The grass is greener on the other side
Last week Sony opened the pre-orders for Horizon Forbidden West and revealed the numerous editions that players can buy. The announcement also came with the news that players stuck on PS4 would have to buy the more expensive edition of the game to get the PS5 version included.
This did not go down well with PlayStation fans. Thousands took to Twitter to show their dismay at Sony going back on its word; Horizon Forbidden West was originally slated as a launch title for the PS5 and in a post on the PlayStation Blog, Sony stated that Forbidden West, among others, would be eligible for free PS5 upgrades.
The FAQ for the Horizon Forbidden West pre-orders stated that there would be no opportunity to upgrade to the PS5 version in the future, and that only the more expensive editions of the game included PS5 entitlement. So if you bought the PS4 standard edition because you don’t care for digital trinkets or little toys, you would have to buy the game again on PS5.
Sony has since announced that Horizon Forbidden West will now grant those who buy the PS4 version the entitlement to the PS5 version without having to pay any extra. But that’s only half the story.
Sony is doubling down on its Dumb Delivery. If you don’t have a PS5 – understandable, they’re expensive, we’re in a pandemic, and they’re bloody hard to find – then you’ll have to pay $10 to upgrade any future exclusive’s from PS4 to PS5, and this includes Gran Turismo 7 and God of War.
Meanwhile, over on Xbox, you get the next-gen versions of every first-party cross-gen release at no extra cost. The grass really is greener on the other side, isn’t it?