PSA: PS4 to PS5 Disc Upgrades Will Reinstall PS4 Version When Swapping Discs

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For those upgrading from PS4 to PS5, it’s refreshing to know that almost all your games will work on your next-gen console, and most even have free upgrades. However, there is one thing Sony or devs haven’t told you and it’s that most PS4 to PS5 disc upgrades will end up taking double the space since it will reinstall the PS4 version upon disc insertion on certain titles.

While it was discovered that the PS5 will default to installing/downloading the PS4 version a few days ago, it seems that physical based upgrades have a bit more of a problem when it comes to taking up space.

For those unaware, games such as Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Borderlands 3, and many more offer a free digital upgrade to the ps5 version if you own the a physical disc for PS4. While digital owners don’t have to worry about disc authentication and can delete the PS4 version permanently, this based upgrades will try to forcibly install the PS4 version, even after downloading the PS5 version.

This was tested by us, as we tried with Watch Dogs Legion and Marvel’s Spider-Man. While initially we thought deleting the PS4 version the first time around would fix this issue, upon switching to another game and then switching back to one that offers a free upgrade, the PS4 version would stealthily be installed in the background. We had to verify this after seeing a couple of threads over on the PS5 subreddit

The only reason we noticed this is because while playing Spider-Man we had received a notification saying that the PS4 version is ready to be played (after inserting disc again) , despite deleting the data some time ago.

What this means for end users is that their console may be storing data that isn’t needed. Do note that this doesn’t appear to be the case for every game (and apparently some users period), as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla isn’t performing a reinstall upon inserting the disc a user told us.

If you’ve managed to come across an upgrade that doesn’t do this, let us know down in the comments.

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6 thoughts on “PSA: PS4 to PS5 Disc Upgrades Will Reinstall PS4 Version When Swapping Discs

  1. I have this issue with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. This is a bug, and Sony needs to patch it. There is NO REASON for a PS5 owner to prefer the PS4 version of a game, unless there are bugs with the PS5 upgrade.

    So far it’s just an annoyance, and I have an external USB hard drive so it’s not taking up any of my fast storage, but it’s going to become a problem as my library grows, especially since I’m going to prefer buying the PS4 version of games if they are available with a free upgrade (more resale flexibility).

    If I’m being cynical, it feels like Sony is punishing PS5 owners who still buy the PS4 version of games.

  2. I have this issue with Dirt 5. I changed discs to load another game after deleting the PS4 version of Dirt 5. When I inserted the Dirt 5 disc again it started to install the PS4 version of Dirt 5 again !!

    This seriously needs sorting as storage is already at a premium especially with no way currently to expand for next gen games.

  3. I have problem with mk11 ultimate disc edition
    After instal game only main game available not like
    Ultimate edition all packs not available
    Still need pay for all
    Please help

  4. This shit needs to get fixed ASAP man this is underly ridiculous $500 bucks and hard to get and when you get it there’s terrible hard drive space you fucking people at Sony know these games are huge the console should have come with 2TB hard drives outta the gate come on man 👎🏽👎🏽👎🏽👎🏽🤬

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