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PSA: buy Horizon Forbidden West’s PS4 version to play it on PS5 for cheaper

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You’ll save $10 by buying the PS4 version

Get Sony’s ambitious new game for cheaper.
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Horizon Forbidden West’s February 18th release is almost here, but if you’re planning on getting a digital version of the game directly from Sony to play on your PS5, you should hold up just a second before pushing the buy button. While you might see listings for $69.99, such as on this landing page, you should know that the standard edition of the PS4 version of Horizon Forbidden West is $10 cheaper and has a free upgrade to the PS5 version.

In September, Sony announced that the game wouldn’t have an upgrade path from PS4 to PS5, despite originally promising a free upgrade, and Sony quickly pivoted in response to fan outcry. PlayStation boss Jim Ryan stated it plainly on the PlayStation Blog: “Players who purchase Horizon Forbidden West on PlayStation 4 will be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version for free.”

Earlier this week, it wasn’t immediately obvious that an upgrade is available. On that landing page I mentioned earlier, the PS4 listing did not note that buyers would also get a free PS5 upgrade. Now, though, there’s a bullet spelling out the free digital upgrade.

Here are two screenshots showing the differences:

Here were the listings on Monday...
Screenshot: Sony’s Horizon Forbidden West website
...and this is what they say now. Note the new bullet under the PS4 standard edition.
Screenshot: Sony’s Horizon Forbidden West website

The PS4-specific store listing for the Horizon Forbidden West standard edition has been similarly updated to include a bullet about the PS5 upgrade. However, Sony’s own support page about Horizon Forbidden West is still outdated; it currently says that you have to buy the more expensive versions of Horizon Forbidden West to access both the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game.

So if you’re looking to save a few bucks on your upcoming Horizon Forbidden West purchase, consider picking up the standard edition of the PS4 version instead. But grab it on Sony’s website or the PlayStation app — on my PS5, I couldn’t find the PS4 listing.

Update February 10th, 5:46PM ET: Sony’s Horizon Forbidden West listings now mention the free PS5 upgrade.