The list of All PS Plus Games – which currently spans over 800 games if you pay up for PS Plus Premium – is quite startling. Sony had promised around 700 games prior to its revamped subscription’s release, so we already had an idea of what to expect, but seeing it all laid out on the PS Store is eye-opening. For an annual fee of £99.99/$119.99 – roughly double the price of the borderline mandatory PS Plus Essential – you get a lot of bang of for your buck here. Is it the best deal in gaming? Well, let’s not go down that path.
Indeed, it’d be easy to draw comparisons to the Team in Green’s overbearing subscription strategy, and we’ve no doubt the comments will take a turn in that direction regardless of what we write here. But it’s important to remember that Sony has a different approach to its subscriptions: PS Plus is essential to the organisation’s business, but it’s not the only focus – it’s moving in a different direction to its competitors. For that reason, we’d rather look at the new tiers for what they are rather than what they’re not – ultimately, consumers will determine the success of PlayStation’s path.
PS Plus Extra Proves the Importance of Catalogues
And there’s no doubt that PS Plus Extra specifically is great value for money – especially if you’re a new PS5 or PS4 owner. While its game catalogue of roughly 414 games shares a lot of similarities with the now-defunct PS Now, the library has been revamped in the right way. Sony’s not included brand-new games like Horizon Forbidden West and Gran Turismo 7, but it has added best-sellers like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut – popular first-party releases that still do well at retail.
It’s this inclusion of major names that elevates the service above PS Now, and makes it more attractive overall. The likes of Returnal and Demon’s Souls, two PS5 exclusives that attracted furrowed brows at $69.99/£69.99, will find new fans as part of PS Plus Extra – and you’re paying just £33/$40 on top of your traditional PS Plus Essential subscription to gain access to them both (and hundreds more) for an entire year. Obviously in this age of soaring gas prices, that’s still a considerable sum of money, but we do think Sony’s got the pricing right here – it’s a somewhat straightforward upsell.
To be fair, if you’re the kind of enthusiast that frequents a site like Push Square, you may find the library less compelling as a consequence of buying many of the major titles day one at full-price. And that’s an area where the new PS Plus tiers fall short, because Sony’s already said that major exclusives like God of War Ragnarok will not launch into the service. But it’s absolutely imperative to remember that not all gamers invest this heavily into their consoles; the majority of players only purchase a handful of new releases every year.
And this is where the importance of catalogues come into the equation. There’s an undeniable appeal to day one releases, but there’s also inherent value in a compelling library of games that you can enjoy on-demand – and Sony has delivered on that. Whether it’s Death Stranding, Red Dead Redemption 2, or God of War, there are dozens and dozens of major titles available to play in the new PS Plus Extra tier – with the promise of more to be added every month. Factor in old staples like the PS Plus Essential monthly games and PS Plus Collection, and it’s difficult to complain.
PS Plus Premium Will Need Strengthening
Where things get less compelling is in PS Plus Premium, which is messily assembled. There are a number of additional perks here, ranging from cloud streaming to classic games, but it lacks the cohesiveness of the PS Plus Extra tier. For example, Sony has decided to include remasters here, like The Last of Us Remastered, which makes it a little confusing overall. The promise of PS1 and PSP emulation is certainly appealing, but the results are mixed and the selection minuscule right now – it all feels a little directionless.
Sony is, of course, also still paying for mistakes it made over 15 years ago with the cumbersome architecture of the PS3; while armchair analysts argue it’s possible to emulate the last-last-gen console on the PS5, the reality is that it hasn’t achieved it yet, and so cloud streaming is required to play titles like Tokyo Jungle and Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time. Despite being one of the first-movers in the cloud-streaming space – it had a huge headstart on the likes of Google Stadia – it’s been largely left behind by the tech giants now. Nevertheless, the quality of the cloud streaming has improved of late, and is quietly robust these days – although your mileage may vary.
Perhaps the key detail here is that PS Plus Premium is just £16/$20 more than PS Plus Extra, and it adds another 388 games to play, which is ultimately impressive value. It’s another example of Sony getting the pricing right; the upsell is fairly straightforward, and while we don’t fully recommend the top tier until the classics catalogue expands, it’s not going to break the bank if you’re already paid up for PS Plus Extra to move to the top tier. Ultimately, we think Sony’s going to have a lot of success converting engaged PS Plus Essential members to the higher tiers, because the value is hard to argue with.
