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Telling the difference between PS5 and PS4 games is the most difficult puzzle of the next generation

Telling the difference between PS5 and PS4 games is the most difficult puzzle of the next generation

Forget Hall of Fame puzzle games like The Witness, as telling the difference between PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 titles can be the biggest challenge for the next generation. First of all, we need to sympathize with Sony a little here. This was not an easy problem to solve. There are many titles on the PlayStation Store, some of which are PS5 and PS4 versions. These are all handled differently. Free upgrade, Some are not – it’s complicated. To make matters worse, you may own several releases on physical disks.

Now, obviously the Japanese giant has a little work to do here, as the warning doesn’t get in the way. It’s not a catastrophe to use your imagination, but it takes a little gray matter to understand how everything works. So let me explain. Cross-by titles like Assassin’s Creed Valhara, available on both consoles, have a unified PS store profile with the same key art and information. However, there is a page for the PS5 version and a page for the PS4 version.

You can actually switch between them.[再生]Click the ellipsis next to the button to see a link to the opposite version of the game page. So, in this example, we chose the PS5 version of Planet Coaster: Console Edition, but you can jump to the PS4 version if you want.

Another way to do this is to hover over the game icon and press it, as shown in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. option >> >> Game version.. In this case, you clicked on the PS5 version so you can switch to the PS4 edition hub area if you want. You can install two copies of the same game on the console. This is clearly a big deal for trophy hunters.

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The problem is that it takes almost two weeks to understand all of this. I also think that the device cannot display properly when watching a PS5 game and when watching a PS4 game. .. To be fair, the system contains additional text to identify the PS4 software, but making the platform logo stand out will make it clear what you’re actually browsing. I will.

Inserting a PS4 disc brings all of this to a more complex level. Sony has made the process almost seamless, but we think it might be better. So when you pop an upgradeable game Blu-ray, its icon will appear in the main menu.You can copy the game and play it Backward compatibilityOr you can request and download a free upgrade from the PS Store. The problem is that in the case of No Man’s Sky, I had to download the PS5 version and then install the PS4 copy anyway.

This is not the end of the world. It’s a little less streamlined than we wanted. It’s manageable and we’ve almost wrapped our heads around, but I think a clearer visual identification can clean this up. In particular, we’ve added the PS5 and PS4 logos to every game to make them more prominent, so it’s always clear enough what you’re looking at. Perhaps future firmware updates will help.