All the Big Games We Know You Can Upgrade to Next-Gen For Free

September 24, 2020

The next-generation of consoles is almost upon us. Within the next few months, players will be able to grab both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. However, along with the systems comes a new feature that has not been available before. Thanks to online stores, users who purchase current-gen versions of game and then upgrade to a new console will also be able to upgrade certain games to the next-gen version.

Of course, there are some caveats. Upgrades only work within the same family of consoles, so a PlayStation 4 user will have to buy a PlayStation 5. Some publishers have also confirmed that they will be charging to upgrade. Yet, there are a good number of big games that will offer free upgrades. That means players will be able to enjoy next-gen versions of some titles at no extra cost.

Here are all the big games we know you will be able to upgrade to the next-gen version for free.

Doom Eternal

The 2020 sequel to Bethesda’s reboot of the series, Doom Eternal is already available across a range of platforms. It is also set to come to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X within the coming months. While no exact date has been revealed, Bethesda has confirmed players will have access to an improved version on next-gen consoles. Anyone who currently owns or purchases the title on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One can upgrade for free.

Far Cry 6

Fary Cry 6 is not expected to launch until February 2021. However, Ubisoft has confirmed that players don’t have to worry about buying the game twice. For those that don’t choose to get a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X straight away, the publisher will offer upgrade options. Essentially, a player who purchases the game on current-gen hardware can also access it on next-gen systems. There will also be no fee associated with upgrading. 

Marvel’s Avengers

Despite attracting criticism from lots of players when first revealed, Marvel’s Avengers is still highly popular. Launched in September, the game will be also be made available for next-gen consoles. Fortunately for those who don’t want to wait a few months to get the game, they can still buy it now without worry. Square Enix confirmed that owners of the title can access the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X version for free. Progression and purchases will also transfer between consoles as well. 

Madden 21

EA confirmed a few months ago that the publisher has plans in place for next-gen upgrades. Each title will have a different system though. For Madden 21, which released on August 28, players will have around a year to redeem the next-gen version of the game. Anyone who owns the title on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One can get the better version of the game for free. They simply have to do so before the release of Madden 22 in 2021. 


Dirt 5

Codemasters has confirmed that the upcoming racer Dirt 5 would also have a free upgrade. The British publisher is not looking to punish early adopters who buy the game in October. Rather, anyone who purchases a current-gen edition of the game will get a version for next-gen consoles. So, anyone who purchases the game on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One can also play it on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.


FIFA 21 is set to release across all platforms on October 9. A next-gen version will then follow when both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles are available. Those wanting the more advanced version shouldn’t feel like they have to wait though. EA is running a special promotion called the Dual Entitlement Scheme. This will allow anyone who has purchased the current version of the game to upgrade without paying anything extra. 

Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt Red was one of the first developers to openly discuss plans for giving players an upgrade option. The studio announced that anyone who purchases the highly-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One can upgrade for free. So, if you buy a PlayStation 4 copy of the game you will also get to play it on PlayStation 5. The same is true for those who choose the Xbox One edition. Although the current-gen version will launch on November 19, the upgraded game won’t come until 2021.

Destiny 2

Destiny 2 has seen a resurgence over the last few years following its release in 2017. The game has received a variety of expansions and updates, making it a far more accomplished title. Bungie has now confirmed that anyone who owns the game will get an upgraded copy for free on the same family of console. Even more enticing is the fact that all content will transfer as well. That means players won’t have to rebuy any items or complete the same quests again. 

The Elder Scrolls Online

As well as announcing Doom Eternal’s upgrade, the publisher also revealed The Elder Scrolls Online would work the same way. That means that any player who currently owns the 2014 game for either current-gen console will get the upgraded version for free. There will be no extra cost or hidden fees to get access; it will just automatically be available. Users who purchase the game before the new release of the game can take advantage of the offer.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Ubisoft has already confirmed that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be available to purchase on next-gen consoles when they launch. As an incentive to get players to buy the game as soon as it launches, the upgrade to next-gen will be free. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla releases on November 10, same as the Xbox Series X launch date. PlayStation 5 will release on November 12.

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