We’d had some indication from the likes of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Saints Row The Third Remastered that Sony had solved the PlayStation 5’s curious save transfer system, but Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut puts any scepticism beyond doubt. In order to move your progress from the PS4 version to its next-gen counterpart, you’ll simply need a save stored locally on your system.
So, for example, if you’ve played Ghost of Tsushima through backwards compatibility in the past, then you don’t need to do anything: just boot the Director’s Cut and select Transfer PS4 Console Save. That’s it: you’ll load into your game exactly where you left of – and, yes, all of the Trophies that you’ve unlocked previously will pop.
If, however, you last played Jin’s heroic adventure on a PS4, then all you need to do is download your data from the PS Plus cloud onto your PS5. And if, of course, you don’t have Sony’s subscription, then you can just use a USB stick to move the data to your new console. But that’s it: you don’t need to install your PS4 copy and upload your save data within the game or anything like that.
Sony was roundly criticised at launch for its complicated save transfer procedures. Effectively, the PS5 couldn’t read PS4 save data, so the only solution was for developers to implement upload protocols into their last-gen games, so that the information could be unpacked and then converted online. This wasn’t ideal because it meant installing the PS4 game just to transfer the data.
But that problem, like many other PS5 teething troubles, appears to be a thing of the past. It’s not ideal that the console launched in somewhat of a half-baked state, but the most important thing is that these issues are being eradicated relatively promptly. Hopefully we never have to deal with this particular drawback again.
I know it was an issue but the issue that it was was overblown. Like it is not THAT complicated to go and transfer your save from PS4 to PS5.
I wasn't that bothered by the save transfer issue, but still good to see it sorted.
As for the game, I was going to do a new run, but I might just go straight in to the new expansion right away.
I also just got my Skipping Stone Bow Hunter build to 110. Really eager to push it to the new 120 cap and breeze the og raids with some friends.
Revenge will be sweet.
So in a way it's a downgrade from the original process since you now need PS+ to do the cloud save transfer instead of that being offered for free from within the game.
Good stuff! I actually took time to download the PS4 version in anticipation of needing it but good to know I don't need to worry about it now. So pumped to jump back in this weekend!
Is there a ps5 upgrade download yet ?
Or am I missing it.
I already purchased the PS4 DC. and downloaded it.
No chance am i using old saves. I'm starting from scratch again. Can't wait!
Good, the save files transfer problems are annoying.
Can't wait for this on the PS4! First playthrough as well!
I wish Sony would change Spider-man's transfer system to this. I don't have the PS4 version anymore
@matt1040 I was wondering the same thing. I got the base game on sale for 50% off or something, so I didn’t mind getting DC, but now I’m confused on how to upgrade to PS5 version. FF7R was a bit easier to figure out, but even that… I sort of didn’t figure out til launch day
From what I can make out the PS5 upgrade will be available from tomorrow 20th, I thought they would have done two packages on PS4 to make it easy. Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut PS4 £15.99. Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut with PS5 Upgrade £25.99 etc
@Nepp67 i agree..whilst some games were a bit long winded in the upgrade procedure (avengers i'm looking at you here) i think that most ps5 issues were blown way out of proportion and were pretty simple to perform..never encountered any issues with my ps5..none..
Yes yes very nice but I'm I right in thinking that in order to upgrade to the PS5 version I have to buy the expansion?
Please add this fix to Spider-Man. I played the base game when it was available on PS Now and then bought the collection for PS5, but can’t transfer my 98% completed PS4 save since I don’t own a copy of it.
@Milktastrophe No, because you can use a USB stick to transfer the save. As stated in the article...
totally agree, I'm going to re-platinum when I get it!
I hope that was the case with doom eternal ps4 save file..bethesda is looking bad..they are playing weird politics against playstation.
Question: do I need the PS4 version fully installed on my PS5 to get the upgrade or what do I need to do?
To think I was one of the dudes laughing at Microsoft calling their solution "smart delivery". I mean c'mon, pretentious much?
Well, guess what, 18 months in as a 1st time xbox gamer (xb1x and then xbsx) and maaaan how PlayStation looks archaic in regards to how it manages both save files and different platforms game files. I just never ever have to think about these things, it just works on XB.
Bringing in Spiderman ps4 save game to ps5 was just the worst. Sony has not thought these things through. But then, they know we'll accept the suffering for the unique and great games they have on offer, so...
@AFCC no. Just download ps4 version save to your system or copy save game from your ps4 on a usb stick.
@TheDudeElDuderino yes yes, but I was talking about the upgrade itself. PS Store only shows 20 euro upgrade for the ps4 and 80 and 70 euros DC versions for PS5 and PS4 respectively. No 30 euros version to upgrade PS4 to PS5 versions.
Also, my disc doesn't work on installation, only playing, so this might be a problem for me!
Have platinumed the PS4 version, so will delete my save to start again on the PS5 🤠
Enjoyed every minute on the PS4 too
@AFCC oh, that could be. I'm not even sure how Sony handles physical versions in relation to digital upgrade...
@TheDudeElDuderino how do you think they do it? Badly, of course x)
In 2021 not having systems to make things extra easier is just a shame
Just installing it now and can't decide if I should carry on from previous save or start all over again.
I've definitely forgotten all the moves and controls so that may be a good move.
@AFCC it boggles the mind how PS digital side still operates, basically, on the same level as in 2010.
Is the upgrade path from PS4 to PS5 time limited? In other words, do I need to buy the PS4 upgrade, then also pay for the upgrade to PS5 early so as not to miss out on the cheaper option when compared to buying Director's Cut outright on the PS5?
will be starting fresh will earn them again.
They need to uncouple cloud saves from PS+.
@Bdbrady I agree wholeheatedly. It needs to be available for all psn users for free.
The fact this is news worthy is an embarrassment. What the heck are Sony's cloud saves for if games don't utilize them seamlessly like this? Whenever a game whose data I KNOW is backed up on the cloud can't transfer to a newer version without issue, or doesn't even try, it's an utter shame and has actively stopped me from double dipping on occasion. If a dev can't handle the basics, I don't trust them. Period.
@PlayNation5 transferring over USB is also a downgrade compared to free cloud save transfer.
@Fiendish-Beaver There's no time limit.
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