Remember when buying video games was simple?
I don’t blame you if you didn’t want to wait for the release of the PlayStation 5 to play Final Fantasy VII Remake. With how long everyone was waiting for that thing, people would’ve probably played it on a graphing calculator if it came out before the PS4 version. If you’re one of those early adopters and were also lucky enough to get your hands on a PlayStation 5, you can get the upscaled version of the game on PlayStation 5 for free. Doing so, however, is a bit of a rigmarole.
The PlayStation Store currently has multiple distinct listings for Final Fantasy VII Remake, including the base version for both the PS4 and PS5 and the PS5-only version that has the newly-released Intergrade DLC baked in. If you got a digital copy of the game on a PS4, then it should be registered to your PSN account. As such, if you visit the PlayStation Store page titled “FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE upgrade for PS4 version owners,” you can download the PS5 version for free. Just make sure you don’t launch the PS4 version from your console menu by accident, as they are two distinct game files.
Buster Sword or 4-point Shuriken?
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) June 10, 2021
There’s a few caveats with this: firstly, while the standalone PS5 version of Final Fantasy VII Remake includes the Intergrade DLC, upgrading a PS4 copy of the game will not give you the Intergrade DLC for free. You’ll need to cough up an additional $20 for it. Secondly, if you bought the PS4 version on a physical disc, but only have a digital-edition PS5, there’s no way to perform an upgrade, since the game isn’t directly tied to your PSN account. Finally, if you received your digital PS4 copy of the game for free through a PS Plus promotion, then you’re not eligible for the PS5 upgrade. You’ll have to shell out the full $69.99 for the complete PS5 version.