Free Resident Evil 2, 3 and 7 upgrades for PS5 & Xbox Series X|S are out now

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Capcom capped of the Capcom Showcase stream by announcing that the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S upgrades for Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3 and Resident Evil 7 Biohazard are all available today. And, as was previously announced, they’re free upgrades!

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All three games originally released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and have now been enhanced for the new generation consoles with features that include ray tracing, high frame rate options and 3D audio to the game. PS5 also has support for the DualSense haptics and fancy triggers.

If you already own the game on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you’ll be able to get a free upgrade to the PS5 or Xbox Series X|S version of the game. On PlayStation 5, this will mean doing the usual upgrade process of triggering the addition of a PS5-specific version of the game to your library, while on Xbox Series X|S, the upgrades will simply be added via an Xbox Smart Delivery updated download.

PC players are also reaping the rewards of this, with an upgrade patch for the games enhancing them with the new features.

All three games are based on Capcom’s in-house RE Engine, which has already seen use on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S through the release of Devil May Cry V Special Edition and Resident Evil Village. Both games used ray tracing within certain graphics modes on the new consoles, and we can expect to see a similar upgrade and improvement to RE2, RE3 and RE7.

The Resident Evil franchise has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, first reinvigorated by the new direction that Resident Evil 7 took – a game that we called “by far the best AAA survival horror game we’ve seen in quite some time” in our review – before back-to-back remakes of the PS1 classics. These remakes completely reimagined the gameplay mechanics, shifting from fixed camera positions to third person, and lavishing the games with stunning new graphics.

Resident Evil 3 was perhaps the lesser of the two, but looking back on Resident Evil 2, we said:

“It combines the best of the original’s narrative and puzzles with the ammo crafting of Resident Evil 3 and the action gameplay of Resident Evil 4 to create a hybrid that still manages to feel like classic Resi. Old fans will enjoy the nostalgic retread of Racoon City in all its newfound glory, whilst newcomers will get to experience one of the finest episodes of the series as it should be.”

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  1. The upgrade for the PS5 isn’t technically a case of adding the PS5 version to your library. You actually need to add the new PS4/PS5 bundle. Find it in the store on the PS5, it’ll say “download” instead of giving you a price, and then goes through the normal purchase process, including sending an email. Then you get the choice to download either or both versions.

    At least you get a choice. If you want to keep the old PS4 version, you don’t get upgraded to something that takes up valuable SSD space. And you’ll need to keep the PS4 version of 7 if you want to play it in VR (assuming you hate yourself and have a good supply of clean underwear).

    The PS5 versions of 2 and 3 are each about 2GB smaller than the PS4 version. 7 is pretty much the same size.

    Hopefully 7 gets the VR version whenever PSVR2 launches. Because clearly I hate myself and have a good supply of clean underwear.

    • And it looks like it’s more complicated than it needs to be so that the PS+ Collection can keep the PS4 version of 7, while anyone who paid for it gets upgraded to the PS4/PS5 bundle. No free upgrade if you got it by having a PS5 and PS+

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