One of the downsides to the launch of a new console generation is that support for older consoles begins to get phased out. This process may ultimately take a while to fully play out, but it will inevitably happen. Now, almost four and a half years after the premiere of the PlayStation 4, Sony has decided to take another step in this direction by making a major change to its PlayStation Plus program starting next year.
A notable benefit of the PlayStation Plus program is that members get access to six free games every month, which can be played indefinitely, provided that you retain your membership. These offerings are spread across the three most recent Sony platforms, with two games available exclusively for the PlayStation 4, two available for PlayStation 3, and two for PlayStation Vita. The PlayStation 3 and Vita titles are often cross-buy, allowing owners to play them on PlayStation 4 as well.
As of March 8th, 2019, the PlayStation Plus program is eliminating the PlayStation 3 and Vita offerings, reducing the total of free games per month down to the two PlayStation 4 titles. This reduction will not affect any titles you’ve previously downloaded through the program, nor will it affect anything you might download between now and the implementation of this change. Offering an explanation for the new policy, Sony stated:
“Many of our fans are playing on the PS4 platform, with the increasingly vast number of PS4s in homes around the world. We’ll continue to prioritize the benefits you receive through your PS Plus membership, such as online multiplayer, online game save storage, PS4 monthly games, and exclusive PS Store discounts across content and network services.”
Though this change is sure to be met with some disapproval, there is something to be said about Sony giving us a year’s notice instead on just springing it on everyone last minute. As such, there’s always another year of free games to take advantage of on all platforms, like this month’s lineup, which consists of:
- Bloodborne (PS4)
- Ratchet and Clank (PS4)
- Legend of Kay Anniversary (PS3)
- Mighty No. 9 (PS3 and PS4)
- Claire: Extended Cut (Vita and PS4)
- Bombing Busters (Vita and PS4)
What do you think about Sony’s decision to reduce their free game offering? There’s certainly something to be said about dropping support for older consoles with which I’ll agree. But Sony is also eliminating some of the perks of membership without offering anything new in return, decreasing the value of the membership while presumably maintaining the current price point, which is a sure-fire way to upset your consumer base.
Source: PlayStation Blog