PS Plus' Revamp Is Just Getting Started
Of course, it’s important to remember that what’s here today, as we write this article, is just the beginning. It’s clearly taken a monumental effort from Sony to unify its subscriptions and transition members accordingly, but the real work starts now. The library, as it stands, is strong – but there needs to be a clear roadmap and cadence. We’d like to see PS Plus Premium, and specifically its classics catalogue, find more of an identity – there needs to be a consistent stream of additions across all older PlayStation consoles (including the PS2) to make this tier more attractive overall.
And while we appreciate that the Japanese giant is adopting a different strategy to its rivals, there needs to be value in PS Plus Extra beyond older games you may have already played. Confirmation that anticipated indie Stray will be added at launch is a strong start, and we’d like to see more of that from the firm in this first year; adding anticipated, exciting indies and smaller releases day one would enhance the value of the overall catalogue, which is already sizeable and bursting with quality content.
This new dawn for PS Plus feels welcome, though. Sony’s subscriptions, while always representing value for money, had started to stagnate – especially in the face of intense competition. A refocused approach was overdue, and now it’s finally arrived we’re excited to see how it matures. It’s clear that, for many PlayStation fans, PS Plus is one of the most important products that the manufacturer offers. With this revamp, we’re hopeful it’ll bring renewed focus and investment into the service and its various tiers, which can only spell good news for members – both new and old.
If you’re not sure what to play, you can find a list of Best PS Plus Games through the link. We also have a full guide to all PS Plus Memberships: All Three Tiers Explained. And, of course, we want to hear your feedback in the comments section below. Are you satisfied with this restart, or struggling to see the value? Cough up in the comments section below.
This is the best thing that could have happened to people in countries like mine where the games (digital or not) are like three times the normal price. I'll gladly keep paying for this.
@Lup That's awesome to hear!
People used to have catalogues before these subscription services existed and it’s called buying the physical editions.
I subscribed and whilst it’s nice having all these games, sometimes less is much more 👍🏻
For me, and it terms of first party only, knowing when the likes of GT7 and Horizon FW will be entering Extra will show me how serious Playstation are taking the future of this subscription service.
Too long before they put their own big hitters on there and relying on indie exclusives will, over time, shrink its base.
I feel that the Premium should, perhaps, have arrived later down the line. It's clear the classics range wasn't ready and it's not entirely visible yet as to how successful they've been getting third parties to provide full trials. They say it's a requirement but are they really going to refuse developers who say no? Mmm.
It's pretty good for me as a long term PS+ subscriber and having recently got PS Now at 50% off. Loads of games in there for me, maybe 20 that I'll play or at least try. If the content added is reasonable I'll stick with PS+++. The catalogue seems messy though. I've been through a couple of times to browse then I read that a certain game is on the service. Did I miss it or was it hidden in some way? Needs more and better quality PSP, PS1, 2&3 games especially in Europe. Maybe an option to search by platform to help find older gems? But so far an improvement for me.
I considered subscribing but there's just nothing on there for me at the moment. I bought most of the big games on there over the last 5 years. Others I've already gotten from the PS Plus collection or from PS+ monthly games.
I don't want there to be games on there day one necessarily. But for me that's the only thing that would make me want to upgrade right now. Really though I still prefer owning games and not having any pressure on getting them finished.
@Muttt Yeah I think improvements to the PS Store will be essential, because I agree, it's not very well presented at all right now. They need to add a lot more options, and just do basic stuff like ensure everything that's available is actually listed, etc.
@Wolfie_Pie Well this is the thing really. I think your criticisms are valid, but then when it comes to the price it still seems worthwhile, so I think they nailed the pricing very well ultimately.
If the cadence is good and it continues to expand, this will be a really strong service.
@itsfoz I have mixed feelings in general with this topic. Sure as a gamer everybody wants to have access to all the great games to a price as low as possible. Otherwise with the Game Pass you clearly see how it can hurt big franchises. Halo Infinite should have been one of the top titles for the series console - at the end it was just a very average open world shooter and they needed months to fix some of its bugs.
Would you like to see that the quality of game like Horizon 2 or GT7 will be hurt due to cost savings because they have to be included in a subscription service?
I don’t want that. I easily spend 80-100 hours playtime with a game like horizon 2 and it’s fine to pay 50-70€ for such a game.
