If you want to play 2020’s biggest upcoming games on both your current gaming hardware and the upcoming next-gen consoles, console manufacturers and game publishers are making the transition a bit smoother than usual. Microsoft is unifying its Xbox One and Xbox Series X physical discs by offering one “Xbox” version that is compatible with both platforms, touting how backward-compatible the Series X will be with other Xbox console games. Meanwhile, pre-order listings for PS5 games show two different boxes, one for next-gen and one for PS4, but plenty of PS4 games will have free upgrades to PS5, which will probably be a little confusing for those who are window-shopping at major retailers at launch. The distinction also has the potential to cost you more money if you aren’t careful.
PS5 pre-order listings for a trio of upcoming Ubisoft games–Watch Dogs Legion, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Far Cry 6–are currently