June 26, 2022

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The free Resident Evil 7 upgrade isn't free for PS Plus collection owners

The free Resident Evil 7 upgrade isn’t free for PS Plus collection owners

We recently learned that Resident Evil 7: Biohazard will be getting a new generation upgrade – but if you get the game through the PS Plus Collection, it’s not free.

Capcom shared a lot of exciting news during its summer 2022 show, among them the announcement that several Resident Evil games will receive surprise new generation upgrades for free.

The PS Plus Collection is a PS5 exclusive for PlayStation Plus subscribers, giving them a selection of 20 classic PS4 games at no extra charge, but in this case it comes with a major downside. Digital copies of Resident Evil 7 acquired from the PS Plus collection are not eligible for the free upgrade to the PS5 edition, which means players have to purchase the game separately to get the Enhanced Edition.

This is not the first PlayStation Plus game that is not eligible for an upgrade. Final Fantasy VII: Remake was offered free to PS Plus subscribers early last year, but this version of the game couldn’t be upgraded to the PS5 version, forcing players to purchase the game in order to access updated features and exclusive new generation Episode DLC.

Sony finally reversed its decision last December and began allowing those with the PS Plus Collection version of Final Fantasy VII: Remake to upgrade to the PS5 version, but for many, it was too late. It’s uncertain if Sony will eventually do the same with Resident Evil 7, but it will certainly be appreciated by those who don’t want to have to rummage through their wallets for something they already have.

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The new version of Resident Evil 7 offers improved graphics, higher frame rates, and ray tracing. Additionally, PS5 players can take advantage of 3D audio and DualSense features for a deeper immersion.

Billy Givens is a freelance writer for IGN.