Witcher 3: how to transfer a save from PS4 to PS5

To transfer PS4 game save files to PS5 Witcher 3, you need to create a GOG account first and then sync the two versions of the save files. You can transfer the saved file using just your PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 console. However, you must install Witcher 3 on both consoles for the save file transfer to work.


Highlights

  • You need to make sure your Witcher 3 PS4 and PS5 are both powered on version 4.0
  • Login or sync your ps4 version of the game to your GOG account
  • To toggle Cross progression & run a backup file
  • When you boot, create another save file manually, and it will go to Save to cloud
  • Download the Witcher 3 Free Upgrade Version on your PlayStation 5
  • Log back in GOG account on your PS5 by launching the game and going to the My rewards section
  • Launch your Saved/Cloud Saved & play PS5 version of Witcher 3 with PS4 save files.

Witcher 3 patch 4.0 check

If you have Witcher 3 installed on your PlayStation 4 console or the PS4 version of the game on PlayStation 5, the first step is to verify that the game works with the latest patch. Version 4.0 is the latest release for PlayStation 4 Witcher 3, so make sure it’s up to date. Otherwise, the backup file transfer process will remain incomplete.

Opening the Witcher 3 PS4 version

The first step to do is to launch the PlayStation 4 version of Witcher 3. You can do this in one of two ways.

  • If your local saves are on PlayStation 4: Launch the game and check if you can see the save files of “Load Game”
  • If your Witcher 3 local saves are on the PS4 version of PlayStation 5: update your game to the latest version 4.0, then check if you can see your saved files in the “Load Game” menu.

Proceed to the next step if you have the above two methods covered.

Toggle Witcher 3 Save Cross Progress

After going to “Load Game”, you will find the save files as well as a Cross progression [L2] bottom button. If this is your first time doing a Witcher 3 cross-progression process, you will see a prompt taking you to the official Witcher game website. You will see a invite link and one QR Code to connect your profile to the company database.

You can log in using the following:

  • Use the web browser on a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5
  • Use a PC to link your game account
  • Use a QR code using a smartphone

Log in or register on GOG

GOG Witcher 3 Account Backup File
Witcher 3 GOG Account Linking

Whichever method you select, you will be prompted to sign in to the GOG account. After register or create a new accountdepending on whether you have interacted with GOGyou’ll need to go back to your PlayStation 4 version of the Witcher 3 save screen.

Acknowledgment of receipt of registration

This rewards screen on your PlayStation 4 version of the game indicates that your game save data and the Witcher 3 GOG database are now synchronized.

Manually creating a cloud save file

Witcher 3 manual save
The Witcher 3 selecting and creating a cloud save file

The next step in transferring Witcher 3 save from PS4 to PS5 involves you loading backup file you want to continue in the PlayStation 5 console. Select any save to load game of the Load menu » screen, then start playback.

  • Once your Witcher 3 game loads and you see GeraltPause the game and manually create another save file.
  • When you perform this step, you will see a cloud icon to save bar indicating that any file you create now will be used for cross-progression.
  • You are now ready and have successfully saved your PlayStation 4 version of the Witcher 3 save file for free updated graphics on PlayStation 5.

Download The Witcher 3 Free PS5 Update

Witcher 3 free upgrade version
Free Witcher 3 PS5 Update

Before you jump into loading up your Witcher 3 PS5 version of the game, you need to search the store for the version we mentioned in the image above. If you don’t have this version, then you will see the “Free” icon available. This indicates that either you haven’t downloaded the free update on your PS5, or you have installed the bad version PS5 Witcher 3.

The Witcher 3 GOG Rewards

Proceed as follows if you performed this step correctly:

  • Launch Witcher 3 PlayStation 5 with free PS5 upgrade installed [Applied to disc/digital editions]
  • You won’t see a “Load Game” or “Save Game” option, and you will only find “New game” and “My Rewards”Options.
  • Click on My rewards and complete the login process again on this version of Witcher 3.
  • If you successfully complete this step, you will be redirected to the Rewards page and you will be able to see the options “Load Game” or “Save Game”.
  • Go to “Load Game” and there you will find your last saved file of PlayStation 4 Witcher 3 version 4.0.
  • Load the save file and you will be booted to the PS5 Witcher 3 Free Upgrade version, thus completing the entire process of transferring Witcher 3 PS4 to PS5 save file process.

Summary

That’s pretty much all the gist of transferring your old PlayStation 4 version of Witcher 3 save files to the PlayStation 5 Free Upgrade version of the game. The improved graphics of its original version are reason enough to dive in once again in the mysterious, magical, demonic and dramatic world of the game.

If you are playing the game for the first time on your PS5, don’t forget to style Geralt’s hairstyle by visiting barber places in Witcher 3. In battle, always have the best runes and crossbows to overwhelm the incoming threat. Relying on top tier steel swords is great, but go the extra mile before you underestimate your enemy.

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