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How to Install the PS5 Version of a Game so You Don’t Get the PS4 Files

Sony still has a bunch of UI elements and features they need to work on with the PS5. We already know users can’t copy PS5 games to an external HDD or SSD for safekeeping, there’s no 1440p support and we can’t upgrade the SSD. However, cross-generation games are also proving to be quite a hassle to deal with and anyone who is purchasing a PS5 should know how to avoid downloading the PS4 version of a game when there’s one available.

For example, if you purchase digital editions of Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and other cross-gen games, you get both the PS4 and PS5 version. The problem is that sometimes the console downloads the PS4 game and why would you want to play the PS4 version when you have a PS5?

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To avoid any hassles when downloading your digital content, you need to make sure you have selected the right version of the game. This especially goes for when you buy a cross-gen game on the PS5 as it often automatically starts downloading the PS4 version for some reason. COD is one of these games. The best thing to do is to cancel the download if you have started it after purchasing a game. Then perform the following steps to ensure you download the PS5 version.

  • Go to your Game Library (The icon on the right-hand side)
  • Find the game you just recently purchased or want to download and click on it
  • This takes you to the Game Hub for that game. Click on the three dots on the right-hand side next to the “download” button.
  • Here you will see the different versions of the game you own. Click on the PS5 version.
  • This will start the download.


It will now download the right version. Keep in mind that all PS4 games on your PS4 always have a “PS4” tag at the end of the name on the home screen. In addition, in the Game Library, there’s also a “PS4” block that indicates this. If there is no “PS4” tag then you have downloaded the correct PS5 version.

I did encounter a bug whereas Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War had the “PS4” tag on its name though it was the PS5 version. The tag showed up two days after playing the game which was strange. This is the only time I encountered this. Don’t delete the game thinking you downloaded the wrong version if followed the steps above.

Marco is the owner and founder of GLITCHED. South Africa’s largest gaming and pop culture website. GLITCHED quickly established itself with tech and gaming enthusiasts with on-point opinions, quick coverage of breaking events and unbiased reviews across its website, social platforms, and YouTube channel.

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