Naturally, there's lots of talk around next-gen right now, but one question in particular remains a bit of a mystery, particularly for PlayStation 5. If you buy a game on PS4 that later releases for PS5, can you swap to the enhanced version at no extra cost? Interestingly, Electronic Arts now appears to be in favour of such an initiative.
Speaking during an earnings call with investors, EA's CFO Blake Jorgensen comments directly on the matter. "Note that this year the phasing includes the effect of revenue recognition from the games we are launching for the current generation of consoles that can also be upgraded for free for the next generation," he said.
This sounds like certain PS4 games from the publisher are getting souped-up versions for PS5, and players will be able to swap to these next-gen ports for free. Apex Legends is likely getting the PS5 treatment, so it stands to reason other EA titles will be making the jump as well.
While this sounds pretty good, there's a possibility Jorgensen is merely referring to PS5's backwards compatibility. Sony has said the "overwhelming majority" of PS4's back catalogue will function on PS5 -- could EA simply be saying your PS4 games will work on the new console with no extra purchase necessary?
We think it's probably more than that, though. The executive's wording suggests he's talking about swapping your PS4 games for fancy new PS5 versions. Given other publishers are saying similar things -- Microsoft has been touting its Smart Delivery programme -- we think this is pretty clear.
So, certain EA games should be upgradeable to PS5 for free. What do you think of this? Are you happy about this initiative? Challenge everything in the comments section below.