Destiny 2’s next-gen update arrived this week on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, bringing 4K and 120fps gameplay to console Destiny players for the first time. Setting up the next-gen update hasn’t been the smoothest process for everyone, especially PlayStation 5 players. This guide will briefly walk you through the process of installing or updating Destiny 2 on your PS5.
First of all, if you haven’t yet downloaded Destiny 2 on your PS5 then all you need to do is navigate to the store page and type Destiny in the search bar. There will be several results, including all of the available expansions, but to start playing you just need to install the first one that comes up. The price will be free and the icon for the game will say PS4 and PS5 on it. If you’ve ever played Destiny 2 on a PS4 then your Bungie account is already linked. If you’ve played on another platform like Xbox, Steam, or Stadia, you want to go to Bungie’s cross save site and link your accounts together. You’ll still need to buy the expansion your want to play on each platform, but by linking your accounts you’ll be able to play the same characters on each.
If you’ve already been playing Destiny 2 on your PS5, I have some bad news. The game is not going to update to the PS5 version automatically. In fact, the PS5 version of Destiny 2 is actually a completely different game. The PS4 version has been merged with the PS5 version in the store, but the version of the game you’ve already been playing will not be receiving an update. In order to get the next-gen version, you need to go to the store and re-download the game. The PS5 will let you keep both versions of the game on your console, but the PS4 version can be safely deleted.
The next-gen version is about 70GBs and includes a FOV slider, 4K, 60fps gameplay in PvE, and 120fps gameplay in PvP. Most importantly, the new version of the game drastically reduces load times, which have historically been a huge problem for console players. I’ve played a bit of the next-gen update and I have to say, it feels like a totally different game.
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Eric Switzer is the Livestream News Editor for TheGamer as well as the lead for VR and Tech. He has written about comics and film for Bloody Disgusting and VFXwire. He is a graduate of University of Missouri – Columbia and Vancouver Film School. Eric loves board games, fan conventions, new technology, and his sweet sweet kitties Bruce and Babs. Favorite games include Destiny 2, Kingdom Hearts, Super Metroid, and Prey…but mostly Prey. His favorite Pokémon is Umbreon.
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