Despite previous allusions to the contrary, it seems a few chief players aren’t sticking to the norm for next-gen upgrades.
Case-in-point, Sony’s decisions regarding Marvel’s Spider-Man and Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
A recently announced Ultimate Edition of Miles Morales will include a remaster of the original game for PlayStation 5. And, to be clear, this debacle is concerning the remastered edition of the PlayStation 4 Spider-Man game. The base game that many will already own is backwards-compatible. I think.
The cliff notes of it are; if you currently own Spider-Man, you won’t be able to upgrade it to the remastered next-gen edition without buying Miles Morales Ultimate Edition. Meaning, yes, it’s another Control debacle again. The only way to play Spider-Man: Remastered on PS5 is to buy the Miles Morales Ultimate Edition. Sony is not offering any other alternatives at this point.
In fact, here’s Sony’s statement on the matter;
“Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered is an enhanced version of Marvel’s Spider-Man, [and] is included as part of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition for the PlayStation 5. In addition, players who purchase Miles Morales on PlayStation 4 can upgrade at no additional cost to the PS5 version [of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales]. They can take advantage of a paid-upgrade to download Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered.
There are no plans currently to offer Marvel’s-Spider-Man: Remastered as a standalone. Players with a copy of Marvel’s Spider-Man [for PS4] can purchase Miles Morales Ultimate Edition to experience Spider-Man: Remastered on PS5. Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 also will be backwards compatible on PS5″.
Of course, this does not affect Miles Morales being forward/backward compatible. If you buy any version of the new game, you can upgrade it for free.
Now, I know most people will already have Spider-Man on PS4 and might not want it on PS5. And that is a fair point. However, to be able to experience a more fleshed-out version of the game, with all of the PS5’s bells-and-whistles, anyone interested will have to pay out twice. And no matter which side of the fence you sit, that isn’t consumer-friendly practice.
Again, yes, if you own the standard Spider-Man PS4 game, you can play it on your PS5 at no additional cost. You won’t benefit from next-gen overhauls, but you can still play it. IF you want the game to look like its Miles Morales counter-part in terms of next-gen upgrades, you will have to fork out for it.
Insomniac recently made the announcement about Spider-Man: Remastered, stating how it isn’t simply an “up-res” of the PS4 version;
“The remaster for the PS5 is no simple up-res, as many of the game’s art assets have been completely updated to take advantage of the PS5 console’s horsepower. You’ll see better-looking characters with improved skin, eyes, hair, and facial animation (including our new, next-generation Peter Parker). You’ll also see ray-traced reflections and ambient shadows, improved lighting, more pedestrians and vehicles stretching further into the distance, and the same optional performance mode offered on Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, allowing you to finally play the game at a targeted 60fps frame rate. We’ll be supporting near-instant loading, 3D audio, and the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback. Lastly, we’re adding three amazing new Spider-Man suits, new photo mode features, and even new trophies for those of you looking to Platinum the game all over again”.
I mean, that sounds impressive, right? Completely overhauling the game’s art and draw-distance is only scratching the surface. What is not shown is that your previous Spider-Man save files will not transfer over. So, for newcomers, it’s not necessarily a bother, but it is making the PS4 game look obsolete the more we see of it. Which, again, isn’t the most consumer-friendly of practices.
So, the decision is simple; do you want bog-standard PS4 on your PS5 for free? Or a prettier, more fluid, and crisper-in-every-conceivable-way PS5 overhaul for a much-loved game but at a steep price? I’m sure there’s a quote about great power in there somewhere…
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