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This is a non-exhaustive list. Please bookmark this page and keep checking back, as we’ll add more games that are getting a free PlayStation 5 upgrade once they’re announced/confirmed.


With many of our eagerly anticipated PS5 games being pushed back further into 2022 and beyond, we take a look at the PS4 games that will have a free PS5 upgrade or have already received one.

Some games, such as Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War or Control, only allow free upgrade with the ultimate edition of the game, otherwise the upgrade to PS5 will require a payment. Other games will require a purchase of the upgrade irrespective of the version of the game you own for PS4.

Backward compatibility vs a new gen upgrade

PlayStation 5 is backward compatible, meaning that virtually all of your PS4 games will run on the PS5 with only a few notable exceptions. These include: Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma Volume One, TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2, Just Deal With It!, Robinson: The Journey, We Sing, Hitman Go: Definitive Edition and Shadwen.

Irrespective of the new gen upgrade, you should be able to play virtually all of your PS4 games on the PS5, and if that’s the case why do you need a new gen upgrade and what’s the difference? Firstly, unlike the PS4, where the best framerate you can hope for was 30fps and unless you own PS4 Pro, the best resolution available to you would be 1080p, the PlayStation 5 can run games in 120fps, allow ray tracing, 3D audio and haptic feedback. Not all games will be optimised for this, however upgrading your games to the new gen will unlock many of these features that were previously unavailable, due to the architecture and the hardware of PlayStation 4.

Backward compatibility only ensures that the new hardware will play games from the previous gen, albeit not optimally. The upgrade to the new gen allows the backward compatible games to be played most optimally

How to upgrade PS4 games to PS5

If you own the game that has a free PS5 upgrade, the upgrade will be applied via a patch, for which you will need to be online and connected to the PlayStation store. The patch will be downloaded and applied automatically for the free games, however for the paid games, you will have to purchase the upgrade and download the patch for the said game.

Games you can upgrade to PS5 right now for free

Some games we’ll have to wait a bit longer to get an upgrade for, but many are already ready for a new gen upgrade. Below you’ll find a list of all games that you can upgrade to PS5 version right now and the improvements:

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – 60fps, 4k, 3D audio
  • Borderlands 3 – 60fps, 120 fps, 4k
  • Bugsnax – 60fps, 4k, DualSense features
  • Control Ultimate Edition – 60fps, 4k, ray tracing, transferable save files, DualSense features
  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time – 60fps, 4k, 3D audio, DualSense features
  • Dead by Daylight – 60fps, 4k, transferable save files
  • Destiny 2 – 60fps, 4k, transferable save files
  • Dirt 5 – 60fps, 120fps, DualSense features, 3D audio
  • DOOM Eternal – up to 120fps, up to 4k, ray tracing
  • Far Cry 6 – 60fps, 4k, DualSense features, transferrable save files
  • FIFA 21 – 60fps, 4k, some improved animations
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake – 60fps or 30fps/4k
  • Final Fantasy XIV – 60 fps or 4k, DualSense features, 3D audio
  • For Honor – 60fps, 4k
  • Genshin Impact – 60fps, 4k, DualSense features
  • Ghost of Tsushima – 60fps (additional PS5 features available as part of paid Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut)
  • God of War (2018) – 60fps, 4k
  • Hades – 60fps, 4k, DualSense features
  • Hitman 3 (Digital only) – 60fps, 4k, DualSense features
  • Horizon Zero Dawn – 60fps, 4k
  • Immortals: Fenyx Rising – 60fps, 4k, DualSense features, 3D audio
  • Madden 21 – Multiple updates to lighting, audio, and more
  • Maneater – 60fps, 4k, ray-tracing
  • Marvel’s Avengers – 60fps, 4k, DualSense features, 3D audio
  • Metro Exodus – 60fps, 4k, DualSense features
  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales – 60fps, 4k, DualSense features, 3D audio
  • Mortal Kombat 11 – 60fps, 4k
  • No Man’s Sky – 60fps, 4k, DualSense features, 3D audio
  • Outriders – 60fps, 4k,
  • Planet Coaster – 60fps, 4k, DualSense features
  • Rainbow Six Siege – 60fps, 120fps, 4k, DualSense features
  • Ratchet & Clank (2016) – 60fps
  • Resident Evil Village – 60fps (45fps with raytracing on), 4k, DualSense features, 3D audio
  • Ride 4 – 60fps, 4k, DualSense features
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure – DualSense features, 3D audio
  • Subnautica – 4k, 60fps
  • Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order – 60fps, 4k
  • Terminator: Resistance – Enhanced – 60fps, 4k, DualSense features, new game mode
  • The Elder Scrolls Online – 60fps or 30fps/4k
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition – 60fps, 4k
  • The Pathless – 60fps or 30fps/4k
  • The Last of Us Part 2 – 60fps, 4k, DualSense, 3D audio
  • Watch Dogs Legion – 4k, DualSense features
  • WRC 9 – 60fps, 4k, DualSense features
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon – 60fps, 4k (30fps), DualSense features

Upcoming games you’ll be able to upgrade to PS5 for free

If you’ve not yet gotten your hands on a PlayStation 5, you can still buy your favourite games on the PlayStation 4 and then upgrade them with a patch once you’re on a new console.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of all the upcoming games that will feature a free upgrade to PS5:

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence 
  • Alan Wake Remastered 
  • Assetto Corsa Competizione 
  • Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy 
  • Balan Wonderworld 
  • Beyond A Steel Sky 
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Free only for the owners of the Cross-Gen Edition or Ultimate Edition on PS4. Standard edition owners can pay an extra $10 for the upgrade to the PS5 version)
  • Chernobylite 
  • Concept Destruction 
  • CrossCode 
  • Cyberpunk 2077 
  • DARQ: Complete Edition 
  • Deliver Us The Moon 
  • DiRT 5
  • Elden Ring 
  • Ghostrunner 
  • Godfall
  • Guilty Gear Strive 
  • Haven 
  • Horizon Forbidden West 
  • Human Fall Flat 
  • It Takes Two (
  • Just Dance 2021 (Free upgrade to the PS5 version for anyone who owns the PS4 physical copy. If you PS4 digital version, you will need to purchase the PS5 version of the game.)
  • JYDGE 
  • Kena: Bridge Of Spirits 
  • Kerbal Space Program: Enhanced Edition 
  • King Oddball 
  • Kona
  • Little Nightmares II 
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales 
  • MLB The Show 21 
  • Monster Boy and The Cursed Kingdom 
  • Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate
  • Mortal Shell 
  • NBA 2K21 
  • Necromunda: Hired Gun 
  • Nioh 2 (Free upgrade to the PS5 version for both, Nioh 2 and the Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition)
  • Oddworld: Soulstorm 
  • Override 2: Super Mech League (Free upgrade to the PS5 for the base game and the Enhanced version)
  • Phoenix Point: Behemoth Edition 
  • Poker Club 
  • Praey For The Gods 
  • Project Zero: Maiden Of Black Water 
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 
  • Quake 
  • Relayer 
  • Riders Republic 
  • Shakedown Hawaii 
  • Shantae 1-5 (All five Shantae games on PS4 offer free upgrades to the PS5 version)
  • Shing! 
  • Tennis World Tour 2 
  • Tesla Force 
  • The Persistence 
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 
  • Tribes of Midgard 
  • Undead Horde 
  • Visage 

Keep checking back as we add more games to the list!