Methods to Transfer Save Files – PS4 to PS5 – Horizon Forbidden West

Horizon Forbidden West is finally out and enfolds a world aimed for hours of navigation. However, players who started their journey on PS4 (PlayStation 4) and are shifting over to PS5 (PlayStation 5) might not enjoy it due to the possibility of leaving behind their save file loaded with progress. 

Fortunately, Sony and Guerrilla Games enable a smooth transfer of Horizon Forbidden West saved games from PS4 to PS5. There are several steps to keep in mind, but the overall process is easy to follow and straightforward. 

You can transfer your Horizon Forbidden West save files from PS4 to PS5 through three methods: 

  • Connecting to the online storage of PS5 
  • Game data transfer via Wi-Fi or LAN (Local Area Network) 
  • Transfer through a USB device  

Additionally, it’s important to highlight that you must use the same PlayStation account on both consoles while using any of these methods to transfer data. 

Here are the step-by-step guides of the three methods to transfer your Horizon Forbidden West game data from PS4 to PS5. 

Method #1 – Connecting to the Online Storage of PS5 

Methods to Transfer Save Files – PS4 to PS5 – Horizon Forbidden West
Horizon Forbidden West

This method demands you to utilize PlayStation’s online storage feature. The function permits users to enter into storage worth 100GB, which they can use to save and transfer files from one console to another when needed. 

If you forgot to activate automatic uploads before switching over, this guide will help you perform an upload manually. 

  • On the PS4, go to the Settings option 
  • Find Application Data Management 
  • Look for Saved Data in the System Storage 
  • Select Horizon Forbidden West amongst all the games 
  • Choose Yes to upload the saved file 
  • Press Upload to Online Storage 
  • On the PS5, go to the Settings option 
  • Select Saved Data (PS4)  
  • Choose Horizon Forbidden West option from Cloud Storage 
  • Confirm the Import Game From PlayStation 4 prompt 
  • Pick the save game files you want to use on the PS5, and you’ll be good to go 

Method #2 – Game Data Transfer via Wi-Fi or LAN (Local Area Network) 

Methods to Transfer Save Files – PS4 to PS5 – Horizon Forbidden West
Horizon Forbidden West

Before starting the file transfer process, you need to make sure that your PS4 and PS5 are updated. Moreover, you’ve to sign in on them with the account you plan on using.  

  • Progress onto the Trophies option on the PS4 
  • Press the Options button 
  • Choose the Sync with PlayStation Network action 
  • Connect the consoles to one network via Wi-Fi or a LAN cable 
  • In order to connect them via a LAN cable, plug one end into PS5 and the other into PS4 
  • Make sure to power on both the PS5 and PS4 
  • Go to Settings in PS5 and select System 
  • Enter into the System Software tab 
  • Hit Data Transfer and choose to continue 
  • Click on the PS4 you want to shift the Horizon Forbidden West data from 
  • A Prepare for Data Transfer prompt will appear 
  • Press and hold the PS4 power switch till it starts beeping 
  • Select the Horizon Forbidden West game data you want to transfer on the PS5 
  • Read the precautionary statement prompts 
  • Hit Start Transfer, following which your console will restart 
  • Start Horizon Forbidden West 
  • Choose the Import Game from PlayStation 4 option and pick data you want to register on the PS5 

Method #3 – Transfer through A USB Device  

Methods to Transfer Save Files – PS4 to PS5 – Horizon Forbidden West
Horizon Forbidden West

The final method requires you to own a compatible USB device, and the rest is a cakewalk. 

  • Plug the USB device into your PS4 
  • Navigate to Settings 
  • Find Application Saved Data Management 
  • Click on Saved Data under the System Storage tab 
  • Select the Copy to USB Storage Device action 
  • Choose the Horizon Forbidden West saved game file you wish to transfer 
  • Transfer the files to the plugged in USB device 
  • Go to Settings on the PS5 
  • Hit Saved Data and Game/App Settings 
  • Select Saved Data (PS4) option 
  • Press on the selected USB Drive 
  • Confirm the Copy to Console Storage option 
  • Start Horizon Forbidden West 
  • Then choose Import Game from PlayStation 4 and pick the save games you wish to use on the PS5 
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About Horizon Forbidden West

Horizon Forbidden West is the sequel to 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn by Guerilla Games. An open-world, action adventure game, players control Aloy, a Nora hunter who is on a quest to reverse the effects of a strange crimson blight which is infecting the land. Set in a completely new world, Horizon Forbidden West has many new machines, threats and adventures for Aloy.

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