Persona 5 Royal Has No PS5 Upgrade System, So I’m Replaying on Switch

Atlus has opted not to give PS4 owners a cheap way to play the PS5 port.

Replaying a game as long as Persona 5 Royal is a tall ask. Not because the RPG isn’t excellent, because it is, but because a 100-hour time sink for any game is a lot, especially if you’ve already played through the game in question before. So, as we inch closer to the game’s launch on PlayStation 5, Xbox, and Switch, you’d think Atlus would want to bring down as many barriers to entry for folks as possible with something like an upgrade system between PS4 and PS5 for people who already bought the game like a lot of companies have been doing in this cross-generation stage of video games? Well, they’re not doing that. And with a Switch version coming out the same date, there’s probably a better way to play Persona 5 Royal on the way.

News of this comes from the Persona Channel website, which includes a Q&A about the upcoming port. It starts off simple enough, answering questions about whether or not people who haven’t played any of the older games can jump in with Persona 5 Royal and what the difference is between the original game and the definitive edition. But then it confirms there won’t be any kind of upgrade system for those who already own the game on PS4 on PS5. So if you were hoping you’d be able to cheaply jump from one generation to the other, it doesn’t look like that will be the case.

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All that being said, I don’t think I was ever going to buy the game on PS5 to begin with, as the Switch version is what’s catching my eye now. Persona 5 and its definitive edition are the only mainline Persona games I’ve ever played on a TV, and while Royal is one of my favorite games of all time (even got a Ryuji tattoo to prove it), playing the game tethered to my PlayStation 4 was an objectively worse experience for me than playing Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden on my Vita. So I was already leaning away from replaying the Phantom Thieves’ story on my PS5 to begin with. But this was just the nail in the coffin, and if you’ve got the Switch to do it, I’d recommend opting to play the game on that system. Your wrists and neck will thank you.

That’s all assuming the Switch version runs as well as other platforms. The original Persona 5 also launched on PlayStation 3, so it’s not a technically demanding game, but stranger things have happened. Although, if you’re a real sicko for PlayStation trophies, since the PS4 and PS5 versions are likely considered two separate products, you might get two sets of trophies if you have the fortitude to platinum it again.

Persona 5 Royal is coming to PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Switch on October 21.