A new PS5 update has added an alert when the system detects you may be accidentally running the last-gen version of a game that has an updated PS5 version. This update fixes a somewhat confusing issue PS5 users have been experiencing since the consoles launch.
Noted by Twitter user Tidux, when starting the PS4 version of a game on your PS5, now prompts a dialogue box. It alerts the user that they’ve launched a last-gen version, and then allowing them to switch to the PS5 version instead.
When the PS5 first launched, various cross-generation games would default to their PS4 versions. Obviously this left quite a few players confused as to why the games didn’t look or run better, because they were supposed to be playing the next-gen version.
While this does solve the problem, it isn’t as efficient as Microsoft’s Xbox Smart Delivery. Their system auto-detects which version is optimized for the hardware you’re playing on and downloads the proper one.
Previously, a series of steps had to be followed to confirm you were playing the correct PS5 version. This included going through an options menu that would show you the platform explicitly.