That’s it, the new PlayStation subscriptions are here: a real little revolution for PlayStation 4 and 5 owners who finally have access to a unified experience that combines the game’s catalog, retrogaming and cloud play. So the PlayStation joined the Xbox in catalog offerings, but some problems should be regretted. So maybe there are some tricks you don’t know yet and some traps you don’t need to fall into.
- Does it also work on PS4?
- Cloud Watch
- You are a PS Plus and PS Now subscriber =
- Choose your formulas carefully!
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Does it also work on PS4?
First scenario, you just have a PS4 and you’re wondering if you can benefit from all the contributions of the new service. We quickly remembered that the new PS Plus is divided into three categories, Essential, Extra, and Premium, each with additional features and a price tag that adds as well. So, paying more, is it interesting for a player who only has a PS4? Obviously, yes, and especially now. The new subscriptions will adapt to your machine and so you have a slightly reduced version compared to the version you get on the PS5. Overall, the new PS Plus formula is a marriage of PS4 and PS5 libraries, with the addition of the cloud and the possibility to download games locally on some titles. And, at its highest formula, the Premium formula, the PS Plus, it’s now also a retro catalog offering the PS1, PS2, PSP, and PS3.
The PlayStation’s big focus for these new formulas is also the possibility to try out the games for a limited time before buying. This is the catalog of test versions. And if you only have a PS4, you can be confident, for now, because the games you can try are more cross-gen. In fact, with the new PS Plus if you’re on the PS4, you have access to almost everything, in quantity and quality, everything except next-generation games. Obviously.
As much as it will be interesting in the future, nothing is less certain, and you could find yourself in 6 months or a year, with additions to PS5 games, even in the Game Catalog, the equivalent to Game Pass, or to test. versions, and you will not be able to access them. PS5 games, for now, aren’t visible in your search if you’re on the PS4. For example, if you search for Returnal or Demon’s Souls, they will never be listed. On the other hand, you have the possibility to return hundreds of games from different catalogs. Of this, a word of warning: some games can be downloaded, others can also be accessed remotely in the cloud and some games can only be used in the cloud. Which brings us to our second caveat.
If you’re on a PS5 or PS4, things change very little and sometimes you have to go through the cloud. And this cloud is on the PS4. Currently, there is no way to run PS5 games in the cloud. This was not planned by Sony. So it’s impossible to play on PS4, a Demon’s Souls in the cloud and your alternative is to buy a PS5. The cloud is a direct legacy of PS Now, redesigned and blended with the next-generation PS Plus. If you’re on the console, this cloud can interact with the Extra formula game catalog that you’ll find in the Premium formula. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, for example, being a PS4 and PS5 game, if you want to play it on your PS4, it’s good that you have the cloud option, you can’t download it to your console and play it locally .
The cloud, you have to spend there a lot of games, especially the retrogaming catalog of the Premium offer. There, some categories are only available in the Cloud, such as PS3 games. If you want to play the old classics, with no PS4 release, then you need to go through some cloud games. The cloud is great for instant play without having to download a game, which is practical especially if you know the PS5 has 667 gigas of concrete storage, but on the other hand, adds a compression overlay video and a high bandwidth requirement. to enjoy the experience. So be careful to be equipped with a great connection when your target games are in the cloud. Basically, wire your console to maximize your chances of having fun in the cloud. So, there are some pitfalls they won’t fall into if you want to use your catalog effectively, depending on the platform you have. Now let’s talk about subscription terms.
You are a PS Plus and PS Now subscriber =
We will move on to some special cases. Imagine you have subscribed twice, to PS Plus and PS Now. This is the case with some players who have benefited from the advantages of PS Plus, and the downloadable and cloud catalog of PS Now. So what happens now that the two subscriptions are recast and merged? To this, Sony provides an answer: you can convert to PS Plus Premium, which is the case with everyone who is a PS Now subscriber, and your commitment will continue until the end of the most recent subscription. Basically, the payment is not double, you can trust, and so you get the best of both worlds, because PS Plus Premium now allows you to access a variety of catalogs, modern and retro, but also PC streaming, legacy of PS Now, through an app called PlayStation Plus and built on the remnants of the PS Now app. In the Cloud on the PC, we have access to the same catalog as the Cloud on the PS4, we remind you that the PS5 has no advantage in the Cloud, and that a 100% dematerialized toy library, accessible in the cloud, is included on PS4. games. Actually, the selection is thus smaller than the general Game Catalog, on the console, but it is qualitative and practical if you want to keep your games on your PC.
