Sony confirms no free PS5 upgrade for PS4 Spider-Man owners

It appears Sony has once again shot themselves in the foot. At the recent PlayStation 5 showcase, Sony showed off a little more of what players have to look forward to with Spider-Man: Miles Morales. While fans reacted positively to the new gameplay footage, upon completion of the event is where things took a turn for the worse.

After the event, while Sony announced that the standalone adventure is coming to both PS4 and PS5, they also mentioned that the original Spider-Man will be getting a PS5 remaster with enhanced graphical features. The only problem is that in order to get this upgraded version, you’ll have to buy the $70 Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition – no matter what!

This means that even PS4 owners who upgraded to PS5 and previously owned the original Spider-Man for PS4 will have to spend $70 to receive the next-gen enhanced remaster of the game. A statement direct from Sony further confirms the remaster won’t be sold as a standalone.

“There are no plans currently to offer Marvel’s-Spider-Man: Remastered as a standalone,” the statement reads. “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.”

Just to put things into perspective, owners of the original Spider-Man will be able to play their PS4 copy on PS5, but it will not have any graphical enhancements at all. This strategy is in stark contrast to how Microsoft is handling cross-generation upgrades for their first-party titles. For those who upgrade to Xbox Series S/X, next-gen upgrades will be free – a strategy that Microsoft is referring to as Smart Delivery. With Smart Delivery, players will not have to worry about upgrading their games.

For Xbox owners, it seems that good news is never in short supply these days, as Smart Delivery is not limited to first-party titles. Among third-party titles whose publishers are also choosing not to charge for next-gen upgrades are Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and even The Witcher 3, a title from 2015.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales will launch for PlayStation 5 on November 12th.

PlayStation 5 price and release date announced

The wait is finally over as Sony has officially announced the pricing and release date for the PlayStation 5. The announcement came earlier today during the highly anticipated PlayStation 5 Showcase event.

Per the announcement, the price for PlayStation 5 will begin at $399 / £359 for the digital edition, and $499 / £449 for the full edition. Also, both consoles will arrive on November 12th in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, and November 19th in all other territories.

Unfortunately, there was no official announcement on when preorders would begin, but shortly after the event the official PlayStation Twitter account stated that pre-orders will be available starting as early as tomorrow at select retailers — they did not clarify which retailers.

There have been recent rumors that Sony was experiencing production limitations for the upcoming console launch and as a result were forced to cut their production plans by millions of units. Considering this, along with the fact that Sony previously announced a preorder program that requires individuals to enter their PSN ID, it seems to be a strong possibility that only a limited number of units will be available at launch.

PS5 launch reduced by millions of consoles

With rumors circulating for months now about production limitations for the upcoming PlayStation 5 launch, it now seems that there may be even less consoles available than previously thought, as sources indicate that Sony has cut production plans by 4 million units.

According to Bloomberg, sources familiar with affairs at Sony have announced that the company has cut PS5 unit production for the fiscal year from about 15 million units to 11 million. It seems that the reason for this reduction comes from an actual problem with producing the custom chips designed for the console.

More details are expected soon with the PS5 Showcase event on Wednesday, September 16th. Many fans are expecting PlayStation to finally announce the PS5 price as well as when they can expect to pre-order it.

Preorder a gold-plated PlayStation 5 for $10,000

A third-party UK retailer is now taking preorders for the previously-announced gold-plated PlayStation 5. According to the website, the price is set at £7999 for the 18K rose-gold version and £8099 for the 24K gold version. In case you’re wondering, this is around $10,500 USD. If that price tag is a little too far out of reach for you, perhaps you may be interested in either a gold-plated PlayStation 5 controller for £649 or a headset for £399.

All preorders are now live. Preorder information for the standard PlayStation 5 has not been announced yet.

How to register for a “limited quantity” of PS5 pre-orders direct from Sony

Sony announced earlier today that a select amount of customers will be able to pre-order a PlayStation 5 directly from their company website. The announcement states that a “limited quantity” of PS5 consoles will be available for pre-order and therefore they are only extending this offer to “existing consumers” who register on the PlayStation website using their PSN ID.

The pre-order program will be a first-come, first-served basis, and registrants will be informed via email if selected. According to a PS5 pre-order FAQ posted by Sony, the selection process is “based on previous interests and PlayStation activities.”

The announcement also includes a warning that an invitation to pre-order a PS5 directly from the company does not guarantee that individual a console. It is unclear if this means that only a limited amount of PS5’s will be available at launch, but definitely suggests this may be the case.

Those lucky to receive an invitation will be limited to ordering the following:

1 PS5 Console or 1 PS5 Digital Edition
2 DualSense wireless controllers
2 DualSense charging stations
2 Pulse 3D wireless headsets
2 Media remotes
2 HD Cameras

The announcement also suggests that the offer will be limited to the U.S., as it states that orders that contain a non-U.S. address will be canceled.

At present, there is still no release date or price for the PlayStation 5, however, it is expected to launch sometime this holiday season.