How do you transfer your Death Stranding PS4 save game to Death Stranding Director's Cut on PS5? How can you continue your Death Stranding progress from PS4 to PS5? With the Director's Cut now available, you might be wondering how you can move your save file over to PS5 and keep playing where you left off on PS4. As part of our Death Stranding guide, we're going to explain this process, telling you step-by-step how to get your PS4 save file across to Death Stranding Director's Cut.
Death Stranding Director's Cut: How to Transfer PS4 Save File to PS5
Below, we'll take you through how to move your save file from PS4 to PS5 one step at a time.
Ensure Death Stranding (PS4) Has the Latest Patch Installed
The first thing to do is ensure you have the latest version of Death Stranding installed on your PS5 or PS4 console. You want the game to be on Version 1.13. You can check whether your game is up to date by hitting Options while on the game's icon and then selecting Check for Update. Your console will then either tell you it's up to date, or it'll begin downloading the latest patch. This update enables the PS4 to PS5 save transfer functionality, so it's pretty important.
Start Up Death Stranding on PS4
Once it's up to date, boot up the PS4 version of Death Stranding. You can do this on either your PS5 or PS4 console. If you're loading it up on PS5, double check you're starting the correct version of the game by looking for the black PS4 logo next to the game's title.
Continue Your Game and Clear Outstanding Missions
At the main menu, select Continue to hop back into the game from your last save. Before you can transfer your save game to the PS5 Director's Cut version, you will first need to ensure Sam has no active Orders. So, finish off any Orders you might have, and make your way to the nearest Delivery Terminal.
At a Delivery Terminal, Press Options and Select 'Export Save Data'
When you reach a Delivery Terminal, don't activate it. Instead, press Options to bring up the System menu. Here, you'll find the option 'Export Save Data'. Select this to begin the process. You will be presented with a message explaining what is and isn't kept when you transfer your Death Stranding data from PS4 to PS5 (see below).
Read through this and, when you're ready, select OK. You'll then receive a prompt telling you the export was successful — it should only take a few seconds.
Close Death Stranding on PS4 and Start Up Death Stranding Director's Cut on PS5
With your PS4 save file exported and uploaded, it's time to boot up Death Stranding Director's Cut on PS5. Do so and you'll find yourself at the main menu (after watching that flashy PlayStation Studios logo, of course).
Import Your PS4 Save File
At the main menu, you can choose the option 'Load Game (PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5)'. This is what you want to select if you want to continue your progress with Director's Cut. Select it and then hit OK. After a few seconds, you'll be informed that the import was successful.
Enjoy Death Stranding Director's Cut
That's that! Once your PS4 save is successfully imported to Director's Cut, you can load up your save file and continue connecting America — just with shinier graphics, better performance, and all that good stuff. God speed, Sam!
Death Stranding Director's Cut: What Is Transferred from PS4 to PS5 with Save Data?
While your progress and the vast majority of game data will be carried over when you transfer your save, there are some things that will be lost when you start your save in Death Stranding Director's Cut. The game will tell you all of this before you agree to export your PS4 save, but we've outlined it all here for you as well.
Everything That's Kept and Lost When You Transfer Your Death Stranding Save from PS4 to PS5
- All active standard orders and supply requests will be cancelled.
- Online shared content including cargo, structures, and vehicles will be lost, and replaced with new shared content from a new server.
- Any cargo picked up while out in the field will be lost.
- Cargo carried by Sam will be retained.
- Cargo in private lockers will be retained.
- Cargo in postboxes or safe houses that could not be rebuilt will be lost.
- All other cargo in the field will be lost.
- All vehicles left in the field will be lost. Vehicles stored in garages that you have built will remain in place. Vehicles stored in safe houses shared online or safe houses that could not be rebuilt will be lost.
- Structures that you have built (including signs, cairns, and golden toadstools) will be redeployed when you approach their location. Structures that cannot be redeployed due to terrain changes resulting from new specifications will be lost.
- Previously unlocked rewards, mails, interviews, and tips will remain available.
- Newly added story-related rewards, mails, tips, etc. will be available immediately if you have made sufficient progress through the story, and will be accessible from their respective menus.
- Any recovered memory chips will be retained.
