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Custom racing arenas created using the game’s new Playgrounds mode will be available to players who move from current to next-gen PlayStation consoles, but all other progress will be lost in the transition.
In contrast, Xbox players will be able to carry over all progress from the current-gen version to the Series X/S version, Codemasters has said.
Dirt 5 marks the latest of several PS5 titles to confirm they won’t support cross-platform saves with their PS4 versions.
Insomniac Games confirmed this week that Spider-Man Miles Morales saves will be transferable from PS4 to PS5. However, cross-generational saves won’t be supported between the PS4 version of the original Spider-Man and its PS5 remaster.
And on Monday, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio confirmed that Yakuza: Like a Dragon saves won’t be transferable between PS4 and PS5.
Dirt 5 and Yakuza: Like a Dragon support Microsoft’s Smart Delivery technology, which means players “only have to purchase a title once in order to play the best available version for whichever Xbox console they choose to play on”, with all progress carrying over between current and next-gen versions.
Sony hasn’t announced a unified free cross-generation upgrade programme for PlayStation 5 like Smart Delivery. Instead, it seems to be leaving such upgrade schemes to the discretion of third-party publishers.
Dirt 5 will be released in November for consoles and PC, while a Google Stadia version will arrive in early 2021. The game will offer a free next-gen upgrade plan on Xbox and PlayStation consoles.