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How Destiny is changing for players on 'legacy consoles' PS3 and Xbox 360

Bungie outlines how players will have to upgrade if they want more Destiny

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

When developer Bungie announced Destiny's next expansion, Rise of Iron, earlier this month, the studio also confirmed it was leaving the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game behind. Today, the company detailed how players will be able to bring their "legacy console" characters over to modern platforms — and what content players on PS3 and Xbox 360 will be missing out on come August.

Destiny players who own the PS3 or Xbox 360 versions of the game will need to purchase a copy of Destiny: The Taken King for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One game if they want to play Rise of Iron and receive new game updates. PS3 and Xbox 360 players will be required to perform an "account import" using their PlayStation Network and Xbox Live accounts, respectively.

More details on account importing are available in Bungie's support guide.

After sometime in August, Destiny players on PS3 and Xbox 360 will no longer have access to live events, Trials of Osiris and Iron Banner Crucible matches. Players on legacy consoles will also no longer have the option to purchase individual exotic weapons and armor from Xur. They can still purchase exotic and legacy exotic engrams, as well as consumable items.

Destiny players on legacy consoles will retain access to Prison of Elders, raids, boss challenges and daily and weekly challenges. More details on legacy consoles are available at Bungie's support guide.

In August, Bungie is also disabling "the majority of methods for purchasing Silver," Destiny's in-game currency, for legacy consoles. More details on Silver purchases and the Eververse Trading Company for older Destiny platforms can be read here.

Destiny: Rise of Iron will be released for PS4 and Xbox One Sept. 20. The fourth major expansion for Destiny will include a new raid, a new strike, new story missions and new weapons and gear.

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