Sony Confirms PS4 Marvel's Spider-Man Owners Won't Get a Free Next-Gen Upgrade

Sony Confirms PS4 Marvel's Spider-Man Owners Won't Get a Free Next-Gen Upgrade

We might need to make a Punnett square to explain this one.

The situation surrounding Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales and its accompanying remaster of the 2018 Spider-Man has been murky, at best. Today, Sony tried to clear some things up, though it might not be what you were hoping to hear.

In a statement to Kotaku, Sony confirms that there is no next-gen upgrade path for the PlayStation 4 version of 2018's Marvel's Spider-Man. Basically, if you bought Spider-Man on PS4 in 2018, you won't get a free upgrade like other games have been getting.

If you take some other purchase routes, things get a little dicier. The enhanced version of Marvel's Spider-Man is included in the Ultimate Edition of Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales for the PlayStation 5. Miles Morales also comes packaged by itself, and will also be launching on PS4, albeit without that Ultimate Edition. If you buy Miles Morales on PS4, you'll get a free upgrade to the PS5 version, but you'll need to pay extra to upgrade to the Ultimate Edition if you'd also like the next-gen version of Spider-Man.

If that got a little confusing, don't worry about it. The best way to think of it is that the only way to get the next-gen version of Marvel's Spider-Man is to buy the Ultimate Edition of Miles Morales for PlayStation 5, either standalone or as part of a paid upgrade plan when moving up from the PS4 version of Miles Morales. It's important to note that Marvel's Spider-Man—the PS4 version—will still be backward compatible on the PS5, just without all the shiny new graphics and features of the next-gen upgrade.

Confusion has hounded the Miles Morales spinoff since it was first released. Insomniac had to clarify that Miles Morales is a standalone game, comparing it to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. And it was also confirmed as both a PS5 launch title and a cross-gen game in PlayStation blogs and tweets following the most recent Sony showcase.

With the confirmation earlier this week that the PS5 version of Marvel's Spider-Man won't let you transfer PS4 saves over, it was predictable that there wouldn't be a next-gen option. Still, that feels like a missed opportunity for Sony. 505 Games recently got heat for a similar situation surrounding Control's next-gen upgrade path, and with other companies offering free ways of porting forward previous-gen games to take advantage of the new hardware, it's a bummer to see Spidey not get the same.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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