Sure Sony will include it in the new ps plus service one day, but there is no rush. They need to maintain the quality of their first party games. That’s what define the PlayStation.
Oh yeah and Motorstorm. Streaming yes, but will love to try that out again. Such a great series! Split/second I missed out on that first time around, was looking online for a copy. But now it's just there.
On it's own merits i'm impressed by the restart of PS+ on Day 1. It offers a lot of value for £99.99 a year, though I suspect the sweet spot will be Extra for many (£83.99). Last night I played Demon's Souls into the early hours, and already have others like Retunal lined up. Two games I wasn't prepared to pay £70 for.
However the proof of the pudding will be how the catalogue changes and evolves over time. If they can get this part right and keep it fresh then it will be a service worth staying subscribed to. If they don't then like PS Now it will become niche very quickly.
I just had to buy a new PS5 as mine broke after only 18 months - so Sony will have to wait until emptying my wallet any further.
That said, i think the range of titles available is decent - albeit severely lacking on the PS1 and PSP front (although this gives them lots to add in the coming months). If they buy Square Enix they will really be able to leverage that catalogue on here too
Overall good job Sony. But for the love of Nathan Drake sort out your comms. The fragmented messaging on the lead up to this has been awful for the consumer
What i am most fascinated about - and i hope Push Square keep a close eye on this - is what impact Extra and Premium will have on the instant game collection/essential tier. We've all seen the disdain Microsoft give games with gold since gamepass launched. Lets hope Sony don't follow suit
@Wolfie_Pie It really needs to be a combination of both older and newer games., that doesn't mean first party Day 1, but there needs to be some newer content. Whether this be year or so old first party or newer, or even day 1 indies and AA, like Stray. Otherwise it's just PS Now repackaged, which failed.
This is great value for people who have lots of time to play through the catalogue. Also for people who don’t stay up to date with gaming news and can try out hundreds of games to hit some they like, without wasting loads of money on goods that cannot be returned. It’s phenomenal for anyone just coming to PS5 (or PS4) as has already been said.
For me. Not so much. I have maybe 90 minutes a day to play on average, often interrupted. I also tend to play JRPGs lasting hundreds of hours, and am so far behind I can often pick them up for under £10. So, not good value, and being half way through one only to have it leave would be incredibly annoying.
As for Premium, I can’t get a good streaming connection from past experience, and also wouldn’t want to play games I had first time around without additional challenges. A trophy campaign would be fine, but these aren’t guaranteed to be added.
So, what would entice me? Well, a system where you pay a sub to have games permanently owned in your account rather than on rotation. I guess only the Essential tier is required then. Only problem with this is that I rarely get games that appeal to me.
Maybe this whole sub thing will have to wait until I retire and have far more time to make use of it and get through my backlog. If I had loads of time to play loads of games and had to buy them new or wait ages for a price drop…then this would be ideal.
this will put me off buying 1st party games as i know they will eventually turn up on here
While I was already subscribed to PS Now before the biggest thing for me was a refresh of some of the games that were sitting there that no one played and added new ones. What i am baffled by is how many PS3 games were dropped from the old service including a load of Sony published titles probably just so they can add them back at a later date for those who had never used the service before so weren't aware they were taken away before being added back. Although the Ubisoft stuff is welcomed too as hopefully all of the Assassin's Creed and Far Cry games get added in time.
PS+ plus PS Now was already a great value, new PS+ remains a great value, actually surpassing it's predecessor with the library refresh adding in many great games.
I went for PS+ extra for a year, which works out only £7 per month. The one thing I like that GamePass doesn’t offer (as far as I know) is you can buy an annual sub, whereas GP (inc GPU, which I have) you can only buy a max of 3 months, though admittedly they do stack.
The uk premium is a disgrace nowhere as many games as the USA one
Had to change my existing 3 month standard plus to 12 month standard plus so I can upgrade to premium tier 12 months. The trouble is though, the change to 12 months standard won't change till 23rd August when my current 3 month standard plus comes to an end so I can't upgrade to 12 month premium tier just yet. Annoying but it's my own fault for sticking to 3 months plus, should have changed it to 12 ages ago tbh
It’s a surprisingly decent service, even if the retro offerings are woeful. Quite enjoying how diverse the PS4 games are and they’re a big step up from PS Now. However, the fact we have less games than the US and we’re hampered by the PAL versions of PS1 games just isn’t ok. They already delayed the release here, they could have spent the time wisely.
