What Remains of Edith Finch PS5 upgrade fixed for PS Plus owners

By Lee Brady,

What Remains of Edith Finch received a PS5 upgrade on the PlayStation Store, allowing owners of the previous PS4 version to upgrade for free. Now, PS Plus subscribers should now by entitled to that free upgrade.

Update: According to games industry sales robot Wario64 on Twitter, players who originally downloaded What Remains of Edith Finch via PS Plus can now claim an upgraded copy. The fix seems similar to that which helped ease the Final Fantasy 7 Remake PS Plus headache subscribers suffered attempting to claim that game's PS5 upgrade.

edithWario64's solution, via Twitter.

To claim, simply find the version on the PS Store that is compatible with both PS5 and PS4, select the second game option — and voila. You should be free to take advantage of this beautiful game's smooth, upscaled PS5 port. Let us know in the comments if this works for you and if you're finally going to get around to playing this now that it's on your new console and everything.

Original Story:
The What Remains of Edith Finch PS5 upgrade surprised players by hitting the PlayStation Store after yesterday’s Annapurna Interactive showcase. However, players who had previously received a copy of the game as a PS Plus monthly game were quick to realise that the What Remains of Edith Finch’s PS5 upgrade is not free for PS Plus owners.

PS5 and PS Plus upgrade problems continue with What Remains of Edith Finch

edith finch ps plusPS Plus issues plague even this masterpiece.

What Remains of Edith Finch’s PS5 upgrade problem was noted by PS Plus subscribers on forums like ResetEra and is the latest in a long line of issues subscribers are having since the launch of the PS5. PS Plus subscribers are still being blocked out of the PS5 upgrade of Mortal Shell and have had headaches over Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s various versions — to name just a few upgrade issues. The problem isn't the lack of the upgrade, per se: just the lack of any hard and fast rule.

The problem also extends well beyond just PS Plus subscribers, with Sony backtracking over Horizon Forbidden West’s PS5 upgrade and outright ruling out any chance of an upgrade from PS4 for Spider-Man Remastered. We also learned recently that Persona 5 Royal’s PS5 upgrade won’t be free, even if players own the upgraded Persona 5 Royal on PS4.

It’s a frustrating problem for PS5 owners, especially because other consoles like the Xbox Series X|S receives ‘optimised’ games at no additional cost to owners. There is understandably an argument to be made over the ownership players have of games like What Remains of Edith Finch when added to their library via PS Plus Essential, though it shows a failure on Sony’s part to define the nature of that ownership more clearly to subscribers, and certainly hurts the perceived value of the subscription if players are to be locked out of years worth of game upgrades for having had a PS Plus subscription.

It certainly looks like an issue that won’t be going away for Sony anytime soon, and will surely bleed into conversations about the value of its PS Plus Extra games and PS Plus Premium games subscriptions if they too will see future issues of blocked upgrades for downloading monthly PS Plus games. Let us know in the comments below what your thoughts on this latest issue are.
Lee Brady
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Astro Bot), one eye on the past (PS1, PS2, and PS3 games), and his secret third eye on junk he really likes (Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Sonic). A PlayStation fan for over 25 years, he loves replaying classic games via PS Plus.
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