PS3-to-PS4 upgrade offer detailed

Gamers can upgrade from current-gen versions of Call of Duty: Ghosts, Watch Dogs, Battlefield 4, and ACIV: Black Flag to next-gen for $10 for a limited time.

Sony today announced specific details regarding its PlayStation 3-to-PlayStation 4 upgrade offer first revealed at Gamescom last month. When users buy the disc-based or digital version of select PS3 titles, they can--for a limited time--download a copy of the same game on the PS4 from the PlayStation Store when it becomes available for $10.

Participating titles include PS4 launch games Watch Dogs, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. No other games were announced for the promotion.

Those who purchase the disc-based version of one of the participating games will find a code packed into their game that can be redeemed on the PlayStation Store.

To play the PS4 version when it launches, users will need to insert the original PS3 disc into the PS4 disc drive to activate and play the next-generation version.

Those who purchase the digital version of any of the four games will not need to redeem a code to receive the PS4 version. Instead, when they pick up a PS4, the game will automatically appear on the PlayStation Store at the discounted price of $10.

The offer will expire on January 31, 2014, for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Watch Dogs; March 28, 2014, for Battlefield 4; and March 31 for Call of Duty: Ghosts.

For full step-by-step instructions on the offer, check out this special PlayStation support page. The PS4 launches in North America on November 15 and in Europe on November 29.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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mattcoker2
mattcoker2

What if I want to make a new psn when the ps4 comes out? will I still be able to play my ghosts on another psn or will it only be linked to my old psn?


smackybear
smackybear

To the people who are confused by the idea of paying $10 for a next gen version of a game they already own: Why are you even buying a PS4 if you don't understand the difference?  The PS3 and PS4 systems will feel the same to you if that's the case.

k41m
k41m

Well I bought my alienware 2 years ago and havent had to upgrade since, and I dont use a monitor a use my TV (Very convienient saves money on having to buy cable TV)

SSSTcracka
SSSTcracka

How often are you upgrading your PC? Do you use a monitor? Do you use internet as well? A TV should last you the life of a new console if not longer.


weizegger8
weizegger8

Who says that the PS4 is not still sold out before January 31, 2014.

Dont wanne roll my dices on this! And where's GTA5 ps4

Kiyosuyo
Kiyosuyo

Ok, now let's do this with ALL games that are going to be PS3 and PS4. I'd LOVE this option for FFXIV: ARR.

jflkdjs
jflkdjs

Sweet! Now that's a great offer. I bet Microsoft is going to do the same thing now ;)

G24S
G24S

I wonder if this also will affect GTA V for PS4.

starjay009
starjay009

Once again the PC fan boys raise their ugly heads. It's shameful to me given I am a PC gamer too and I DO NOT agree with their relatively low self esteem about how good the PC is. Consoles are excellent gaming machines, period ! While the PC is better, it comes at a heavy price. In order to completely max out current DX 11 games, one MUST invest in a high end graphics GPU that typically cost between $400 and $700. The more money you pay, the better. Also, there is a constant need for upgrading after just 3 years because there is a new GPU in the market. Console owners don't need to do that. So play in your system of choice and just have fun. 

deadkingdg
deadkingdg

So if you have a PS4 and want to buy digital versions of games, you can buy all those games for PS3, redeem them for 10$ and sell the PS3 games for 30 to 40$. That's awesome.

Cdkutusu
Cdkutusu

So basically the PS3 and PS4 versions of the game are same? I was expecting a complete new download from PSN for new versions, why should I bother playing it if they are the same?

tinigon89
tinigon89

To play the PS4 version when it launches, users will need to insert the original PS3 disc into the PS4 disc drive to activate and play the next-generation version.

=>So PS4 can read PS3 disc?

garysingh34
garysingh34

I was planning on buying PS3 BF4, upgrading to PS4 digitally and then selling the PS3 version of it, but it seems that cannot be done as you need the PS3 disc to play the digital version on PS4! Bummer!

itchyflop
itchyflop

and will it be any better than the ps3 version??? I dont see the point in this, if there are noticable advantages such as frame rate or visuals, yeah but why pay $10 for a game i already own and can play on my ps3???

callsignalpha
callsignalpha

But most people will just buy a ps4 and ps4 version of the game in the first place. Why would anyone want to spend a full 70$ if they can just get the game on the next gen for 60$

dkeppens
dkeppens

Even if i would buy a next gen console, why the hell would i want to pay even more for a game i already played before and lose my ability to play that game's multiplayer component for free, on top ? No thank you, i'll stick with PS3.

Devil_wings00
Devil_wings00

Best buy in my area already has a deal for FIFA 14. You bring your 360/PS3 version in and buy the new One/PS4 version when it comes out and they give you 60 dollars in trade credit (so it's a straight trade). Honestly I doubt they will be the only ones doing deals like this and i very much doubt it will be isolated to just fifa 14. So look around your local flyers and see whats up. Might be able to get a better deal then this one.  

