Gamescom Sony announces new PS3 to PS4 game upgrade initiative at Gamescom

Sony’s presence at Gamescom 2013 enraptured millions of gamers worldwide, and the Japanese gaming giant showcased a number of upcoming features, games, and additional content that solidified their apparent dominion in the next-gen war.

There was one announcement that stood out from the rest–a date that is now forever etched into countless calenders and emblazoned in every PlayStation fan’s memory.

The anticipation had been rising to new heights in the last few months, and as Gamescom neared, the gaming world was awash in rumors surrounding the PS4′s official release date. Sony satiated our wild curiosity by revealing that the PS4 will launch on Nov. 15 in the U.S. and Nov. 29 in Europe.

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Aside from the official launch dates, Sony highlighted a number of interesting new games, additional features, promotions and even a price cut on the PS Vita.

Among these highlights was a new initiative that’s aimed at reducing the transitional waiting period (and the concurrent costs) of certain high-profile multi-gen titles that are coming out for PS3 first, and then the PS4 second.

Sony’s new upgrade program is offered to gamers who purchase PS3 versions of Watch_Dogs, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Call of Duty: Ghosts or Battlefield 4 and want to upgrade to a PS4 version of those games.

PS4 Controller Sony announces new PS3 to PS4 game upgrade initiative at GamescomThe initiative offers a “significantly discounted price” for a PS4 digital download of the select titles, allowing players to save money and avoiding the potential double charge they’d face by purchasing a game’s PS4 counterpart.

This upgrade is similar to recent savings initiatives offered byAmazon and GameStop, however these promotions are centered around Xbox One upgrades instead.

Amazon’s “One Up Your Game” promotion is geared toward online purchases whereas GameStop’s promotion, which is limited to PowerUp Rewards members only, includes both retail and online purchases.

Sony hasn’t divulged the exact value of the discounted price that players will receive, however they did reveal that EA, Activision and Warner Bros. have partnered for the deal, and we will most likely hear more about the initiative during Gamescom proper or in the next coming weeks.

For now be sure to check out our ongoing PS4 coverage for the latest news, and we’ll be sure to update you once more information comes to light from this year’s Gamescom.