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Destiny 2 is coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X   

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Destiny 2 is coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X

Destiny 2 will be coming to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, developer Bungie announced on Thursday. Exactly when those next-gen versions will be released, or if they will have any changes from the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, is unclear at this time.

In theory, you would have been able to play Destiny 2 on the PS5 and Xbox Series X anyway, thanks to backwards compatibility. Sony says the PS5 will support an “overwhelming majority” of the more than 4,000 PS4 games and Xbox Series X will play existing Xbox One games. That means the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Destiny 2 will probably work on the next-gen consoles. But it’s nice to see that Bungie has committed to releasing versions of Destiny 2 optimized for the improved hardware on the upcoming machines.

But there are quite a few questions about how this is all going to work. Destiny 2 made the shift to a free-to-play model last fall and introduced a Fortnite-style seasonal battle pass earlier this year, changes introduced after parting ways with previous publishing partner Activision in January 2019. Bungie also introduced cross-save last August, letting you move accounts between PS4, Xbox, and PC, and it seems likely you’ll be able to move your account to the next-generation versions of Destiny 2 as well.

However, it’s not clear if players on next-gen consoles will be able to play with or against players on the current generation, as that could be a concern if the new consoles add features like field-of-view sliders or drastic bumps in frame rate that could give you a competitive advantage. It’s also not clear if Bungie will let you transfer purchases.

Currently, despite cross-save allowing you to move your account across platforms, you still must buy individual licenses for in-game content if you want to access that content on another platform. That means you can play certain free-to-play elements of Destiny 2 on, say, PS4 while having only purchased the latest expansions on PC. But the expansion remains locked to where you buy it, requiring you buy it twice to access it elsewhere.


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