- MULEs, BTs, and other enemies will be returned to their original states. All corpses will also be removed from the game world.
- In most cases, craters caused by voidouts will disappear, and the terrain will be returned to its original state. However, some craters will remain in place.
- Paths that you have created will remain in place. However, these paths will not be shared with other players.
- Rebuilt roads will remain in place.
- The amounts of materials donated to facilities will remain as they are.
- All trophies earned will be retained, apart from in cases where the conditions for earning a trophy have changed and the new conditions have not been met.
- Activities will be unlocked and available immediately based on your progress through the story.
- Information on other players with whom you formed Bridge Links or Strand Contracts will be lost. All other information will be retained.
- Any adjusted options will not be carried over.
So, after following these steps, you should be able to transfer your PS4 save file to PS5 and continue enjoying Death Stranding with the Director's Cut. For lots more information about the game, read up our Death Stranding guide.
We the PS4 version installed too?! 😫 game’s already starting to drag and I haven’t even booted it up!
I just started again as I don't really care if there is a new game plus, I just wanted to experience the game again in about better quality. It doesn't look as good as the PC version which is annoying. I was hoping they would optimise it better for ps5. Ahh well, it's still very cool. I wish I hadn't played it and and could experience this version the first time on a ps5
@Quintumply So does this mean, if I don’t have a digital copy of DS PS4 on my digital PS5 and no longer have my PS4, I’m screwed into replaying the game from the beginning without the option of playing the game from the end, focusing on all the new goodies?
@somnambulance did anyone find the answer to this? Looks like you have to buy the digital PS4 version i reckon
@Barryburton97 I had to go to a friend’s house, and use his PS4, log in, and play the whole 5-10 minutes of the game needed to do the task, and then I booted the game up at home to do the roughly 2-3 hours of extra material. Love Death Stranding with all my heart, but it was frustrating.
However, I place the blame on Sony rather than Kojima for this because Sony’s customer support was not in any way helpful with resolving the issue when I called in. Both the rep and the supervisor I talked to encouraged me to purchase the full priced Digital Deluxe on top of the PS5 Digital Deluxe I had preordered and that there was nothing else I could do other than this. Or I could start the game over. I couldn’t get a refund to reallocate the funds to play the game in a more common sense way because I “preordered the game before the reimbursable period had passed.” Really horrible customer service. I can honestly say that both Nintendo and Xbox have the leg up on PlayStation customer service. Good luck if you’re in the same boat. At least, in the very end, Death Stranding looks and feels better than ever.
@somnambulance thanks for the answer! I also sold my PS4 and bought a DE PS5 , so their advice would apply to me too. The annoying thing is that the PS4 version is not on sale, while the PS5 Director's Cut is. At least I'll be able to upgrade to the PS5 DC after, but it's so annoying that you don't get both versions if you buy the PS5 version..
They should've given you a refund, that's also poor.
I agree on Death Stranding though, an amazing game that hits heights of immersion and emotional connection that I don't think I've ever had in another video game.
@Barryburton97 Hope you’ve got a friend that’s willing to help! I just don’t understand the oversight. In all honesty, I’ll remember the annoyance this was above any of the new content too, which is a real shame because Death Stranding is my favorite game of all time. The original release helped me maneuver through a loss in my family too.
I just really have a hard time processing Sony’s customer service and refund policy though. I feel like the whole situation is predatory. I’m sure we’re not the only people that were confronted by this situation. I mean, I loved Death Stranding so much that I was willing to preorder and pay full price for two separate deluxe versions, just years apart. And Sony was asking for a third time? It’s insulting and idiotic. However, it’s still better than Activision customer support! Lol
@somnambulance yes they could have just copied the approach from Ghost of Tsushima and had the PS5 version recognise PS4 saves. Surely not that complicated to implement.
I don't have an Xbox but it does seem they have the edge over Sony on this type of thing.
@Barryburton97 Believe me, I actually enjoyed what Kojima was trying to do with the quirky save state transfer thing. It’s unique and there’s nothing wrong with the concept… outside of the fact that people change the hardware they use and the means they acquire software. All Sony had to do to fix the issue is let people get the PS4 version of the game with DC. I mean, that’s what Ghost of Tsushima did.
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