It's a shame that sony offers so much choice these days yet the ps5 can't outpace the competition..I know supply constaints are to blame but microsoft got away with so few AAA games it's ridiculous..
For me personally it's a great deal. There are a few games on the service where I would never pay full price for since they aren't my cup of tea or I find to expensive for their length. Miles Morales, Returnal, Demons Souls and Deaths stranding to name a few titles. This way I can try those games which I prolly never would have tried otherwise. That combined with games I had on my wish list made me add a total of 45 games to my library and then I haven't even counted the streaming games yet. Since I only really started console gaming this generation that one also has a lot of goodies for me. So subscribing to premium wasn't even a hard choice.
And it's not like I won't buy games anymore if I'm subscribed. Been subscribed to gamepass as well and the games I really love i will still buy including dlcs.
So yeah great service for me personally
Is streaming available in Australia? I don't think I saw that option. The third tier is basically pointless without it. The collection of classics you can download is abysmal atm. Second tier has a lot of cool stuff though.
@MetalGear_Yoshi Streaming is only accessible if you have Premium as the 3rd option.
Deluxe doesn't include streaming at all.
The PS2 games run like garbage on PS5 - the fact they have decided to include them in their current state as “premium” is comical
I upgraded my subscription for 10 bucks, and I played a couple games I have been meaning to buy. Turns out, I didn't like them at all. Saved me some money. I can see myself subbing for a couple months out of the year for Premium. Next year I bet the service will be a bit better, but right now it's like having cable in 00's. 1000 channels, but nothing (hyperbole obviously, there are a few things) to watch.
Streaming is pretty decent, not as good as Xbox though. Plus, my internet is fast enough where it takes 10 minutes to download most games.
It's definitely an impressive catalogue and a decent value. We keep talking about it as new, but there's nothing about this that isn't really a re-branding of Now and an up-charging of the streaming that used to be central to Now. It's more about new marketing than a new service. Yet nobody ever talked about Now, even though it was always a good value, and now the not-best-in-class streaming costs more, and still won't stream current gen. It's not that this is "better than Now" so much as that Now was mostly abandoned for a long time so Now became worse than Now was supposed to be.
So the catalogue is good for now, and the price is good. It's a good value. But how good a value it is depends on how current they keep the catalogue. If it's always pretty current and trailing retail by a short period it could become very good. If it just slips away into becoming Sony's EA Play where it's just a back catalogue of mostly old stuff nobody but the most budget shopper is interested in as Now became, it'll go back to being seen the same way Now was.
Either way it still can't be compared to GP since it's still targeting a different customer. GP is relevant to the enthusiast gamer by feeding a curated stream of the latest games, even if it's not always the biggest games to an enthusiast customer. This service, for now, is squarely aimed at the deep budget customer that used to buy mostly used games late in the generation, and at the new customer that hasn't had access to these games before. It's a good value, but a different market. Plus is looking to catch the customer that slipped through the new sales model. GP is looking to capture the engaged customer with flavors of the month gift boxes. Similar as it looks at the surface, it's still a very different product targeting a very different customer. But it also carries a lower price tag to match.
Premium is garbage. It feels like they created a third tier just to have a third tier, and it's weird to pay so much more for mostly a poor selection of the old games Jim told us nobody wants. I assume they did it largely to gate the streaming and make customers that want to play the games and not buy the console pay a premium for that. Again, meaning it's a service geared more toward people that aren't on this site. Extra is a much better value, and for new/budget customers there's a lot of content for a low price. But...there was on Now, too, and nobody noticed it was there.
What releases and when, and how reliably will make much of the value in the future. If it get s to a point we can count on a 6 month or one year cadence of PS's own titles to appear, it could become a very good value to core fans. Otherwise I think core fans will wear out the games they haven't played and probably revert back to essentials after that. It can't succeed as a signup bonus, it has to offer ongoing value. GP, love it or not, offers the latest content that's equally engaging to new and old customers alike which keeps it from stagnating.
One problem with the plus service is the presentation of it. It's very cumbersome there is like a thousand menus to navigate and all from different paths. You can find games for ps3 in one menu and then different games for the ps3 in a different menu. Everytime I try to find free packs for warzone for instance I can never find them. They need to simplify it. I hope the service does have a decent development plan ahead and not like it dwindle just like the classics collection in ps now had
I think this is a very fair article.
Premium needs to expand for sure, and we can be certain that it will.
