What about my saved games?
Something that players have demanded with special interest is backward compatibility. Being able to play the games you already have at home is extremely important to many, especially those who have endless collections of games on their shelves.
But one thing is to play a game again on your new console, and another is to be able to continue the game where you left off. That’s where the saved games that are stored in the profiles of each player come into play, a detail that Microsoft seems to have quite controlled and that Sony could not have paid much attention.
The mess of saved games
It all starts with Spider-man. The fantastic PS4 game will have a remastered version for PlayStation 5, and after many questions, Insomniac Games had to clarify that the saved games of the original version of PS4 could not be loaded in the remastered version of PS5.
Saves won’t transfer from the original game to the Remaster
– Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) September 20, 2020
This obviously raised a sea of doubts, and although the developers have clarified that Spider-Man: Miles Morales Yes, it will allow you to import saved games in its cross-gen version, it does not seem that this is the general trend that we find in PlayStation 5.
Hi there, you will be able to transfer your save to PS5. We’ll share details closer to launch
– Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) September 29, 2020
Not at least in DiRT 5, where Codemasters has confirmed that game saves cannot be passed from one generation to another (only creations can be imported into Playgrounds). Considering that the game comes out on November 6 and that PlayStation 5 does so on November 19, many users may prefer to wait to play on PS5 so as not to lose all the progress by changing consoles.
Currently on Xbox, all progress can be carried over between generations. On PlayStation, your Playgrounds creations can be carried over, but other game progress (Career, currency, saved liveries) cannot. If that changes, we’ll let you know!
– DIRT (@dirtgame) September 24, 2020
Microsoft, meanwhile, in the cloud
But things at Microsoft work differently. As the company itself has explained, all the saved games of the games you enjoy on Xbox One can be loaded onto Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S in a completely transparent way.
Cloud saves and four generations of compatibility means I pick up right where I left off in Fallout 4 from the comfort of my Xbox Series X.
✅Saved game and progress on my lvl 52 character
✅Fast loading and quick resume mean more time to help settlements pic.twitter.com/zP4axw2VLy
– Larry Hryb (@majornelson) September 30, 2020
The function is a way to complete the excellent Smart Delivery features, which will allow you to play on one console or another regardless of when you buy the game, and it will take care of loading the games regardless of the generation, so you can even continue that old game of Kameo that you left forgotten on your old Xbox 360. It is certainly one more demonstration of the pampered attention that Microsoft has paid to its new consoles and in everything that has to do with backward compatibility.