

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered is an enhanced version of Marvel’s Spider-Man, and is included as part of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition for the PlayStation 5. In addition, players who purchase Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PlayStation 4 can upgrade at no additional cost to the PS5 version of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and can take advantage of a paid-upgrade to download Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered.

There are no plans currently to offer Marvel’s-Spider-Man: Remastered as a standalone. Players with a copy of Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 can purchase Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition to experience Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered on PS5. Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 also will be backwards compatible on PS5.

Got that?

Not only is there not a free upgrade for the PS4 game. They can’t even just buy it, according to Sony’s statement.

PS4 Spider-Man owners who want to play the upgraded version of the Peter Parker game on PS5 need to buy the $124 Ultimate Edition of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, because that’s the only offering Sony is selling that includes the remaster.

Things get a little strange when other versions of Miles Morales enter the equation. By purchasing Miles Morales on PlayStation 4, players will also gain access to the PlayStation 5 version free of charge, but that’s just for Miles.

From there, a $30 “paid upgrade” will bump standard versions of Miles Morales up to the Ultimate Edition, which gives them the PS5 upgrade of the PS4 Peter Parker game.

“The paid upgrade offer is eligible both if you’re upgrading from PS4 to PS5 and if you buy the standard Miles Morales edition on PS5,” Sony said in a follow-up statement.

Sony notes that the PS4 version of Spider-Man will run on PS5. It’s just not the upgraded version. If you want Spider-Man Remastered, you’re going to have to buy Miles Morales at some point.


  • That’s gotta be some of the most confusing messaging there..

    So, you have Spiderman on PS4, it’ll run on PS5 (but not upgrade to ultimate which is just.. what? the graphics are nicer?)
    You buy Miles Morales on PS4, it’ll upgrade (just that portion) to PS5 pretty?
    You want to play on PS5 with the original spiderman game looking all next gen, you need to buy it again…

    I think this is a clear case of, if you’re in first place you don’t need to be as nice (this isn’t a straight dig at Sony, any company in #1 is going to be like this) as the folks who are trying to still make good with gamers (MS).

    • Both Sony and Microsoft’s marketing teams have dropped the ball on aspects of their console releases… whether it be from Spider Man’s “we want to give you something free but not really because we also want to make you pay”, through to Microsoft’s “I’m sure you’ll be able to to work out which XBox to buy based on the names ;)”. And these things should be so simple to get right…

      • Hmm. One company charging for next gen upgrades of titles you’ve bought, but with a naming system that may be confusing if you’re not paying attention when you slap your $750 down, and one offering free upgrades, but you’ll possibly have to make sure you’re not buying the differently priced/different looking, similarly named system when slapping your monies down.

        If I was in either marketing department I know which problem I’d prefer to be facing

        • Its a remaster of an old game they are bundling with the new game.

          I don’t think having to pay for a remaster of an old game is a big issue (i mean, otherwise hardly anyone would do that), the issue is that they have locked it to miles ultimate.

          Why do that, surely they understand that there is no need to make miles more attractive to people who want to buy it – its a launch title that looks fantastic.

          They deserve getting the flack, I particularly like the meme response by xbox of the old sony one. (though I will not that XBOX doesn’t force publishers to use Smart Delivery – so its a bit cheeky, note that its a disclaimer at the end of the meme)

  • One of my favourite PS4 games. In fact the only game i haven’t platinumed. But I just won’t bother with all this silliness.

  • Seems like it’s called a “remaster” just to charge people to get it, when the level of improvement would probably be comparable to the next gen upgrade that The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk will be getting for free.

  • This is kind of sad, they’re just milking their fanbase because they can – I’ll just stick to Spiderman/Miles Morales & Horizon on PS4 for now. So many Microsoft and third party games are getting free upgrades with enhancements on next-gen for no extra cost.

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