If they added a new PS1 game every month or two I'd be very happy.
As it stands this new service is an excellent supplement to the PS5 experience.
There are a lot of FPS titles in there that I skipped over the years, but I'll be happily chilling on my couch with over the next few weekends in between rounds of FF VII and Forbidden West.
Looking good so far, went into nerd modeast night and went through the list of games and writ down all the ones I want to play 🤓, currently there's 54 games so definitely worth a sub after pay day
its like most services when they start theres loads on there because its new to everyone. the question will be how much new stuff will get added and will that be enough to keep peoples interest
I got ultimate anyways because it was only £20 to upgrade. No big loss in my pocket, and at the same time it's enough to determine if premium is the better offer.
I wonder why you can't view and 'purchase' the PS3 games from the mobile App.
I'm firmly in the great value camp. I finished God of War last night and pulled the trigger on Extra, and instantly "claimed" 23 games, and downloaded 3 big ones 😁
If this hadn't come out when it did I've have been buying GoT and Guardians of the Galaxy as my next two games to play through anyway, plus it annoyed me that my RDR2 disc didn't want to work after trying several times to stuff it in to my digital only console 😁 so that was going to be bought at some point as well.
And this will really fill the void that I was left with after finishing a nice run of previous titles I'd bought and enjoyed from day one, namely Valhalla, Far Cry 6 and Elden Ring.
When I next see something I want day one or fairly early on its life cycle, I will buy it, and the catalogue will still (hopefully) be waiting for me when I'm done with whatever that may be. It's the service that I craved, and I imagine there are many others like me too.
It's also the most digital era friendly choice for people that are moving away from discs. No way I'd have bought 23 fairly full price digital games just to fill my personal catalogue this year, but having it ready is really nice.
And for £33 more than buying regular PSN for online, got to be seen as worth it if there's even one or two games you might play. And I'm still hyped at that tbh, and that hype will slowly turn to a nice warm feeling of contentment that I can try any games on there whenever the mood takes me.
I'm paying Premium for no PS3 games. RIP South Africans
I'm really dissapointed the Capcom Fighting Game Collection isn't included I thought it'd be due to no pre orders but even that seems to be too much to ask from Sony when game pass is offering bunch of third party triple A games ,(on top of their own first party games) an even a Sony first party game... Stray is cool but Sony had to at least try a bit more
It’s Sony’s catalog that makes it a win. No Day One releases, but with such a HUGE catalog and continuous releases, it trumps the Day One argument. Do I play games Day One? Sometimes, but rarely. Having that availability is nice, but necessary? What is necessary are games.
Sony has a HUGE catalog of games. Day One first party releases for Xbox in 2021? Forza and Halo. November and December. That’s it. 2022? Nothing.
Day One is a buzzword. Content is a reality.
Jim Ryan has never told that players dont want to play old games.
He told why would you play GT2 when you could play GT Sport instead.
After that everyone changed it to Sony hates old games without any substance.
@lacerz what you on about? Gamepass ass lots of day one games not just exclusives they added sniper elite 5 for free
I love it. My only quibble is the lack of a "favorites" list. PS Now had a Netflix-style favorites queue/list. It was helpful to save games that you were interested in playing later. It's frustrating to only have Stream or Download as the options especially when it is a simple feature that was already on PS Now. Still very satisfied with the expanded PS Plus and can't wait to see where it goes from here.
I like it. I extended my psnow sub just in time, and I'm happy with some of the big recent first party titles on there. Also Uncharted lost legacy. I never really wanted to buy it, just play through it at some point. Well here we go.
Wow the tone about the new PS+ has really changed on this website from what it was 3-4 weeks ago🤔
I will be probably be sticking to Extra, rather than Premium at the moment. I remember Game Pass being the same early on, and I've no doubt overtime, we will start seeing more day one stuff, not necessarily first party, I suspect maybe 6-7 months down the line, but third party.
I complained about Plus often and thought Now was trash but honestly the revamp is fairly solid so far. I'm locked into Premium for a year+ but will probably just stick with Extra after remainder of sub runs out because I don't find classics that appealing.
Like others have said though, kinda depends on how often the catalogue gets a refresh.
@zebric21 ps5 is steps back , the series X is a massive improvement over the one in every way .
The new PS+ is slightly better than psnow was as its added ps5 games but for double the price. most of whats on there was already on psnow
Why is this better than ps plus and ps now? We seem to have less games and a more confusing/difficult subscription model.
