Subscription doesn’t keep up with Game Pass – fans judge harshly

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Of: Philip Hansen

For almost two weeks, players have been able to get an idea of ​​​​the new PS Plus. For many, however, the refreshed subscription model falls through completely.

San Mateo, California – The new PS Plus will soon be available in Germany for 2 weeks. How are players reacting to PS Plus Essential, PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium now? The actual flagship of the subscription for almost 120 euros comes off really badly, but some also thank Sony. What is the community saying after 10 days compared to Xbox Game Pass?

name of the service PS Plus (PlayStation Plus)
Monthly charges 8.99 euros to 16.99 euros
Offerer Sony Interactive Entertainment (YOU)
advantages 2 monthly Free games, access to PS4/5 online multiplayer, exclusive PlayStation Store discounts, 100GB online storage
Active Memberships 47 million users

PlayStation Plus: 2 weeks after the big changes – Here’s how the new subscription is arriving

The new PlayStation Plus will start in Germany on June 22 – in other countries the release was a few days earlier. Sony wanted to make the outdated subscription model fit for the fight against the Xbox Game Pass from competitor Microsoft. Here we took a close look at and analyzed PS Plus: Premium, Essential and Extra. The essentials in brief:

The new Essential subscription is like the old PlayStation Plus, you get 3 free games once a month, you can gamble online and you get additional discounts in the store. The price is also the same as before. The innovation then comes with Extra and Premium. With Extra, for example, you get access to around 400 titles for PS4 and PS5. The most expensive premium subscription also advertises over 300 classics from older generations and a demo mode for blockbusters.

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Here in the table we show you the costs of the 3 models:

Essential 8.99 euros / 59.99 euros
extra 13.99 euros / 99.99 euros
Premium 16.99 euros / 119.99 euros

Gamers Criticize Sony – Isn’t PS+ Premium Worth the Money?

Two major criticisms: The most expensive version of the new Playstation Plus in particular has not been well received so far. What weaknesses does Premium have? The players have plenty of feedback in the direction of Sony – the criticism of Premium can be assigned to two main factors: the scope and the technical implementation.

For almost 120 euros a year, thanks to PS Plus Premium, players should get an impressive 340 titles from the good old days. But the games for PS3, PS2 and Vita are only available as streaming. So it will require a stable and fast internet connection, charge once and enjoy later falls flat. The range of titles and, above all, the advertised free access to chic blockbusters like Horizon Forbidden West are also leaner than expected. New games, such as HFW, are only demo-wise in the subscription. Here we have broken down the annoyances in more detail: PS Plus Premium new subscription causes frustration.

Unfortunately, Horizon Forbidden West is only available as a demo lasting several hours in the new subscription © Guerrilla Games

Now that the new PS Plus has been out for a few days, players are increasingly complaining about the technical implementation. This is how streams break off (and there is no other way to play the classics anyway), and the Hertz numbers during playback also cause confusion. In addition to technical problems when playing, the subscription change itself does not always go smoothly.

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This is what the players complain about: In general, the most expensive premium subscription gets a lot of criticism from the trade press. We have also picked out some voices from the community that hit the nail on the head.

  • “Rot in Hell Sony” scolds Dark_Saibot in one of over 900 comments on Reddit about the changeover. He’s particularly upset about streaming PS3 titles. Because the feature doesn’t work at all in Australia.
  • There seem to be other problems in many countries. Games that used to be downloaded for free as part of PS Plus, for example, are now supposed to be reloaded for money. This is frustrating, as user forestadam complains on reddit: “No, still no luck and I still have no answer from support”.
  • Grandma-Sm1tty_ doesn’t see through the subscription jungle either, according to her own statement: “simply lost“.

New PS Plus: Many hate the change, but some thank Sony for the subscription

what is positive The middle subscription, PS Plus Extra, is much better for the players. Some of the 400 or so included games for PS4 and PS5 are impressive – this time also as a download (which expires after the subscription). Among other things, top-class players like God of War (2018), Red Dead Redemption 2 or Demon’s Souls for PS5 are at the start.

Here, for example, we read such statements:

  • Thank you Sony for creating a subscription that allows us to play a variety of games at a great price per month‘ says Competeti-Gold on reddit.
  • In another thread, when asked if PS+ Premium is worth the money, a self-proclaimed old-timer replies, “God damn yeah”.

Many agree with the praise for Extra, but others also demonize it. Especially with regard to Microsoft’s Game Pass, Sony’s subscription is weaker and the PS5 manufacturer doesn’t deserve the thanks either. After all, Sony only created the offer to remain competitive with Microsoft, according to some players.

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So is the new PS Plus worth it? Especially if you have missed the pearls mentioned above, you can catch up on must-plays for very little money. But as I said, the advantage only applies if you don’t already have the games on the shelf or in the library. Compared to its opponent Microsoft, Sony has so far also lacked new blockbusters that come directly on day 1 of the new PlayStation Plus subscription.

The community is largely in agreement that for many, more than the “normal” essential is hardly worthwhile if you have been around for a long time. The good thing is: Sony has only just started. We’re excited to see what steps PlayStation Plus will take in the future. If you want to know which free games are now available as a subscription: PS Plus in July 2022 for PS5 and PS4.