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Buying multiplatforms on PC, upgrade complete.

steelmouth
steelmouth

what's with this upgrading trend, its steel the same damn game no matter what platform you play it on its all the same right, this like some one buying a game on both X360 and PS3 WTF

AceBalls
AceBalls

On PC you would go to options menu and raise the resolution. No $10 upgrade required ;P

sexhale
sexhale

@smackybear please tell us the difference between both consoles because all i see if a another step backwards sony is taking to bullshit as well as the same thing microsoft was doing to rip off valve and steam, with my PC and steam i can buy games and automaticlly download them to my steam cloud, FOR FREE, not access menu after menu and pay an additional $10 for the same thing, its just sony trying to copy valve by being more greedy as fuck more then microsoft and sony fanboys are in too much denial to admit that.

sexhale
sexhale

@jflkdjs they don't need to because sony is ripping this off from valve and steam, the only difference is IT'S FREE, why do i have to pay more money to save my games on a cloud? how would you feel buying music fro itunes and having to pay more money to back it up on the cloud system. please don't be naive.

sexhale
sexhale

@starjay009 if you were a true PC gamer, you would agree this shit is ripped from steam and is scamming buyers of sony.

neptune432
neptune432

@starjay009 You are one of the few PC gamers to think of that! The reason I don't play on PC so much is that I don't want to constantly pay for new graphics, plus I'm not good with this technology stuff. Thank you for being a cool PC gamer

Goranar
Goranar

@deadkingdg Not quite you need to keep the PS3 disk and insert it in the PS4 to activate the 9.99 upgrade version every time you want to play it. so you must keep the PS3 version.

deadkingdg
deadkingdg

@Cdkutusu Umm, they are not the same. Like PS3 and Vita cross buy games. They might share the same item on the store, but it's two different files of different performances.

deadkingdg
deadkingdg

@tinigon89 They are both Blu-Ray so of course it can read the disc. It doesn't mean that it can process them since the processors are very different. That's like buying a PC games on disc and putting it in a MAC. You'll be able to read the disc, but not play it.

RobDev
RobDev

@itchyflop you would have to think there would be an increase in the frame rate at least


Primeyuri
Primeyuri

@callsignalpha because most of the games will come out before the ps4 and not everyone can get a ps4 on release date since most will be sold already.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@steelmouth The games aren't the same between the new and old consoles just like games aren't the same on current consoles and PC. The games are able to run at much higher resolutions and produce a much cleaner image along with better and more stable frame rates.

For the first few batches of next gen games this is all we will see until they really leave the current systems behind.

Kamikazm
Kamikazm

@AceBalls Actually a $200 -$500 graphic card upgrade would be required :)

sexhale
sexhale

@neptune432 @starjay009 you don't need to keep "constantly paying" if you have the right system you can play almost any game, and graphic cards aren't even that much, don't act like a captian of the sea if you have never even touched water.

deadkingdg
deadkingdg

@Goranar @deadkingdg Ah, I though they meant to activate it, like how you use an activation key to activate a PC game, and that you only need it once.

adunoakenshield
adunoakenshield

@Toysoldier34 @steelmouth So updated graphics makes it a new game? Interesting. So the HD remake of Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy, Devil May Cry etc are all different games? Wow, mind blown!

Devil_wings00
Devil_wings00

@Kamikazm @AceBalls Unless you have any mid-high end card from the last 3 years already ;p You act like the PS4 is free or something ;p.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@Kamikazm @AceBalls Take the cost of a console and put that money into a graphics card and slap it into pretty much any desktop that they are already using and you can play any game.

neptune432
neptune432

@sexhale @neptune432 @starjay009 You are fairly right! Now that that I look at my comment, I kind of feel like a fanboy or something. It's true that you don't have to constantly upgrade, and the parts you need are pretty cheap. It's just that I'm not sure how to change the parts in my computer, and even if I look it up, I'm too lazy to upgrade. I like having everything I need at once, without having to change it. So while PC gaming is great, I don't know if I'm going to do all that (small) amount of work. I just enjoy having everything at once is all. There's nothing wrong with either though. 

P.S. Sorry for the long comment. 

adunoakenshield
adunoakenshield

@Toysoldier34 @adunoakenshield 

So basically, if more objects render at once, it's a different game. Skyrim on the PC is a diffferent game then on PS3 because graphics are better, even though the characters, world, storyline, quests, lore and enemies are the exactly the same? 

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@adunoakenshield HD remakes aren't always the same as the changes between gens/pc games. In many open world games for instance the worlds can have more objects and render more at a time.

When playing Fallout New Vegas on PC with everything maxed out I can see any object or building as long as I have a line of sight to it. On the consoles you can't see objects that far away. When standing on a big mountain or cliff you may not be able to tell that there is a small shack off in the distance because it isn't able to render that far away while on PC you can see it. Little things like this can certainly change how a game plays and feels.

