Sony is confusing players on how to buy Spider-Man Remastered on PS5

2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man is coming to the PlayStation 5 but getting it won’t be simple. Sony has confirmed during an interview that Spider-Man Remastered – its upgraded PlayStation 5 version – will not be sold as a standalone game or even be given as a free upgrade for existing PlayStation 4 Spider-Man owners.

Instead, the only possible way to purchase it will be through the Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition bundle for $70. The bundle contains the 2018 Spider-Man Remastered Edition and the upcoming spinoff which when sold on its own only costs $50.

The problem is, as with a few other cross-gen titles, there are actually two variants of the 2018 Spider-Man – the old PlayStation 4 edition which has been released in 2018 and a new version of the game called Spider-Man Remastered. The remastered version will feature particular next-gen enhancements to benefit from the power of the PlayStation 5 such as ray tracing and faster load times.

A few developers including Ubisoft and CD Projekt Red are allowing its players to upgrade to the next-gen editions of their games with no costs. Other developers such as 2K Games and 505 Games are charging its players for their next-gen enhanced editions.

The perplexity lies in the fact that all the next-gen consoles including the two versions of the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X/S are backwards compatible. This means players who don’t want to spend money to buy the next-gen version of the game can still play the current-gen versions of those games on their new consoles.


The only difference is that backwards compatible games will not have the improvements and enhancements of the next-gen consoles. One good example is Cyberpunk 2077 which is supported by the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X via backwards compatibility to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One upon release but it will also launch a free next-gen edition for its existing players later on.

Sony is complicating this problem by providing free upgrades in some situations and paid ones in others. Players who bought Spider-Man: Miles Morales for the PlayStation 4 will get a free next-gen edition upgrade. Players who already own the original Spider-Man 2018 will have to buy it again for the PlayStation 5 assuming that they want the remastered edition’s performance enhancements and graphical improvements. And as an additional snag, the only way to buy this remastered version will be through the expensive $70 bundle.

With all these things taken into consideration, there are only three ways to play Spider-Man on the PlayStation 5:


  1. Buy the standard Spider-Man edition for the PlayStation 4 which will run on the PlayStation 5 via backwards compatibility. However, it will not have the PlayStation 5’s improvements of the remastered edition.
  2. Buy Spider-Man: Miles Morales on the PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 for $50 then pay again an extra $20 to upgrade it to its Ultimate Edition to receive Spider-Man Remastered. However, save games will not be carried on and players will have to start the spin-off game all over again.
  3. Buy Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition for $70 and get both games hassle-free.


Christian Allen Tandoc
Christian Allen Tandoc
Christian Allen Tandoc is a frantic writer, blogger, and ghostwriter. He quit his office job as an Applications Engineer for the love of writing. When he’s not working, he’s either playing with his PS4 or his 1-year old daughter.

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