game news PlayStation Plus: A really attractive new PS4 and PS5 catalog?
After the formalization of the new PlayStation Plus in March, Sony is now putting the cover back with the first games available in the new offer! Enough to compare head-on the old catalog and the one that will land soon. So what does the Japanese company’s subscription service really hold for us? Here is our article to understand everything.
We’ve been talking about it for months, but the new PlayStation Plus, also known as “Project Spartacus”, is just beginning to take shape. The revised and corrected offer, scheduled for June 23, 2022 in Europe, is preparing to replace the PS Plus tandem | PS Now with a three-tier subscription service. The first, the “PS Plus Essential”, will give access to the same benefits as the current PS Plus. While the second (“Extra”) will also benefit froma catalog of PS4 games | ps5and more if you feel like it for the third “Premium” stage, which adds oldies titles, remote playback of software thanks to streaming and, as icing on the cake, demos to test the latest triple-As.
Beyond offering a more muscular and clear service than in the past, Sony’s goal with this new PS Plus is to respond to Game Pass. Microsoft’s offer continues to grow, welcoming, from the day of its launch, exclusive blockbusters for Xbox and PC. by his side, PlayStation has always been very reluctant about the topic. Jim Ryan, head of the video game branch of the Japanese company, says that the cost of developing these titanic projects (“over $100 million”) is not compatible with such a strategy, emphasizing the “care” and “respect” that should be applied to them. However, in the catalog of PS Plus Extra and Premium, we noticed triple A from Sony that are worth seeing.
|PlayStation Plus Offer||Price 1 month||Price 3 months||Price 12 months|
|Essential||€8.99||€24.99 (€8.33/month)||€59.99 (about €5/month)|
|Extra||€13.99||€39.99 (€13.33/month)||€99.99 (about €8/month)|
|Premium||€16.99||€49.99 (about €16/month)||€119.99 (about €10/month)|
Because yes, as promised last March, Sony has an effort to incorporate exclusive more or less recent in the PS Plus Extra and Premium offers. On PlayStation Blog, We can thus note the presence of Returnal (2021 | PS5); Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut (2021 | PS4 and PS5); Death Stranding Director’s Cut (2021 | PS4 and PS5) or even Demon’s Souls (2020 | PS5) and Spider Man Miles Morales (2020 | PS4 and PS5). On the other hand, for this year’s blockbusters, access will be limited to two-hour PS Plus Premium demos. This is, for example, the case with Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collection and Horizon Forbidden West, released in 2022.
Interestingly, there’s no mention of PS5 star Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart or console exclusives Ghostwire Tokyo and Deathloop at this point. But that’s normal. The list will be updated for the first time when the offer is finally implemented. Above all, in the long term, this new PlayStation Plus will have new features “every month”. Therefore, there will be the games already offered in this same interval, as is currently the case, as well as the PS Plus Extra and Premium catalog that will be expanded as it progresses. When we broached the subject with Jim Ryan, the man was talking about “400 PS4 and PS5 apps at launch.” At the time of this writing, the PS Blog list only has around sixty, plus PSP, PS1, PS2 and PS3 titles from the Extra and Premium offers. In short, there is still room.
If PlayStation intends to enrich its new PS Plus with games of this caliber, the offer will surely be worth it. Especially since this is not 100% Sony. The signature can also rely on partners like Ubisoft that will offer around thirty apps through the Extra levels | Premium, including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Not to mention other cartridges like the excellent Red Dead Redemption II, already featured in PlayStation Now columns, as well as award-winning software like Outer Wilds and Celeste. In recent months, Sony had shown its desire to improve the catalog of its services, adding, for example, Shadow Warrior 3 as soon as it was released on the service dedicated to streaming. PlayStation seems willing to continue down this path. Ubisoft already plans to add another 20 games by the end of the year.
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