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Control Won't Give Free Next-Gen Upgrade to All Players

505 Games announces free upgrade to next-gen consoles will only be available for owners of Control: Ultimate Edition.

About a year ago, sci-fi adventure title Control was released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles while PC version remained a timed exclusive title to Epic Games Store, a controversial decision that made a faction of PC gamers upset.

Ahead of first anniversary of release, developer Remedy Entertainment and publisher 505 Games announces Ultimate Edition for Control that includes all post-launch content and free next-gen console upgrade, only for new buyers.

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Control Won't Give Free Next-Gen Upgrade to All Players

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Special editions are usually a means to get extra contents that customers have missed during original launch. Control: Ultimate Edition however, is making things complicated by not giving all players free access to next-gen console version.

Existing owners of the game will not be able to play Control on PS5 or Series X, unless they are willing to pay up for Ultimate Edition. 505 Games has not announced an alternate path to paid upgrade that lets you access all previous content.

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Official page for FAQ guide clearly states that free upgrade for next-gen console versions only available for Control: Ultimate Edition, which means those who previously bought the game, will not receive a free upgrade to PS5 or Series X.

Video game publishers are trying to normalize predatory practice of charging players extra to get next-gen upgrade these days. Earlier, publisher 2K Games revealed to increase price point for "free" upgrade of NBA 2K21 next-gen version.

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Microsoft introduced Smart Delivery feature of Xbox Series X at The Game Awards 2019 that will allow player to buy a game on Xbox One and get access to best version of that game for upgraded hardware, without any DLC purchase.

Renowned third-party developer/publisher like CD Projekt Red and Ubisoft has joined on board almost immediately to employ Smart Delivery system on release for Xbox version of upcoming Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Cyberpunk 2077.

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Electronic Arts took a middle ground by announcing a Dual Entitlement program that will let players who purchases Madden 21 on current-gen consoles to upgrade their game for free to next-gen version but only within a limited time.

With next-gen release is set for this holiday season, players on console are trying to figure out which games aside from Control can they continue playing on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X or are going to be locked behind some paywall.