best PS4 games

With the launch of PlayStation 5 just around the corner, we have picked the best PS4 games that upgrade to PlayStation 5 for free. Don’t forget to check out my PlayStation 5 unboxing video. Even if you might not be picking up a PS5 right away, the below games can be purchased on PS4 and upgraded for free to PS5 at any time!

Equally important, it’s worth noting that games you purchase physically will only be upgradable on the PlayStation 5 console with included disc drive. Should you purchase the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, you cannot upgrade your physical games. In fact, when upgrading a physical game, you simply put your PS4 disc into your PS5, and it will automatically download the necessary updates! Without further ado, let’s hope into the best PS4 games that upgrade to PlayStation 5 for free!

best PS4 gamesMarvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
Developer: Insomniac
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Genre: Action-adventure
Modes: Single player
ESRB Rating T (Teen)

Miles Morales factored heavily into the PS4 version of Spider-Man, and was integral to the Into the Spider Verse animated film. As a result, it’s only fitting, that the next big game, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales would be centred around him. Walking in the footsteps of his mentor, Peter Parker, Miles will have to conquer personal fears and obstacles to help save the city once again.

This next iteration of Marvel’s Spider-Man picks up one year after the events of the original Spider-Man on PS4, and players can expect an even prettier New York City to explore. Furthermore, you can expect a different adventure as well. Miles will obtain powers and abilities that Peter Parker never had, giving fresh legs to a familiar feeling experience. And, if you’re hesitating on whether to grab that PS5 on day one, you can upgrade your PS4 copy to PS5 at no additional charge!

Get Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales for PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5
Buy Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Launch Edition for PlayStation 5

best PS4 gamesSackboy: A Big Adventure

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
Developers: Sumo Digital, XDev
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Genre:: Platformer
Modes: Single player, Multiplayer
ESRB Rating E (Everyone)

Sackboy is an iconic PlayStation hero, and it seems incredibly appropriate that he would be the one to put a bow on the PS4, and be one of the first playable characters on PS5. In his latest adventure, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, he will need to overcome the villain Vex in order to save his friends and return Craftworld back to its former glory. Whether playing alone, or with a few friends, Sackboy: A Big Adventure is sure to delight!

Although we have been enjoying Sackboy in his many adventures since 2008, this is unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Gone are the creative elements, as this adventure’s focus is solely on playing the game, not building it. Furthermore, to create a fantastic 3D platformer, the development team has also provided Sackboy brand new, never-before-seen move sets.

Correspondingly, if you decide to pick this up on PS4, rest assured you can upgrade your copy to PS5 whenever the time is right for you!

Purchase Sackboy: A Big Adventure on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5

Get Sackboy: A Big Adventure Special Edition for PlayStation 4

best PS4 gamesCyberpunk 2077

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
Developer: CD Projekt Red
Publisher: CD Projekt
Genre: Action-Adventure
Modes: Single player
ESRB Rating M (Mature)

Cyberpunk 2077 might be one of the most ambitious games in recent memory. Set in Night City, players will take on the role of V, an outlaw mercenary who is tracking down an important implant that causes the owner to be immortal. On the path to immortality, players will create unique characters, upgrade their skill sets, and explore a city that is dying for help.

As players explore the open world of Night City, they will encounter a wide variety of unique characters. Depending on the outcome of interactions with these characters, the city itself will shift and change. Will you ultimately work for the people of Night City? Or, cheat and kill your way to the top of the corrupt underbelly? The choice is yours when you dive into Cyberpunk 2077 this holiday season, on both PS4 and PS5!

Buy Cyberpunk 2077 for PlayStation 4

best PS4 gamesWatch Dogs: Legion

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
Developer: Ubisoft Toronto
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action-adventure
Modes: Single-player, multiplayer
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

In Watch Dogs: Legion, you are part of the London-based hacker group called DedSec. Artificial intelligence rules all in London, and local authorities are using the latest and greatest technology not only to keep tabs on citizens, but ultimately to control London. Along with this technology, a military group called Albion is tasked with keeping the peace, if you can call it that. When you arrive on the scene, bombing campaigns on the city are leaving it in utter chaos. Through your recruiting of a resistance force across the city, you will slowly and steadily take it back, for the people.

Ubisoft is promising players an open world that they can tackle anyway they see fit. Everyone you see can be convinced to join your resistance. Each and every character brings their own set of skills to the underground world of London. Picking the right person at the right time could be the difference between the resistance movement driving forward, or completely stalling out. With so much variety available, and no two games that will feel the same, Watch Dogs: Legion will be one of the best titles on PS4 this holiday, and via a free upgrade on PS5 when the new console launches!

Purchase Watch Dogs: Legion on PlayStation 4
Get Watch Dogs: Legion on PlayStation 5

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action-role playing
Modes: Single player
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

If you have ever wanted to venture into the world of the Vikings, now is your chance with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Playing as a Viking clan leader, players will have the opportunity to lay claim to lands currently under English rule, by allying with your perceived enemies, and fighting those most would consider an ally. In this epic RPG adventure, be prepared for twists and turns around every corner.

Highlighted by the third generation RPG mechanics, Valhalla is building on the previous two Assassin’s Creed titles with an all new base building system. Build key buildings, interact with familiar folks, and watch your own Viking village rise from nothing. From your village, prepare to explore the ever changing lands around you, conquering foes, claiming territory, and helping friends! For those not looking to purchase a PS5 until after launch, you can hop into Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on PS4, and upgrade when you make the jump to the next generation!

Buy Assassin’s Creed Valhalla for PlayStation 4
Purchase Assassin’s Creed Valhalla for PlayStation 5

The best PS4 games that upgrade to PlayStation 5 for free

Whether you plan to upgrade to PlayStation 5 this year, or see what life you can get out of your PlayStation 4, knowing that these games give you free upgrades to PlayStation 5 is priceless. Free upgrades means anyone looking to play these hot titles as soon as they launch, can do so on either PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5. No need to wait until your next generation console is in your hands!

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