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How to Upgrade PS3 Games to PS4 Versions

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If you bought games like "Call of Duty: Ghosts" or "Assassin's Creed IV" for your PS3 and plan on picking up Sony's new PS4, you won't have to purchase the title all over again to experience the next-gen version.

Thanks to Sony's new PS3 to PS4 program, you can upgrade select PS3 games to a PS4 version for just $10. Here's how to take advantage of the promotion, which lasts until early next year.

1. Make sure you own either the Blu-ray disc or digital download of the PS3 game you'd like to upgrade. If you're upgrading an eligible disc, you'll have to redeem the included voucher code in the PlayStation Store on your PS3 beforehand. 

2. From the PS4 home screen, scroll up and select PlayStation Store.

3. Scroll down and select "PS3 to PS4."

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4. Select your game of choice. Currently, you can upgrade "Assassin's Creed IV," "Battlefield 4," "Injustice: Ultimate Edition," and "Call of Duty: Ghosts."

5. Select Purchase to upgrade your game for $10.

6. Insert the original PS3 disc to begin playing the PS4 upgrade version.

Sony's PS3 to PS4 promotion is running for a limited time for certain games. You have until Jan. 31, 2014 to upgrade "Assassin's Creed IV," Mar. 28, 2014 for "Battlefield 4," and Mar. 31, 2014 for "Call of Duty: Ghosts." As of this writing, neither Sony or WB Games have announced an expiration date for upgrading “Injustice.”

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    mouse24 , November 15, 2013 3:22 PM
    Thats pretty cool. I have to admit.
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    pastydavid , November 15, 2013 3:28 PM
    I like this too. Although, I will most likely buy the One. I just bouth Ghosts digital download for Xbox 360/One for only $10 more. This lets me play with all my friends who don't buy the One and then play on the One when I'm by myself.
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    iamadev , November 15, 2013 5:01 PM
    I too am more likely to get a One but that is a great feature, shame it is time limited though. I would imagine there will be lots of people wanting to port their old game collection over to the new consoles.

    The shame in all of this is that it is likely for selected titles and a short period only. A permanent fixture like this for all or most titles would be a huge feather in the cap of either PS4 or XB1
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    dimar , November 15, 2013 6:34 PM
    Many games could fit on a 50GB blu-ray disk of both PS3 and PS4 versions. I wonder if Sony considered that?
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    NuclearShadow , November 15, 2013 8:03 PM
    I have to say that I am against it, the reason why is because not this makes a profit motive to not include backwards compatibility with previous consoles which of course this generation of consoles now completely lacks. Why would the console manufacturers ever consider bringing such a feature back if they and the game publishers can make more by re-selling the same games this way?
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    rohitbaran , November 15, 2013 8:40 PM
    They lack backward compatibility because the architectures are very different. It is a good thing they are allowing $10 upgrades only rather than buying full games again. If there was a simple porting system from previous to current gen, the upgrade would still require some investment from a developer I think, so even then a price for it would be justified. In this case, the game development would be totally different, so it is only fair to charge a small amount.
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    Darkk , November 15, 2013 9:02 PM
    He is correct on lack of backwards compatibility. Since the new console is based on x86 architecture it'll be alot easier to program so $10 is reasonable cost for upgrade.
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    danwat1234 , November 15, 2013 11:40 PM
    So once the user puts the original disk in the PS4, the PS4 downloads the x86 version from the internet?
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    JOSHSKORN , November 16, 2013 12:42 AM
    I wonder what the difference is between the "Upgraded" version and the PS4 version.
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    back_by_demand , November 16, 2013 1:16 AM
    Microsoft should offer free upgrades of digital only titles, with no time limit, that should give them a healthy boost
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    rohitbaran , November 16, 2013 1:17 AM
    There is no difference. Read the article.
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    spectrewind , November 16, 2013 10:30 AM
    Agreed. The choice to move from the IMB powerpc based cell to x86 is an architectural change that they fully knew would have this effect.
    I see math that works like this: Pay $60 for a PS3 game, later charged an additional $10 to migrate it to the PS4 version. Effectively a $10 punishment for the PS3 game purchase, or, maybe an indication to expect $70 PS4 games? Sony adds lipstick to this pig of an idea and then rolls it in glitter.
    That would be like charging PC gamers extra money for a directx 11 patch for a directx9 gaming. The content didn't change, only the visuals.
    The general unsuspecting public has no idea that Sony designed this from the beginning and is fooling everyone who opens their wallets to it.

    Do you know of a workstation where any of the source code for these games are created on the IBM PowerPC Cell BE platform that the PS3 uses? I'm betting that they are source-code developed on something x86 based, then compiled into object code optimized for the Cell BE platform. Assuming this is the case, and the src code is properly written, couldn't they go back and re-compile the old title and release it as a patch for software the paying customer had already purchased. (Just like shipping printer drivers for both MAC and PC).
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    spectrewind , November 16, 2013 10:32 AM
    * from the IBM powerpc
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    blahshmiah , November 16, 2013 11:22 AM
    I did just as instructed in this article. I was asked by my ps4 if I wanted to download the multiplayer or single player mode first. I elected for the multiplayer. After it the multiplayer part was finished downloading (the single player part is still downloading at this point), I hit the "X" button to install it. Now it just sits on a blue screen that reads Application Update at the top, Installing Application and a moving circle in the center of the screen, and I have 1 option to hit the "O" button to go back. Which if I do, the install doesn't continue in the background that I know of. Been sitting on this screen for 45 minutes now. It took less than that to download. Someone PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!
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    jurassic512 , November 16, 2013 12:59 PM
    Sony's PS3 to PS4 promotion is running for a limited time for certain games.

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    back_by_demand , November 16, 2013 1:01 PM
    Blahshmiah, sucks to be you
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    DrBackwater , November 16, 2013 8:05 PM
    Okay lets clarify "one" thing for kick starters, it's called xbone, because once it releases it too will get destroyed like the playstation 4 did.

    It should be xbox 720 but microsoft realised it's bad idea becasue the console must scae from 720p to 990p to actually be great at 30 frames per second, and that's great? (but not for microsoft, they prefer people not knowing that the xbox 360 scales from 240p to 720p)

    So, we come back to xbone.
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    miguelrwilliamson , November 16, 2013 11:23 PM
    <b>my neighbor's half-sister makes $82 an hour on the internet. She has been out of a job for 8 months but last month her check was $21541 just working on the internet for a few hours. visit here =====>>><b>
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    BrianCPerkins , November 17, 2013 8:50 AM
    my buddy's step-sister makes $72 an hour on the computer. She has been laid off for 8 months but last month her payment was $12918 just working on the computer for a few hours. Here's the site to read more...........
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    Jance_Walk3r , November 17, 2013 11:37 AM
    @penisface6969, there's gonna be more features added to the ps4 via updates, so calm down don't worry. Also with a name like that I'm sure lots of people will take you seriously lol
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