How to get the PlayStation 5 upgrade for Destiny 2: Beyond Light

Confusion abounds this afternoon as the expected release of the PlayStation 5 version of Destiny 2 seemed to go a little awry. Those who are already playing on PS5 got the 1.03 update but it was only 1.8gb, they were downloading the standard patch for the PS4 version and not the full PS5 upgrade.

With just minutes of the maintenance window to go and after many people had already downloaded the updated, Bungie clarified that the full PS5 version would not be available until 5pm GMT and you will need to do a manual update.

To get the PS5 version of the game you must go to the Destiny 2 page on the PlayStation 5 Store, click the three dots, and then select the PS5 upgrade.

If you do not have Destiny 2 already installed, the game now has a combined store page for Destiny 2 PS4 & PS5. In a dumb quirk of the PS Store on PS5, downloading Destiny 2 from this page will queue downloads for both PS4 and PS5 versions of the game, and both have very, very similar install sizes –  in the UK the game on PS5 is 60.519GB, while on PS4 the download is 60.703GB.

You obviously don’t want two version of the same game on your PS5, so to figure out which download is which, start the download and then bring up the Destiny 2 game hub from the main menu or Game Library. You can tell which version of the game you are viewing from the top left corner of the screen. If it says ‘Destiny 2’ it’s the PS5 version, if it says ‘Destiny 2 | PS4’ it… isn’t.

Tap on the download progress bar and note the total file size of the versions, then open the download queue via the PS button > Downloads/Uploads and cancel the relevant download.

Or cancel both downloads once they’ve started, find Destiny 2 in your Game Library, make sure it’s the PS5 version page and tell it to download.

On Xbox Series X|S, the enhanced update will automatically download via Smart Delivery.

UPDATE: If you have not already installed Destiny 2 on your PS5 you will have to start downloading the ‘free’ version of the PS4 game, then click on the triple dots when it’s downloading and select the “FULL PS4” version to download, and then from the full version you can then click on the three dots and download the PS5 version. What a mess!

Here are the next gen enhancements that have been introduced for the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5.

Feature Xbox Series X PlayStation 5 Xbox Series S
Resolution 4K 4K 1080p
Framerate 60fps 60fps 60fps
120hz Crucible Support Supported* Supported* Not Supported
Field of View Slider Yes Yes Yes
Faster Load Times Yes Yes Yes
Cross-Generation Play Yes Yes Yes
Next-Generation Upgrade Free Xbox Smart Delivery Yes Xbox Smart Delivery


  • Option for customizable Field of View (FOV) has been added to the Settings > Video menu.
  • Option for 120Hz Crucible Mode has been added to the Settings > Video menu.
  • Updated controller rumble feel on the DualSense Controller.

The full patch notes for update 3.01 have now been released and you can read them all here. While Destiny 2 was offline Bungie dropped news of what is to come next year and the big ticket item is that cross-platform play is confirmed for 2021. They are also going to add DDOS protection for Destiny 2 players on all consoles during Season 13, along with two new strikes, Fallen S.A.B.E.R. and Devil’s Lair. Legendary and Master Lost Sector rotation will be also e expanded during that season to include Lost Sectors on the moon, and there will be three new pieces of Exotic armour to collect. For more on that, click here. 

Source: Bungie

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