Sony: Publishers will decide PS3 to PS4 game upgrade fees

UK managing director Fergal Gara says publishers like EA, Activision, and Ubisoft will decide what it will cost to upgrade software from current- to next-gen as part of new promotion.

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As part of Sony's new game trade-up program, individual publishers like Electronic Arts, Activision, and Ubisoft will be able to set upgrade prices for gamers upgrading from the PlayStation 3 to the PlayStation 4.

Sony's United Kingdom managing director Fergal Gara told GameSpot this week at Gamescom that this program--announced on Tuesday--is "fantastically gamer-focused" because it gives gamers purchasing confidence this holiday season.

"It will be down to the publisher to decide," Gara said. "That mechanism doesn't affect us, because we're not publishing any titles across both platforms. It's over to the EAs, the Activisions, and the Ubisofts to go and decide what the differential is to trade up."

Gara said it's "exciting" that Sony can offer such a program, noting that the upgrade fee is not expected to be substantial. He did not provide a specific figure, but said it will be "fair."

As part of the promotion, gamers who buy Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, or Watch Dogs on the PS3 can purchase a digital version for the PS4 at a "significantly discounted price" when it launches.

Activision has since clarified that the fee for Call of Duty: Ghosts will be $10.

Electronic Arts, Activision, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros. are all participating in the program. The promotion will be available for a limited time, Sony said, and it is not clear if the program will be offered worldwide.

Retailers Amazon and GameStop have launched similar promotions where gamers can trade up to the next-generation version for $10.

The PS4 launches November 15 in North America and November 29 in Europe. The next-generation console will be available in 32 countries in all by the end of the year.

Discussion

153 comments
mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

I still think its weird to buy a game and then want to buy it again for another system. Especially if the next gen copy is going to be digital only.

stonefang
stonefang

That's a reasonable price. I don't mind paying that at all!

Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

I remember when my PC could only handle Crysis 1 with all graphics settings on "low".

Then I bought a better PC and I could turn all the graphics to "high"!

Know how much the game charged me to turn the graphics up?

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

Dont see why there should be fees at all...why did I pay my $60 for on Ps3? Just to pay another 60 on Ps4?

Hello-
Hello-

What about Rockstar and GTA5 ?!?!?!

Robin Sand
Robin Sand

Why don't u just have the ps3 connected too and save lots of money?!

meatz666
meatz666

They were planing on doing games Universal (with PC-Console), and no news on that front either. You'll excuse me, but when I want to play a game that I already own on the PS3 on the PC, I go pirate. If they offered me a nice discount on the PC version because I have the console version, I would gladly pay that fee.

Rennik_Repotsir
Rennik_Repotsir

The only way I'll take advantage of this; is a PS4 copy for me and a PS3 copy for a family member... Otherwise... the four listed (and other companies who thinks it's a good idea) can go f*** themselves...

AlexFili
AlexFili

 Sounds like a brilliant deal for gamers!

Matias Suarez
Matias Suarez

Tucker, things changed every time a new console came out.

Artūras Žvaigždė
Artūras Žvaigždė

sony and I will try and create a nice game console with lots must be paid by surprise =)

Rui Esteves
Rui Esteves

I'll wait! No ps3 version anymore besides GTA V!

Carl Toolan
Carl Toolan

Simple logic, Sony isn't God and cannot dictate what publishers charge

Colin Norman
Colin Norman

I'd just wait and go straight for the PS4 versions,and from now on only buy games for my PS3 that are solely intended for PS3.

Olgark
Olgark

Just wait and buy the games on the PS4 that way you are only making one purchase instead of two, still got to be cheaper in the long run.

Simon Scott
Simon Scott

Why can't ppl just wait what do you miss??

Joseph Cox
Joseph Cox

lol omg what a con especially * Activision has since clarified that the fee for Call of Duty: Ghosts will be $10.* they know they being released 1st week of november and then 29 days later ps4 comes out and ppl wont wait for the the ps4 , just another way to make money out of us games console users.

MrKingi
MrKingi

Id happily buy GTA V on Ps3 then pay $10 for the upgrade to Ps4 if that were to happen :)

El Kamilo
El Kamilo

lol good luck with that sony.

Kevin Gerrits
Kevin Gerrits

Where is all this unemployment and recession people talk about and why do people think everything should be free? Answer me now!!!

Petros Mak
Petros Mak

I think paying a small fee to upgrade isn't a problem. You have to remember that the company does spend money to have the game burnt onto a PS4 disc, re-packed into the PS4 packaging. PS4 versions in some cases may have updates or bug fixes that were not fixed in the PS3 versions. Just for the fact your upgrading to PS4 version with packaging, I think paying a small fee when trading is just fine. I don't think anything above 20 dollars is right though. Even 20 dollars would be cutting it on the wire if you ask me. But 10-20 dollars for trading up I think is an acceptable range. Of course I am talking in Australian dollars, what that relates to the currencies of those reading this I do not know.

Tucker Martin
Tucker Martin

What about when you bought a new game on a different console? How much did it cost then?

HAMMERCLAW
HAMMERCLAW

"Publishers will decide.....fees." And so it begins. LMAO!

Michael Wise
Michael Wise

I'm already invested for launch day so this doesn't really affect me.

Reinier Montes
Reinier Montes

Go sony charge us more, 400 for a system in this dificult times of unemployment and recesion.is just not enough!!!!!!!!

James Bonds
James Bonds

Be Smart. Do NOT get rid of your hard copy for a 10 to 15 dollar (Digital download copy). You can't trade it in later when your tired of it. Only do this for the games you plan on keeping until the new ones come out... BE CAREFUL...

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

Oh god, facebook invasion, I'm outta here...

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

For me, it's all about buying a LOT of PS3 games these holidays. On queue: Ni No Kuni, Dead Space 3, Sonic Generations, Sonic Racing Transformed, God Of War Ascension, Skyrim Legendary Edition, The Last Of Us, Sly Trilogy, Dante's Inferno, Mass Effect Trilogy...

My PS4/Vita bundle will have to wait until next year.

David De La Vega
David De La Vega

All of this is just to stimulate the market and get people to continue buying games on the eve of the PS3's lifespan. No big.

Matias Suarez
Matias Suarez

I remember when we could just buy a game, and not have to pay for half of it...

Cody Elford
Cody Elford

Simple solution: just wait the ten days. Why spend more money to buy a game, play it, and then lose all of your data and spend even more money on top of the initial purchase just to grab it on a different format?

Glenn Challoner
Glenn Challoner

Pretty much, the reason they do this is to entice more publishers because if Sony set a price some of them won't join.

liftplus5
liftplus5

@IanNottinghamX but ur only paying 10$ for when you do upgrade and that doesnt have to be stragiht away that can be in 2 years for all you know

smoothyplum26
smoothyplum26

@Reinier Montes But $500 for an Xbox One is OK?

acealexander702
acealexander702

@Matias Suarez game consoles back then had little space, so of course you'd get a "complete" game, but they were limited with what they can do, around the 5th gen of consoles (N64, PS1, etc) games had a lot more space and games became 3D but time restraints became stricter as video games became more business, Super Mario 64 cut out features like co-op, Luigi, Yoshi, etc, games like Crash Bandicoot had missing levels also many games had glitches back then which you couldn't fix, now we can get more of the game that didn't make the cut, now we can fix glitches. A game is never truly completed, because you can always add more to a game, look at MMOs, still growing in terms of adding content