@nomither6 steps back from what? No its a massive improvement from ps4..the ps4 feels ancient tech right now.
@zebric21 sure the tech is better , but so is the series x and then some . beyond the bare minimum improvement of speed/graphics imo it’s underwhelming .
@Neverwild Yes, I know the specific context in what he said, however the general mood of the response was obviously a response in general to "old tech."
Thing is he's not a customer, he doesn't play games. Which is fine, but he has that casual mass market view of "flashy tech demo graphics, good, old graphics obsolete." And his view of PS generally aligns with that. I'm sure there are passionate people at PS that do recognize the value of older titles, but he's certainly not among them. I don't think we need to parse every context of every word he's said to understand his overall point of view from his collective statements. We get it. He's a businessman, and not a fan. Which is fine, being a fan isn't a requirement for his job. It would be helpful but isn't strictly necessary. But it also means he shouldn't be his own PR guy and he probably should learn to be a lot better at delegating decision making to people who actually do understand the product, and all indications are he's kind of a control freak that doesn't do that, which results in a lot of self-inflicted PR injuries.
I lucked into a long upgrade to premium and am really pleased with what's there for day one. Two things going forward that would help:
1) the UI and navigation needs tightening. So many menus that have overlapping functionality, layout as a whole not the most intuitive. Guess it will improve with server side updates.
2) With all the additional games we now have on our consoles, some of them leaving the sub service on different dates, some unplayed, some owned, some not, etc etc, we really need Sony to give us that magic word - FOLDERS. Hoping this will come in the next feature update firmware because it would be a big help.
Overall though, I'm pretty happy and although it's too early to say what I'll do when my sub finally expires in a few years time, I'd probably stick with Extra. For anyone new to Playstation or those on tight budgets, it's a no-brainer.
You make no sense at all.
I have a series x and it simply doesnt match the ps5 unless all you wanted was playing your old games a little faster?
It litterally adds nothing except ssd speeds and its had hardly any software to show what it can do. Ive played only 3 games on it this year..
Ps5 actually does have new features, such as a much better controller with great haptics. Xbox controller doesn't even have a gyro leaving you without options for proper steering. 3d audio via the tempest engine has so many point sources it couldnt be contained in dolby atmos packet without downgrading it, and you can hear that in the better games (Returnal springs to mind).
Sony were also less conservitive when specifying their chip set and this can partially help explain why ps5 regularly outperforms the series x in 3rd party titles. Theres no point in talking vr, Sony are brining it, MS are not. First party titles that push the tech. Sony have some, MS doesn't .
You can like what you like of course, but trying to pretend the ps5 was not well thought out technology that brought new options to the table just does not stand up to any intelligent scruitiny.
.. and before you assume im a sony shill, Ive worked for both companies as a games dev, bought both machines at release, am subbed to their respective services for years, and I think theyve built a decent console with series x, I simply dont think it has any hardware innovation, which is to be expected as MS dont make harware, so they used safe stock pc parts. MS can innovate through software, thats their strength, and the back compat and seemless deliverey systems they have made ARE innovative in a way their hardware isn't.
The proof is in the games and the ps5 has had more that are obviously next gen. Still game pass is an excellent way to discover indies and get cheap software, and if you cant affird to buy games is a great way to carry on playing them. I'm much more about AAA titles that push technology and series x has been a dissapointment so far in Once again , MS are telling me to 'wait till next year' ... Ill wait. PS5 keeping me entertained until they are ready.
I don't understand this: "borderline mandatory PS Plus Essential". Why? When you're not interested in multiplayer games and free monthly games are in 95% not worth to even add to library, there is no need to even think about it... Ok, so I'm exactly the borderline you mention When I want to play something, I buy it when it's released . Therefore even the large database of available games isn't interesting at all... I think, that even when 800 games is a massive number, really interesting games is there 5 to 10 max and majority of users will be downloading these. And the rest is there just for the numbers.
Great write up, Hope Sony regularly adds new first party games at least 2-3 per year and they don't leave service once added.
I think for the start of the service's launch it's not too big of an offering. I'm just more concerned about the momentum of the service going forward: will Sony keep up with adding interesting titles or will they quickly give up on it? I know it's early days but I'm worried about the lack of PS1 and PS2 games so far. I really want to see more of them, playing Wild Arms on the PS5 is so nice. I just hope Sony and third parties bring some goods from both PS1 and PS2 to the service to play on PS5 but I fear they will give up quick like they did with PS2 Classics on PS4.
