Too Many People Overpaid For Horizon Forbidden West On PS5
Buy it on PS4, not PS5.
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February might be the shortest month of the year, but somehow game devs have rallied around in an attempt to make it the busiest. The jam-packed month rolled on last week when Horizon Forbidden West arrived on PS4 and PS5. The sequel appears to be everything fans of the series would have wanted it to be. Its arrival was even celebrated by Vanity Fair which had Aloy grace the cover of its Italian magazine this month.
There was a little discourse during the build to Forbidden West’s arrival. PlayStation previously promised all titles arriving on both PS4 and PS5 during the latter’s launch window would include a free next-gen upgrade. Since Forbidden West’s launch was delayed to outside of that window, Sony extended the deal to include it, but only after it was pressured to do so by its console owners.
Sony made up for that by making the whole situation more confusing than it needed to be. Forbidden West’s PS4 version does indeed come with a free PS5 upgrade. However, the PS5 version all by itself costs $10 more. That means you can buy the PS4 version and get the upgrade for $10 less than if you were to buy it outright. Sony didn’t broadcast that, for obvious reasons, and the plan appears to have worked during the sequel’s launch weekend.
As revealed by Gamesindustry.biz, 68% of people who bought a physical copy of Forbidden West in the UK over the weekend opted for the PS5 version. That means more than two-thirds of those who picked up a copy paid more than they really needed to. No concrete numbers on how many copies were sold exactly, but even when you just account for physical copies in the UK, that’s a lot of extra money for Sony it wouldn’t have made had more people known about the free upgrade.
Odds are a lot of the people who bought a physical copy of Forbidden West over the weekend saw it on Amazon or on a game store shelf and if they had a PS5, they naturally picked up the PS5 version. If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, now you know, and you can save yourself $10. Don’t worry about remembering it for the future, though. PlayStation has made it pretty clear this will be the last time PS4 games will come with a free PS5 upgrade.