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New PlayStation Plus: Is it worth it? Essential, Extra & Premium tiers rated

PlayStation Plus has been overhauled, but are the Essentials, Extra, or Premium tiers worth it? Here's our review of the updated service.

  • Posted on 24th Jun, 2022 11:04 AM
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The new PlayStation Plus is here, with three subscription tiers: Essential, Extra, and Premium. With each one offering plenty of differences, here’s our review.

There’s also plenty to enjoy for Star Wars fans, with a huge number of titles from the heyday of PS2 era offerings like Racer Revenge, Bounty Hunter & more. They’re all here, but we’d argue not offering the chance to filter via platform is a big miss (even PS1 games are shown as PS4/PS5 titles as the library is categorized by compatibility, as opposed to the original release).

It’s also worth noting that many of the 13 PS1 games you can find now are the inferior PAL versions which run at 50Hz, but Sony says 60Hz is on the way. That should help games like Syphon Filter improve their frame rates, but it remains to be seen if that’ll lead to unanticipated side effects.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment, though, is the UI holding everything together. Rather than feeling like a celebration of some of gaming’s most iconic franchises, everything feels thrown together. There’s no curation, no recommendations, and, as we mentioned earlier, no way to look through, say, all PS1 games. Expect to dig through a huge number of tiles to find what you want.

We know it’s not the easiest thing to manage, but Xbox Game Pass, for all of its faults on PC, lets you filter by genre, original platform, and plenty more. Sony’s service arguably offers the superior library, but seems unsure of how best to showcase it.

There are also game trials, meaning you can play a portion of Horizon Forbidden West or Cyberpunk 2077, with progress carrying over to the full game if you do pick it up.

Final thoughts

PS Plus Premium will undoubtedly appeal to hardcore fans of Sony’s systems, but for our money, we’d recommend PlayStation Plus Extra. Not only do you get a sizeable library of titles that we expect to change over time, but they’re all playable locally without relying on streaming.

If Sony can add better organization and an improved collection of classic games, though, this could be a huge boon for PlayStation owners.


For more on gaming subscription services, check out the best games on Xbox Game Pass right now.

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