This week’s release of the next generation version of Marvel’s Avengers is welcome news for the game – but it shines a light on the bold process of transferring storage from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5.
Marvel’s Avengers developer Crystal Dynamics tweeted detailed instructions to help confused customers after both the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game had to be downloaded and updated to make the storage transfer work, and the transfer of storage data via PlayStation Plus cloud storage was impossible.
Here’s what you need to do: first you need to launch the fully updated PS4 version of Marvel’s Avengers and go to the Save Migration tab in the main menu to start the upload.
When the transfer is complete, you will need to launch the PS5 version, where you will be prompted to download the data.
Here’s the annoying part: even if you have the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game on the same console (for a total of 120 GB), storage migration is required to start storage on the PS5 version.
In addition, you need to download the latest update for the PS4 version so that you can download the PS5 version. This means that if you are running the version of the PS4 game that is not up to date, you will not see the Save Migration tab and you will not be able to transfer storage data.
The result is this: do not delete the PS4 version of Marvel’s Avengers before transferring the storage to the PS5 version. Once you have imported the storage to the PS5 version, you can safely delete the PS4 version from the console.
It’s a similar situation with some other PS4 / PS5 games, like Insomniacs Spider-Man. “Just to be clear. You need to use the PS4 game to export your storage,” Insomniac community director James Stevenson said in November. “Remastered can not see a save until it is exported by the PS4 game. This is the way.”.
Some gamers had problems with Marvel’s Avengers PlayStation storage transfer process when it went live because the migration tab did not appear – which was recognized by Crystal Dynamics. The developer said that this should now be fixed, and apologized for the inconvenience.
“If for some reason you still have problems with the transfer, please let us know and we will look into it” added the developer.
Of course, transfers from Xbox One to Xbox Series X and S are automatically saved via Microsoft Smart Delivery.
Is it worth the effort? Here is Digital Foundry’s analysis of Marvel’s Avengers on PS5.