The full list of PS Plus premium games is now available for viewing on the official PlayStation website and if you are willing to pay a little more each month for a premium tire, there is plenty of retro goodness to take part in.
We were treated to the first batch of PS Plus premium titles a long time ago. However, when the subscription service is restarted by the end of June we have only a choice of what to expect (relaunch dates and times vary by region, the service is already in Japan).
Now, however, a full list of games coming to PS Plus Premium has appeared Official US PlayStation Website (Opens in new tab). It’s a very strong, eclectic mix of games with a large support of retro games from the PS1, PS2 and PSP libraries.
Popular titles on the list include Demons Souls, Return and Ghost of Sushima: Directors Cut PS5, Ape Escape, Everybody’s Golf and Wild Arms 3, along with old – school favorites.
A solid start, but we have concerns
We can not be bothered with the wide range of games offered by PS Plus Premium Tire at monthly sub-prices. A wide variety of genres are covered and there seems to be plenty of nostalgia for including those older PS1 games as well.
And as more games are added to the service after launch, we’re excited to see what kind of games Sony can handle to add even more bottom to its relaunched PS Plus service. Lovingly remembered franchises like Metal Gear Solid and Ridge Racer come to mind immediately.
However, Sony may have a little more work than it allows its work to do. The initial effects of the emulation of the PS1 games of the PS Plus Premium were mixed. A good portion of the featured games are PAL versions, so it only runs at 50Hz. Also, with the 60Hz NTSC versions of the same titles there is no noticeable effect on the framerate.
In addition, for some games, such as Everybody’s Golf, a Digital Foundry Analysis (Opens in new tab) Sony has revealed that the lower PAL version has applied a frame blending technique to help smooth the frame rate. The problem here is that the technique leads to ghosting of the image, making the camera movement appear much blurry than the actual hardware.
Still, a strong list of games is a good start. We hope Sony Player takes feedback after launching the service to improve emulation across the board.