Borderlands 3 owners to get free next-gen upgrade

Vertical split-screen is also on the way for both current and next-gen versions.

Anyone who owns Borderlands 3 on a current-gen console will be offered a free next-gen version, Gearbox has confirmed.

Announced on the official Borderlands Twitter account yesterday, the next-gen version of Borderlands 3 will include both three and four player split-screen support thanks to the extra power. In addition, playing solo will allow you to bump things up to a resolution of 4K, with 60FPS. However, the Tweet also notes that the 4K 60FPS support is only available on the Xbox Series X and PS5, not the Xbox Series S, which runs at a native 1440p.

As stated above, the upgrade will be entirely free to anyone who owns a current-gen copy of Borderlands 3 and a next-gen console. That’s not the only news included, however. Following an awful lot of requests, the post also confirms that both next-gen and current-gen versions of Borderlands 3 will be getting two-player vertical split-screen support. We don’t know which of your monsters decides to play in this manner but hey, at least Gearbox is finally deciding to acknowledge you.

Borderlands 3 is the latest in a long, long line of games offering free next-gen upgrades to players. Naturally games-as-service titles like Destiny 2 and Warframe are making the jump, but a huge number of existing titles such as Doom Eternal, Marvel’s Avengers and The Witcher 3 have also confirmed free upgrades. Perhaps more enticingly, several upcoming games are also getting next-gen upgrades. If you’re interested to know which, we’ve put together a list of the biggest cross-gen games you can read here.

So to recap, current-gen Borderlands 3 owners will be given a free next-gen upgrade for the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. Some of the updated features won’t be supported on the Xbox Series S however, largely thanks to its lack of 4K support.

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