Also when a game renders at a much higher quality especially with high resolution and anti aliasing the picture is very clear and crisp without distracting jagged edges on objects. Thus creates a much more impressive and enriching experience because there is less to distract and detract from that world. Some people notice things like this far less than others and that is fortunate for them because they are able to have immersion broken for them far less often.

lati25
lati25

@RobDev @Devil_wings00 @Kamikazm @AceBalls A $800 dollar system from 6.5 years ago should play a lot of games today with the same level of detail as a ps3. Also, how cheap our games are negates the more expensive hardware in the beginning.

DWalker131
DWalker131

@Toysoldier34 yeah i know, i was kinda in a rush alotta things was amiss from my post, such as i forgot to write that my PS3 is alot older then my "stock" i5, but AC-3 runs fine on the PS3 but it struggles on my PC, yeah i'm i'm sure if i slapped in a more recent graphics card it should run fine, i mean i got 16gb ram which is overkill, my bro said he sacrificed some HDD space to increase the RAM or something, i'm not thaaat tech savvi, but yeah nothing a new graphics card and 16gb of RAM can't handle lol

right now i think my graphics card is whats letting my system down, i gotta Geforce GTS 250 which was decent for its time, but its just not there anymore, but then again i'm not thaaat into PC gaming as the elitist 

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@Master_Vexov @RobDev @Devil_wings00 @Kamikazm @AceBalls In a way the consoles do magically upgrade as they learn to program better for them. As games like The Last of Us have proven they can push visuals far greater than what the hardware should do because of little tricks they can do to make the game look really good. When they work with one specific hardware set they can fine tune the game like this unlike on PC. With all the extremely different hardware configurations on PCs it is impossible for them to get the same level of fine tuning for PC games which is where raw power more than makes up for it.

Due to this though as the console games get more refined to look better a PC needs better hardware to keep up because it doesn't scale with the optimization as well as the streamlined consoles and require extra power to compensate for this. Though with the extra power they still can potentially outpace consoles from day one and will be able to produce the best visuals if the hardware is up to par which really doesn't cost that much more than a console if build/bought properly.

DWalker131
DWalker131

@Master_Vexov @RobDev @Devil_wings00 @Kamikazm @AceBalls i believe he's trying to say that if you own a console, you can play the games on that console for it's lifespan, because they optimise the game to run best on that console, most of the time by dropping the graphics and putting the games on multiple disc etc

with a PC it'll eventually your gonna need to upgrade things graphics card, ram,

which i kinda agree, i bought my i5 i think 4 years ago, its pretty much "stock" everything, haven't upgraded anything to it, and it doesn't run AC-3 very well, but pretty much any games before it,  runs perfectly fine, so my PC pretty much is capped at AC-3 untill i give it an upgrade, i believe thats what he's trying to say

Master_Vexov
Master_Vexov

@RobDev @Devil_wings00 @Kamikazm @AceBalls I'm a bit lost, so the PS3 magically upgrades itself or do PC's degrade?.  If you had a PC with the same power as the PS3, both would remain the same X-years later, the difference is that PC can upgrade its hardware to play games its greater graphics, AA, Physics, resolution. 

PS4 is coming it, it looks great, but still doesn't hold anything to any high end gaming PC. PS4 can't upgrade its hardware... So if average PC bought a GTX 760 (cheaper then the PS4) they already out doing the system. If the PS5 takes 8years, then thats 8 years you could drop a few bills on your PC to play games in far greater quality. 

I'll be buying a PS4 for casual gaming with a controller, but my PC is for REAL GAMING.

RobDev
RobDev

@Devil_wings00 @Kamikazm @AceBalls put it this way, i bought by PS3 day one 60 gb model. I slapped in a larger hard drive. so i've had that console for 6.5 years? so let's say $800 over 6.5 years. So i can play GTA V on my Ps3 now. go back 6.5 years to the PC you had then? Do you still have that PC, could it play GTA V on even the "terrible" 30fps we get now? Would it even load? How much have you spent on hardware in the last 6.5 years? so yes the Pc is better but it'd want to be the money you've had to drop into keeping it up to date. 

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@RobDev @Toysoldier34 @Kamikazm @AceBalls This wasn't meant as a top of the line gaming rig, I was stating that a family desktop PC that they may be using to view this can run games pretty well with a decent graphics card.

A well built computer can run games that many years later just fine. People also already own computers for simple uses so when taking the costs of a computer they already own or will buy with the cost of a console that's plenty of money for a great PC that will run any game.

RobDev
RobDev

@Toysoldier34 @Kamikazm @AceBalls would that $500 graphics card (what about the cost of the desktop are they free now) still play new releases on 6, 7, 8 years? No, i didn't think so.