From what I heard and remember hearing correctly, characters that are leveled up through the PS3 can be transferred to the PS4 version (assuming that both consoles have the game).

So what if I wanted to go back to the PS3 version with some friends? I only have the PS4 version at the moment--would my PS4 characters transfer over to the PS3 side? What if I wanted to go to the 360 version too to play with some other people too?

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Yes, your Destiny characters are possible to use on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and PS3 and PS4. But your character cannot transfer between systems. Either its between Playstations, or between Xboxes. As DualShockers explain here in an interview.

(...) As you’ve discovered, as your Guardian evolves it will be able to travel from one generation of console to the next. Just like hopping worlds, you can use the same Guardian on Next Gen and Legacy Gen consoles – so long as you stay in the same system. Ergo, you can move from PlayStation to PlayStation and from Xbox to Xbox, but not across product lines.

But when it comes to the playing itself, you cannot play on say your PS4 with friends who are playing on their PS3, as PlayStationLifeStyle.net explains here.

I’ll speak for the hypothetical player. I have a disadvantage sniping across the map because [my opponent with a new-gen console] is only two pixels on my screen and I’m four pixels on his. You see that in the world of PC gaming, where people are always racing to the best video card to give themselves the advantage.

Regardless of where the reality is, there’s definitely a perception among gamers that better hardware means you have an advantage. We don’t want to have to enter that fray, so to create the best, most level playing field, both actually and perceptually, we separated it by platform.

  • So you're saying that I could log off on my Xbox One, boot up my Xbox 360, and immediately continue playing with the same character, using the same loot, XP, skills, inventory, everything that I just logged off from on Xbox One? And then when done, I can just switch system and continue playing? There's no character transfer or similar? Sep 20, 2014 at 12:18
  • If I understand correctly from what has been said, yes. You could basically do it just like that.
    – Havatra
    Sep 21, 2014 at 16:32
  • @LasseV.Karlsen As Havatra said, the answer is indeed yes. I'll explain a bit further though: The reason this works is because Destiny is an always-online "MMO" style game. That means that all of your character properties and inventory are stored on their servers - not on your console. (It's possible that there's some form of cache on your console while you play, but the server is the authoritative copy.) So, whenever you boot Destiny, it loads your character properties from the server and you go from there. This is also what allows you to manage inventory via web/app.
    – Iszi
    Oct 9, 2015 at 15:36

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