Transferring your Death Stranding save file from your PS4 to your PS5 can be a bit frustrating. Use this guide to eliminate headaches.
Players either return to Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding or tour the 2019 sci-fi adventure game for the first time thanks to Director’s Cut for the PS5. The visuals and performance upgrades along with new content are more than enough to entice playing this unique title.
If you are a returning gamer, you might run into some difficulty and inconvenience when it comes to transferring your old save file from the PS4 version to the newer PS5 version. Read the guide below to find out what you need to move your backup file. The process of transferring Ghost of Tsushima’s save to his Director’s Cut is extremely straightforward, but Death Stranding feels like a step back in that regard.
What do you need
First of all, you need both copies of Death Stranding installed on your PS5 to complete the transfer. If you are running out of hard drive space, you can at least download the PS4 edition to an external hard drive.
We know this is inconvenient and makes no sense as PS Plus users have access to cloud backups, but this is the way to go.
How to transfer the backup
Once the two copies have been downloaded, start the PS4 version of the game. Enter the game and then activate the pause menu. From here, go to the “System” tab and under the “Save” function, there will be “Export backup data”. You can only export one backup file, so make sure it’s the most recent.
Besides, the backup file you download cannot have currently active commands. If there are any, you need to enter the game and complete them. We’re guessing there’s no better way to make you want to play a new version of a game than by jumping into the old edition a bit. Once the pending orders have been placed, you are now free to download the backup file.
PS5 Death Stranding
Fortunately, you have already done the most troublesome part of the process. All you have to do is start the PS5 version of Death Stranding. In the menu there is an option that says “Load data (PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5)”.
Select this and tell them yes. Save data should transfer seamlessly to the PS5 version and you should be able to play where you were on the old version.
Once you start the new save file, you’ll be beset by a barrage of trophy notifications (assuming you’ve beaten the game or made significant progress). Much of the content in Director’s Cut is unlocked during the campaign, but everything becomes available if you’ve already completed the game or if you’ve passed a certain part of the story.
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