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Sony details upgrading PS3 games to PS4 games

by William Schwartz


Back at Gamescom, Sony announced they they had a plan to allow users to upgrade select PS3 games to PS4 games through the PlayStation Store at a discounted price of $9.99. Today, through their PlayStation blog, Sony provided more details on this upgrade system.

According to Sony, the select titles are: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4 and Watch Dogs. And this offer applies for a limited time, so take advantage when you can.


According to Sony, if you bought the game through retail, there will be a code inside for you to redeem that will allow you to buy the PS4 version of that same game through the PlayStation Store for the discounted price of $9.99. Also, every time you wish to play the PlayStation 4 version of the game, the PS3 disc must be in the PS4 disc tray for you to activate and play the PS4 version of the game. In short, do not throw away or sell the PS3 disc. Also, Sony clarified because some gamers wondered if you needed to buy a PS4 to redeem the code. According to Sony, no you do not. You simply redeem the code and download the digital copy when you receive your PS4.



If you bough your PS3 game through the PlayStation Store, you have no worries. You only need to get your PS4 and look at the PlayStation Store for the game and it will be available for $9.99.

As stated beforehand, this program only lasts for a short time. According to Sony, you need to redeem the code and make the purchase before:

January 31, 2014 for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Watch Dogs

March 28, 2014 for Battlefield 4

March 31, 2014 for Call of Duty: Ghosts

If you are still confused, here are the step-by-step instructions for retail and digital.

Disc Only
Step 1: Open an account on the PlayStation®Network (or log in to PlayStation®Network using your existing PlayStation®Network ID account).
Step 2: Select the PlayStation®Store icon on the PS3™ system home screen.
Step 3: On PlayStation®Store, select ‘Redeem Codes’ at the bottom of the menu.
Step 4: Enter the voucher code (“Code”) exactly as it appears on the voucher.
Step 5: Once the Code has been entered correctly, select ‘Continue’ on the dialog box.
Step 6: Select ‘Confirm’ to accept the Terms of Service.
Step 7: Select ‘Continue’ to complete Code redemption.
Step 8: The Code redemption is now complete. The Code cannot be used again or associated with a different SEN account. Once you have your PS4™ system, you can proceed with the next step.

Step 1: On your PS4™ system, register the PS4™ system with the SEN account through which you redeemed the Code.
Step 2: Select the PlayStation®Store icon on the PS4™ system home screen.
Step 3: Search for the name of the game on PlayStation®Store and select ‘Purchase’ to download digital version of the same game to your PS4™ system hard drive. The discounted price will be deducted from your network wallet according to the Terms of Service and User Agreement.
Step 4: Insert the PS3™ game disc into your PS4™ system**.

Digital Only
Step 1: Buy or pre-order* the PS3™ digital version of the game from PlayStation®Store or Sony Entertainment Network Store.
Step 2: In PlayStation®Store or Sony Entertainment Network Store, find the PS4™ digital version of the game as soon as it becomes available. The special price will be available for accounts who purchased the PS3™ Digital version of the game from the PlayStation®Store.
Step 3: Buy or pre-order** the PS4™ digital version of the game at the special offer price. See Promotion Restrictions for Each Game.

- This article was updated on:March 8th, 2018

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