PlayStation announced today the game libraries that will initially launch with their revamped PlayStation Plus subscription this June. In this post on the PlayStation Blog, VP Services Nick Maguire reiterates which tier gains which libraries, and reveals the titles that will be available day one. We have detailed these below.
PS Plus Essential, which acts as the base tier of Plus, offers the same benefits as the current service. Two monthly games, cloud storage, and online multiplayer.
PS Plus Extra offers the above benefits alongside a library of downloadable PS4 and PS5 games. This library includes both first party PlayStation Studios titles and third party offerings. Among the launch games are heavy hitters such as Returnal, both current entries in the Marvel’s Spider-Man franchise, The Last of Us Remastered, and Bloodborne, to name a few. Notable third party titles include indie hits Hollow Knight, Celeste, and Dead Cells, Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2, and a number of prominent Ubisoft titles as well. Interestingly, Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition will be available in the Extra tier’s library, though the game is already available for PS5 subscribers as part of the PS Plus Collection. No word yet on whether this new avenue will affect the latter.
Finally, PS Plus Premium offers the above benefits — monthly games, cloud storage, online multiplayer, and the PS4 and PS5 downloadable library — alongside a catalogue of classic games from earlier systems. Important to note is that original PlayStation and PSP games are listed as original games, with select titles boasting improved frame rates and resolutions. For PS2 and certain PS3 games, however, those present appear only as PS4 remasters available under the Classic Library. Ape Escape 2, the Jak and Daxter trilogy, and Bioshock Remastered, for example, are all available as PS4 remasters, rather than their original console versions. Meanwhile, original PS3 games are available under the Classic Library to stream only. These offerings also include a slew of both first and third party titles.
Maguire also notes that time-limited Game Trials will be part of the Premium tier. These will offer two free hours of play time within full versions of select games. Progress made in trials will carry over to the games if purchased. The smaller list of titles notably includes Horizon Forbidden West and Cyberpunk 2077, among others.
All libraries will be regularly updated every month from launch. Full details and libraries can be found in the PlayStation Blog post.
The new tiers of PS Plus launch June 13 in North America. For more on the updated PS Plus and the benefits of the various tiers, check out our initial report on the new subscription style.