Let me first start off by saying, I love PlayStation Plus, it’s a service I can’t see myself without. Since I first got my PS4, I’ve had it constantly there, giving me access to online gaming, free games, exclusive discounts and cloud saves, but recently the service appears to have gone backward, especially with the removal of PS3 and PS Vita from the service. Since the removal of these two consoles, the service has gone from offering four games a month to offering just two, with nothing to replace the PS3 or Vita’s content (even way back in the time of the PS3, the service offered more, including PS1 games and DLC). While the PS3 won’t make much difference to PS4 users, some of the PS Vita titles offered cross-play compatibility, which meant that the game could be played on Vita or PS4, essentially giving you at least one extra game on top of the PS4 lineup.
Typically, the PlayStation Plus lineup consists of a mainstream game and an indie game. Sometimes the choices are good and sometimes they just seem like they’ve been picked out of the trash bin in the PlayStation office block. June this year, for example, had the excellent Borderlands: The Handsome Collection and Sonic Mania, while July is confirmed to have Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 and Horizon Chase Turbo. Out of that choice, only June has really interested me, heck I’ve been playing Borderlands none stop. I’m not saying people won’t enjoy July’s lineup, but just look at the comments below the PS Plus July 2019 announcement video on Youtube and you’ll see a lot of disappointment as well as people considering canceling their subscription. Was removing PS Vita and PS3 content not enough as well as giving out sub-par content for the only console currently still using the service?
Sony needs to do something about the missing content and awful choices if it intends to keep raising the prices of its service, especially since Microsoft has just released Game Pass Ultimate, a service which combines both Xbox Live Gold and their ‘Netflix like’ gaming service, which basically gives Xbox users all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold and access to over 100 games including first day access to most Xbox One exclusive titles, all for £10.99 a month. This really should have the Japanese tech giant thinking of ways to compete with the American software giant, when it comes to their service.
If Sony wants to keep people happy, they need to change PlayStation Plus for the better. In my opinion, they need to do a Microsoft and combine their two subscriptions together. Not only would this give users more choice of games, but it would also bring their PlayStation Now service to people’s attention now, especially since they want it to be a big part of their upcoming PlayStation 5 console. If they don’t want to do that, they should at least give us one extra game a month and choose games that don’t feel like bargain bin rubbish to most people, instead of just increasing prices with no added benefits on top.