PS Plus Essential PlayStation PS5 PS4 January 2023 Announced
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It’s Christmas! Well, actually, technically it’s not anymore, right? Nevertheless, Sony’s still in the festive spirit, and it’s announced January 2023’s selection of PS Plus Essential games right on time. Those of you who were paying attention in the lead up to the holidays will recall this roster leaking a few days ago, but now it’s official. Starting from Tuesday, 3rd January, 2023, you’ll be able to download:

This is an undeniably strong start to the year, with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order arriving just head of Respawn’s sequel. We were massively impressed with this character action game when it first launched, describing it in no uncertain terms as “one of the best Star Wars games ever”. There’s been some crackers in the sci-fi series over the years, so that’s high praise.

Axiom Verge 2 arrives with a similar acclaim: it’s the successor to one of the best indie Metroidvanias in recent years, and if you enjoy that style of classic side-scrolling adventure, then you’ll be right at home here. Lastly, while Fallout 76 was considered a bit of a critical disaster at launch, it has improved a lot over the subsequent years, and is genuinely worth checking out these days.

So it’s a strong start to January, then. Also of note is that PS Plus Extra subscribers will be able to download the PS4 version of WWE 2K22 from Tuesday, 3rd January, 2023 as well – although the native PS5 edition won’t be part of the service. Nevertheless, there’s a little bonus there for subscribers to Sony’s higher tier.

What are your thoughts on this lineup, then? Are you happy with the selection now it’s officially confirmed, or a little nonplussed? Will you be re-upping your PS Plus membership in 2023, or are you planning to let it lapse? Let us know in the comments section below.