A reader is unimpressed with Sony’s first attempt to add new games to PS Plus Premium and explains why it inspired him to get one Xbox series S.
The PlayStation Plus revamp hasn’t gone well so far, I think that’s pretty obvious to everyone. Sony seems oddly shy to talk about it and while the total number of games is decent, there are very few PlayStation 1 or 2 or handheld titles. This seems to be because PlayStation 3, 4, and 5 games were much easier to make, as PlayStation 3 games were already on PS Now, and new formats already work automatically on PlayStation 5.
This implies that everything was rushed, although what Sony was in a hurry for no one seems to be able to tell. If there was any doubt about their lack of preparation, the first monthly update was announced on Wednesday and it included a grand total of, wait… two games. Both for the PSP and neither would anyone ever care.
Later rumors suggested that Sony planned to add three additional games: a PlayStation 1 game (Dino Crisis) and two more PSP games (Ridge Racer 2 and Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny). It’s unclear what happened, but whether it was five games or two is still terrible, considering only one of them was somehow famous or desirable. Well done Sony, after only a month you have already convinced me to cancel my subscription.
I guess next month we can expect to hear that those three missing games will be added and, based on June, I wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case. Before anyone forgets, Premium is, as the name suggests, the most expensive of the three PS Plus tiers and yet Extra, which is just PlayStation 4 and 5 games, has gotten quite a few new games in June. Not all great but something I was happy with (you also get Extra with Premium).
However, Premium already appears to be a rip-off, where Sony just assumes dedicated fans will sign up for the prestige of it all and the content doesn’t really matter. The saddest part is that at this rate we’d be reviewing all the great retro PlayStation games available on the service in…2032? Maybe, if we’re lucky and things don’t slow down even more.
I’ll be keeping an eye on PS Plus Premium, so if there’s a sudden influx of games I’d consider subscribing again – I’m not going to be mean about it. But it wasn’t an impressive launch and I’ll be honest, it made me think less of Sony as a result.
They’ve been weird all year, or at least since Horizon Forbidden West launched, when they’ve run out of new games to promote. They didn’t bother to have an E3-style status report and the announcements they made were boring on blogs and Instagram posts, like they were almost mad at us for telling us what’s going on. ‘They did. Or are embarrassed by what they say.
I’m sure they think they’re all cool and aloof but rather than being cocky it makes it look like they’ve given up and they’re not saying anything because they have nothing to do say. I watch thinking I backed the wrong horse and will absolutely be getting an Xbox Series S on Black Friday.
I don’t think I’ll sell my PlayStation 5 to get it (or get an Xbox Series X instead) but if the next batch of PlayStation games aren’t exactly exciting, I think Sony could be anything , at least as far as I’m concerned.
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