On the other hand, little concern over tariffs, in a particular case. If you’re used to playing PS Now on PC, and on PC only, and you pay € 5 per month to enjoy it for a year, bad news for you, you’ll have to pay double for the same service. In fact, if you only have a PC and no PlayStation console, your use of the PlayStation cloud is at least double the price. The cloud is only accessible on the PS Plus Premium now, and in the worst case, you cost concrete 10 euros per month, on a one-year commitment. And, all of a sudden, you’re paying for a subscription that gives you a lot of things you can’t use, because you don’t have a PlayStation 4 or 5 to enjoy it. The good part of things is that you now have access, on PC, to a catalog of classics, with new additions compared to the old formula. And exactly the classics, let’s talk about them.
If you’re an avid gamer in the PSP, PS1, PS2 and PS3 era, know that the Premium subscription has you in mind. If you choose the third most expensive of the new PS Plus, you get a little extra: the retro catalog. Actually, it’s a bit cluttered and a bit difficult to navigate like other playlists. Error in the sorting system, which has not yet allowed sorting by machine. To find your route right, we advise you to go to your list of advantages, and enter the retro catalog through this place. This way, you can see a row layout that properly divides the retro catalog into several categories. There’s a line for remasters, which typically scale their resolution to more modern standards, a line for PS3 games, that can only be played in the cloud. And then there’s the final category, where Sony puts PSP, PS1, PS2 games. And there, there is a slight peculiarity.
Technically, most are emulated games, and some, especially some PSOne titles, like Siphon Filter, Oddworld or even Tekken 2, offer you many more options that you can skip. By using the menu buttons or the touchpad, you have access to a small overlay, where you can rewind your game, save the fly, or change the display to fit the screen, and add filters. It’s a little extra to make these games even cheaper by 2022 and so it’s a good tip to know. Another specific, the games we have now in this category are PAL games, they run less well than the English version games, which were previously on NTSC. Sony will be putting NTSC versions online in the coming weeks, even in Europe, so remember to check which version you’re playing as you expect. In a few weeks, there may be two options, the PAL version, which has localization in French, but less drag, and the NTSC version, more fluid, but only in English.
Choose your formulas carefully!
Quick, last trick and last little trap you need to avoid: the prices of different formulas. Very obviously, if you don’t want to ruin yourself and you don’t intend to sell your console for a year, go for a 12 month subscription. It is very clear that the formula is the most beneficial, whatever you choose. As always, if you subscribe monthly, you pay more than if you take out the subscription over a period of a year or 3 months. And again, the 3 month offer is pretty ridiculous. This will save you very little compared to the monthly subscription. A really good plan is 12 months, which makes you spend PS Plus at 10 € per month, instead of 17 € a month. And look, if you get the subscription in 3 month format, it costs 16.66 euros instead of 17 €, you hardly save for a commitment that is three times longer.
Paying 10 euros per month is even more interesting. So Sony is clearly giving you a little call on foot to commit to a year. The same scenario can be seen in the formula priced below, the Extra formula, 14 € per month, 13.30 € per month if you commit 3 months, and 8.30 € if you take the year. The obvious advantage is spending 12 months. And very sincerely, between the three formulas, for a difference of one euro seventy per month on an annual commitment, the Premium offer is very clearly more interesting than the Extra formula. It gives you access, moreover, to the PC cloud, to retro games, but also and above all to trial versions of major games. And if at the moment there are only fifteen, it should happen to be abundant in most triple A’s, enough to give you a nice test stand.