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.