Great if I could actually get to play them. According to my ui, ps now still exists, even though there's banners that say "welcome to new psplus"
Just like PS+ now has its tiers, PlayStation fans can also be divided in such way:
In the Essential tier, we have the casual gamers who play mostly one or two games every year such as FIFA, Madden, COD or Fortnite. Not surprisingly, this group will find PS+ Essential to be good enough.
In the Extra tier, we find the more hardcore gamers who have limited gaming time or money. I happen to find myself in this category. We love PlayStation but can't afford to play every release right when it launches. We're far behind with our backlogs so we end up waiting a few months to buy newish games at discount prices. So obviously, PS+ Extra is a godsend for us.
And in the Premium tier, we have the super hardcore fans that usually buy most games at launch day. These may find some value in the PS+ offering of the same name but, curiously, most of them won't. And that's fine, because the new service is not really tailored for you. Sony doesn't want you to change behavior. You're the bread and butter of the ecosystem and migrating you to a subscription service like Microsoft is trying to may have catastrophic effects on the industry.
Sony is doing it the right way. Don’t be mad if the service is not for you. It shouldn't be for everybody by design.
Miles Morales costs $90 here and I can get a whole year of PS Plus Extra for roughly that
Yeah, for some of us, this is an incredibly good deal.
@KidBoruto I do have the 3rd tier. I'll have to check again. I know they said something about it not being available in all regions so it could just be that. Our internet is notoriously crappy down here.
@Art_Vandelay This is a great comment and one that makes sense to me. I'm in the premium teir but I don't pay for day1, I rent haha.
Considering how disastrous the One was, it wasn’t a high bar to clear.
The PS5 is leagues superior to the PS4. Better UI, far more stable OS, ultra fast loading, superior controller, etc.
I will say that it is not the enormous leap the Series X is over the VCR or One S. Like I said earlier, Microsoft had nowhere to go but up and they’ve done a good job with the Series consoles. But the PS5 a massive improvement over the PS4. So I don’t see why you feel like there was a regression.
Both manufacturers fixed the biggest issues the One and PS4 had with the Series and PS5.
@OrtadragoonX all this time i accidentally had you ignored and didn’t know , it happens a lot when i quickly scroll through comments and i somehow accidentally tap ignore with my thumb (i use the site on my phone) , it happens way too much , so now so i check the list daily now , it’s annoying .
i missed out on interesting discords with you , but anyway - sure the ui is better , it’s faster , it’s more up-to-speed , etc but beyond the tech for me personally i can’t help but feel underwhelmed by it . i’m not fond of the PS5’s controller either , the PS4 controller had better battery life & better ergonomics for competitive play because of its smaller and more angular shape that allowed for better grip of the controller . stick drift is also a major issue that the ps5 controllers has even though the 4 had it as well , the ps5 controller is even more prone to it . and i don’t have small hands but , the ps5 controller legit hurts my fingers during extensive sessions , that never happened to me before .
@get2sammyb Perfectly written, echoes all my thoughts. With PS1 and PS2 games on Premium, hopefully it'll mean Sony won't neglect that side of things like they did with the PS2 on PS4 initiative.
As a gamepass veteran I have to say although the bringing together of the services is long overdue, it’s absolutely fantastic and with the exclusives that are available as well as a seriously strong third party library that appeals to us PS fans…it’s arguably better than game pass already. Sony don’t need to do day one exclusives, they’ve got such a ridiculous first party library that the quality speaks for itself. Take demons souls for example, a game that has always intrigued me but never enough for me to commit to buy, in comes ps plus. Same for AC Valhalla when we talk about third party.
I for one am very happy.
@Beerheadgamer82 I'm sure you could have upgraded for the remaining time by paying the difference?
I had about 6 days left and paid £1.40 to go to premium so I thought ah why not.
@hoffa007 I want to start premium on 12 months but I can't upgrade to premium 12 months because my current standard plus is for 3 months. Yes I can easily upgrade my 3 month standard to premium for the remainder of my 3 months but like I said I want to start premium on 12 months. My current 3 month standard plus runs out on the 23rd August and on that same date my standard 3 month plus will change to 12 month standard plus and on the 23rd August is when I can then also upgrade to 12 month premium
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