The PlayStation Plus Relaunch Gets a Lineup and Date

The PlayStation Plus Relaunch Gets a Lineup and Date

A few weeks ago, Sony announced that they would be revamping and relaunching the PlayStation Plus service, putting a bigger focus on more downloadable games and leveraging the platform’s 26-year history with a classic game slate. It was, in some ways, a shot across the bow at both Game Pass (successful) and Nintendo Switch Online (a hot mess) without actually trying to compete with either.

Today, Sony revealed that the service will launch in Asian on May 24, Japan on June 2, North and South America on June 13, and Europe, Australia, and New Zealand rounding out the rollout on June 23.

The revamp puts PlayStation Plus into three tiers, with the first and least expensive tier — Essential — functioning the same as PS+ has in the past. That is, access to online play and a handful of chosen PS4 and PS5 games every month picked by Sony and are unavailable if not claimed that month.

The next tier up, Extra, gets a small library of games natively playable on the PS5, which includes PS4 games. This means third party titles like Control, Ashen, Final Fantasy XV, and Soulcalibur VI, among others. It also has a smattering of first-party PlayStation titles like Returnal, The Last of Us Remastered, and Spider-Man: Miles Morales. If you’re hoping for day and date first-party releases, however, that’s not on the cards. The most recent PlayStation studios game on the list is Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut, so it’s likely that most first-party games will lag behind at least a few months.

The final and highest tier is available to Premium/Deluxe subscribers (the name is different depending on whether your region supports PlayStation Now streaming), which includes some classic games for download and streaming. If you already own any of these classic games tied to your PSN account, you don’t have to sign up for PS+ or buy these games again to play these versions. This is where the list kind of falls down a bit, because the chosen games are a little anemic and Sony is clearly trying to get around PS2 emulation by simply offering up PS2 remasters on PS4 rather than anything native in either downloadable or streaming form.

Finally, Sony is adding time-limited game trials to the Premium/Deluxe plan. These are the full games, but can only be played for two hours as a way to try them out before buying. The initial lineup for this includes Cyberpunk 2077, Horizon: Forbidden West, Tiny Tina’s Wonderland, and a few others.

In theory, new games will be added to each tier every month, so maybe things improve as time goes on in every category.

The full list of games in each tier is below, but be aware that Ubisoft games are a special case. While every other PS4/PS5 game not listed as a classic is available in the Extra tier, those Ubisoft titles are only included in the Premium/Deluxe tier because they’re wrapping in Ubisoft’s service to the highest tier.

The classic list also includes and lacks a lot of oddities and notable titles. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is on the PS3 streaming list, but they could have easily put the Ninja Gaiden Master Collection remaster in the remaster list, seeing as how it’s playable on PS4. There’s no Sly Cooper anywhere to be seen, even in the streaming list, and no Ridge Racer even in the native PS1 games. It’s all quite strange.

PS4 and PS5 Games (Extra, except for Ubisoft games)

PlayStation Studios

Concrete Genie
Days Gone 
Dead Nation Apocalypse Edition
Death Stranding and Death Stranding Director’s Cut 
Demon’s Souls 
Destruction AllStars 
Everybody’s Golf 
Ghost Of Tsushima Director’s Cut
God of War 
Gravity Rush 2
Gravity Rush Remastered 
Horizon Zero Dawn 
Infamous First Light 
Infamous Second Son 
LittleBigPlanet 3 
LocoRoco Remastered 
LocoRoco 2 Remastered 
Marvel’s Spider-Man 
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Patapon Remastered 
Patapon 2 Remastered 
Shadow of the Colossus 
Tearaway Unfolded
The Last Guardian
The Last of Us Remastered 
The Last of Us: Left Behind 
Until Dawn |
Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection 
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End 
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy 
WipEout Omega Collection

Third Party-Partners

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Premium/Deluxe Only)
Batman: Arkham Knight 
Cities: Skylines 
Control: Ultimate Edition 
Dead Cells
Far Cry 3 Remaster (Premium/Deluxe Only)
Far Cry 4 (Premium/Deluxe Only)
Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition
For Honor (Premium/Deluxe Only)
Hollow Knight 
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 
Mortal Kombat 11 
Narutoshippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
NBA 2K22 
Outer Wilds
Red Dead Redemption 2 
Resident Evil 
Soulcalibur VI 
South Park: The Fractured but Whole (Premium/Deluxe Only)
The Artful Escape 
The Crew 2 (Premium/Deluxe Only)
Tom Clancy’s The Division (Premium/Deluxe Only)

Classic Games Catalog – Original PlayStation and PSP (Premium/Deluxe)

PlayStation Studios

Ape Escape 
Hot Shots Golf 
I.Q. Intelligent Qube
Jumping Flash! 
Syphon Filter 
Super Stardust Portable 

Third Party Partners

Mr. Driller 
Tekken 2 
Worms World Party 
Worms Armageddon 

Classic Games Catalog – Remasters (Premium/Deluxe)

PlayStation Studios

Ape Escape 2 
Arc The Lad: Twilight of the Spirits 
Dark Cloud 
Dark Cloud 2 
Hot Shots Tennis
Jak II 
Jak 3
Jak X: Combat Racing 
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
Rogue Galaxy 
Wild Arms 3 

Third Party Partners

Bioshock Remastered 
Borderlands The Handsome Collection
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition 
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning 
LEGO Harry Potter Collection 

PS3 Games via Streaming (Premium Plan only)

PlayStation Studios

Crash Commando
Demon’s Souls
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds 
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational 
Infamous 2 
Infamous: Festival of Blood 
LocoRoco Cocoreccho! 
MotorStorm Apocalypse
MotorStorm RC 
Ratchet & Clank: Quest For Booty 
Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time
Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus 
Resistance 3 
Super Stardust HD 
Tokyo Jungle 
When Vikings Attack 

Third Party Partners

Asura’s Wrath 
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 
Devil May Cry HD Collection 
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Lost Planet 2 
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare 

Author: Deann Hawkins