PS5 will warn you when you start playing a PS4 version of a cross-gen game
We had reported in November this year that many players were playing the PS4 versions of cross-gen games on the PS5 without realising it. The VG247 website had reported that early PS5 adopters were “finding that their new console sometimes defaults to the PS4 version of games”.
Sony has now added a warning notification that will help players figure out what version of the game they are playing.
Spotted and shared by @Tidux on Twitter, the PS5 is going to ask you to confirm your game version when you start playing. The screenshot shared shows the cross-gen game Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
The notification prompt reads - “ You’re about to play the Ps4 version of this game, do you want to switch to the PS5 version?”. The system will then offer you an option to download/play the PS4 version if you want or switch to the PS5 version.
This issue was noticed, as IGN reports, by players who were accidentally playing the PS4 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on the PS5. The problem affected mainly those people who had downloaded or purchased the cross-gen bundle or the Ultimate Edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War that included both versions.
While this is surely one way to go about with things, Microsoft does it better with the Xbox Series X and S with Smart Delivery. The library on Microsoft’s next-gen consoles will show games that have been optimised for the Xbox Series X and S will feature a badge signifying so. When you start playing the game, the console will automatically pick the best version.