At this year’s Gamescom, Sony announced a unique “trade-up” program centered on the ability to upgrade certain cross-gen titles to their next-gen counterpart, from PS3 to PS4.
The announcement was accompanied with much fanfare, however the specifics were kind of vague, and Sony didn’t have many details regarding the pricing scale of the upgrade fees. The program gives gamers the opportunity to avoid buying a completely brand new PS4 copy of a game they previously purchased for their PS3, allowing fans to save a pretty penny in the process.
Sony’s UK managing director Fergal Gara has recently shed some light on the initiative, revealing to Gamespot that publishers will have direct control over the upgrade fees:
“It will be down to the publisher to decide,” Gara said.
“That mechanism doesn’t affect us, because we’re not publishing any titles across both platforms. It’s over to the EAs, the Activisions, and the Ubisofts to go and decide what the differential is to trade up.”
While it may seem a bit daunting that publishers will have this kind of hold over the pricing, Gara dissolved some of that worry by saying the fees most likely will not be substantial and that they will be “fairly priced”–but he declined to give any exact figures.
Activision has since revealed that the upgrade fee for Call of Duty: Ghosts will be $10, and we may see similar trends in pricing from participants such as Warner Bros., Ubisoft and Electronic Arts.
The promotion itself includes such popular cross-gen titles as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Watch Dogs, giving gamers who pick up a PS3 copy of these titles the chance to get a digital copy for a “significantly discounted price.”
It would be interesting to see some sort of cross-console upgrade program, however that most likely will not happen as it would be counter-intuitive to the next-gen war…although it would be convenient for gamers who are switching over to the PS4 from an Xbox 360.
Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 4 is slated to release on Nov. 15, 2013 for $399, and be sure to check out our recent coverage for more information on promotions, games, and more.