Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – how to upgrade from PS4 to PS5 for free

Make that next-gen leap of faith.

Ubisoft recently announced that several of its games launching from now into 2021 will be eligible for a free next generation upgrade on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. It’s a smart initiative and one that deals with the financial burden of making that leap to new hardware.

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is one of the games that is eligible. Available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Google Stadia, and Xbox Series X|S, it will finally be joining the PlayStation 5 line-up when Sony’s shiny new console launches on November 19th here in the UK.

We’ve been testing the PS5’s games and features for the past couple of weeks now and while there’s a lot to love, some features don’t come tagged with explainers or are hidden away in submenus. This guide will quickly show you how to upgrade your existing copy of Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla from PS4 to PS5.

First, you’re going to actually need a copy of the game, whether you purchased Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla via the PlayStation Store digitally or got yourself the physical version.

Once you’ve set up your PlayStation 5 and signed into the PSN profile used to originally buy Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, go into the PlayStation Store and look for the game. If it does not appear on the main store page along with other new releases then use the search function in the top right corner.

Even when you locate the page for Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, you may miss where to upgrade to PS5. If you press download then you’ll likely end up installing the PS4 version instead. When on the store page, look to the right side and you’ll see an icon for the PS5 upgrade (it’s sitting just above the trophies tab). We’ve attached a screenshot below so you know where to look.

Naturally, the PS5 version offers several advantages with Ubisoft making the use of Sony’s next-gen tech. Expect improved loading times, enhanced visuals, and DualSense integration. The trade-off here is that the files size will be considerably larger than Valhalla on PS4. At the time of writing, the Viking era sequel weighs in at a hefty 84.55GB.

If you’re already well into Eivor’s journey on PS4 then there are a couple of things you should take into consideration. If you’ve logged into Ubisoft Connect via the game’s menu then you can carry your save data over to PS5 and pick up where you left. Of course, make sure you have a copy of your save file also backed up on a console of USB just in case there’s an error.

One thing that doesn’t carry over however is your trophy progress. Booting up Valhall on PS5 for the first time will present an identical list of trophies that won’t unlock retroactively.

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