Many games from the last few years are getting upgrades when the next generation of console hardware launches, and Borderlands 3 will be one of them. 2K announced today that Borderlands 3 will get a next-gen upgrade for free, day-and-date with the launch of Xbox Series X | S and PlayStation 5.
In a 2K press release, the publisher details what the upgrade will entail. Borderlands 3 will get 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, as well as four-player local split-screen co-op. A vertical split-screen option for two-player co-op will also come to next-gen consoles, and launch for Xbox One and PS4 versions of Borderlands 3 on Nov. 10 and 12, respectively.
If you already own Borderlands 3, you won't have to buy another copy of the game, either. Copies of Borderlands 3 can be upgraded to their next-gen counterpart for free, provided you stay within the same console family—Xbox One to Xbox Series X | S, and PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5. Add-on content and save files will also port forward within the same family as well, so you won't have to start a new character. But if you have the disc version of Borderlands 3, you'll need a next-gen console that actually uses physical media, so no Xbox Series S or digital-centric PS5.
Borderlands 3 adds to a number of games making the leap across generations with the launch of the new consoles. Thankfully, it's utilizing cross-saves as well, which is fairly critical for these next-gen upgrades. Not that you wouldn't want to play back through the beginning of Borderlands 3 again, but folks have invested a lot of time into their builds, so it's nice they won't be stranded on previous consoles.
The latest Borderlands is certainly more Borderlands, but for a next-gen console, that might not be a bad thing. The addition of up to four-player local co-op is a silver bullet not many other games have, so it could make a decent splash with the upgrade. Borderlands 3's next-gen upgrade goes live on Nov. 10 for Xbox Series X | S and Nov. 12 for PlayStation 5, same day as the launch of those consoles.