A reader compares Game Pass to the revamped PS Plus and notes that both have their merits depending on the situation.
I recently upgraded my basic PlayStation Plus subscription to this Premium service for an additional £23 through the end of the year which I thought wasn’t bad value.
I have already played many of the games or had access to them through the PlayStation 4 Classic Catalog available to PlayStation 5 owners. However, I wanted to try Ghost Of Tsushima along with Demon’s Souls and Returnal. If I like them and they’re done, great, if not, I haven’t spent a lot of money compared to buying new or used.
I think some of the concerns people have about PS Plus are more valid than others. Not sure if the premium service is worth it over PS Plus Extra. Since I’m a fan of the Batman: Arkham series and haven’t played Arkham Origins yet, I thought I’d catch up. I wanted to try Ico too. But having to stream these games instead of downloading them is a bit of a hassle. I have a decent broadband connection so should be fine, but it can still shake occasionally.
I also find the comparisons to Game Pass a bit unfair. The offering of first-party games on day one is amazing, but let’s face it, the only reason for that is that Xbox has done poorly over the last generation of consoles. Day 1 Sony exclusivity on PS Plus would be great, but let’s face it, it was never going to happen. However, newer games like Ghost Of Tsushima Director’s Cut, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Demon’s Souls and Returnal appearing on the service may indicate that players might not have to wait too long for PlayStation exclusives to appear on the service .
To me, however, the reason for people’s general apathy and lack of enthusiasm for the revamped PS Plus lies in the success of the PlayStation 4. It seems Microsoft is having a bit more success with this generation of consoles, and I doubt it’s not least due to Game Pass . I myself got an Xbox Series S to use Game Pass and playing games like Forza Horizon 5 on day one is great. If I had to choose one, I would choose Game Pass over PS Plus.
However, that’s mostly because of future potential and because I’ve already played the vast majority of Sony exclusives that interest me and are available on the service. I would argue that for those new to PlayStation or who don’t own a PlayStation 4, I would argue that PS Plus is far better quality than Game Pass right now.
Featuring critically and commercially acclaimed games like The Last Of Us Remastered, God Of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, Spider-Man and Shadow Of The Colossus in addition to some of the others I’ve mentioned, as well as less acclaimed titles such as Death Stranding, Days Gone and The Last Guardian, I think even Xbox fanatics would have trouble arguing that there are anywhere near as many quality titles on Game Pass.
The problem, I think, is that many of the intended audiences that Sony is trying to attract to PS Plus, like myself, have probably already played most of the games. One could argue that Sony has become a victim of its own success to a certain extent.
To conclude my opinion on the PS Plus revamp, it’s far from perfect, but for some it represents good value for money. Personally, I don’t think there’s much reason to use the premium service at least for now preferable to the extra service. I think trials are a good idea, but only if they become more common and the PlayStation 1-3 era offerings aren’t great and more need to be added to justify the extra cost.
Personally, I’d love to see Metal Gear Solid added. I also think Sony needs to clarify when first-party exclusives could be added to the service. Day one is a pipe dream but I think within 18 months is a reasonable compromise. Overall, though, I feel some of the negativity is unfair and that the updated service has merit.
From reader matc7884
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