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Sony made the bold move of announcing a revamped PS Plus subscription last week – and just six of the purported 740 titles that’ll be part of it. Speaking in the aftermath of another mind-boggling move from the manufacturer, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan has promised that “all the big names” will pad out the remaining 99 per cent of the membership’s offering. You’ll have to use your imagination, though, because the bigwig stopped short of naming any actual games.

We know that the likes or Returnal and Marvel’s Spider-Man will be part of the offering, which is a start – although it’s unclear whether it’ll be the webslinger’s PS4 or PS5 incarnation at this stage. “We have big publishers; we have small indie publishers,” shrilled Ryan on the PlayStation Podcast. “We have over 200 partners working with us to put their content into PS Plus, so the lineup is going to be really strong.” At this point, we’re genuinely curious whether Jim is trying to convince us or himself.

Of course, there’ll be no day one first-party releases as part of the revamped subscription, as that doesn’t make business sense to the suit. “The games that we make are getting bigger: they’re getting better, they’re getting more beautiful, they’re getting richer, the narrative is getting stronger,” said the British-born tycoon. “Putting these games into a subscription service immediately upon their release would break this virtuous circle, and we wouldn’t be able to invest in the way that we’re currently able to. So, we’re not doing it. We’re going to stick to the approach that we have and has served us well for many years.”

In related news, MLB The Show 22, the latest baseball simulation developed by Sony’s own San Diego Studio, can be downloaded at no extra cost as part of Xbox Game Pass from today. It costs £69.99/$69.99 on the PS5.