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The Last of Us 2 Remastered — how to upgrade from PS4 to PS5

 The Last of Us Part II Remastered keyart.
The Last of Us Part II Remastered keyart.

The Last of Us Part 2 — or simply The Last of Us 2 if you’d prefer — is being remastered for the PS5, bringing one of the best PS4 games up to a next-gen standard. The appropriately named, The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered is set to launch on Friday (Jan. 19), and there’s good news for owners of the original game.

If you already bought The Last of Us Part 2 on PS4, then Sony has confirmed that there will be an upgrade path available to all current owners. Whether you bought the sequel digitally on disc, for a one-time fee, you can upgrade to the shiny new The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered on PS5. Got some questions? Don’t worry, we’ve got all the information you need down below including the upgrade price and release date.

How much does The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered upgrade cost?

The Last of Us Part II Remastered upgrade path explainer image
The Last of Us Part II Remastered upgrade path explainer image

Sony has confirmed that current owners of The Last of Us Part 2 on PS4 will be able to upgrade to The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered on PS5 for $10 (£10 in the U.K.).

That’s the same upgrade fee we saw when the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection launched on PS5 in early 2022. That remaster also came from the Sony-owned studio Naughty Dog.

If you don’t already own The Last of Us Part 2, the remastered version will cost $49 when it launches on Friday, January 19. However, you can get it for $10 cheaper if you buy The Last of Us Part 2 on sale for $29 at Walmart, and then pay the upgrade fee separately.

The Last of Us Part 2 (PS4): was $39 now $29 @ Walmart
The sequel to one of the most acclaimed video games of all time, The Last of Us Part 2 is a richly cinematic experience that sees Ellie set out on a quest for revenge after a tragic event. This PS4 copy of the game is on sale for $29 at Walmart, and is eligible for the $10 upgrade to the new PS5 remastered version, saving you $10 overall. View Deal

When can I upgrade to The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered?

The Last of Us Part Remastered is now available to pre-order via the PlayStation Store.

However, the upgrade path is not currently visible on the store page. This has led to a little bit of confusion online as some gamers have assumed they are ineligible to score the discounted upgrade.

Fear not, The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered upgrade path hasn’t been unlocked quite yet. You will be able to upgrade your PS4 copy to the native PS5 version on launch day (Jan. 19).

As of now, it’s not been confirmed if the upgrade will go live at midnight local time, or if Last of Us fans will need to wait until later in the day to score their shiny new next-gen copy for just $10.

How do I upgrade to The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered?

The process of upgrading to The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered will be relatively simple once launch day (again that’s Friday, January 19) rolls around.

If you own The Last of Us Part 2 digitally, then just head to The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered page in the PlayStation Store from your PS5 console, and you should see the option to upgrade straight away. If the option isn’t there and you’re being asked to pay the full $49, click on the ellipsis (...) to select the upgrade option from the subsequent menu.

If you own The Last of Us Part 2 on disc, the process is the same as noted above, however, you will need to ensure your Last of Us Part 2 disc is inserted into your PS5 console at the time.

Sony also states that “Owners of PS4 disc copies must insert them into the PS5 every time they want to download or play the PS5 digital versions." This means you can’t buy the $10 upgrade and then give your PS4 disc away to a friend or family member.

Is The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered worth buying?

The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered reviews have now landed as we're just a couple of days away from its launch, and, perhaps unsurprisingly,  the game is getting a rave reception just like the original PS4 release did back in 2020.

I wrote our The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered review and called the game "the definitive way to experience one of the best PlayStation games ever made." For starters, not only does it pack the original masterfully crafted campaign, but the new content is extremely worthwhile. The new No Return mode is a real game-changer.

In my review, I also stated that "The Last of Us Part II Remastered is an essential PS5 game for new players and veterans alike. The visual and performance upgrade is minor compared to the PS4 original, but the suite of additional content is worth the admission price. The roguelike No Return mode is a real winner, and the deeper insight into the game’s development will delight longtime fans of the franchise."

The game is certainly worth the $10 upgrade fee for returning players, and even the full $49 price for newcomers is easily justified for a game of this immense quality. The Last of Us Part II Remaster is easily going to rank among the best PS5 games.

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