New PS+: how to avoid traps?

New PS+: how to avoid traps?

That’s it, the new PlayStation subscriptions are here: a real little revolution for PlayStation 4 and 5 owners who will finally have access to a unified experience combining game catalog, retrogaming and cloud gaming. PlayStation therefore joins Xbox in the catalog offers, but some problems are to be deplored. That’s why there are probably a few tricks you don’t know yet and some pitfalls you shouldn’t fall into.

Summary

  • Does it also work on PS4?
  • Watch out for the Cloud
  • You are a PS Plus and PS Now subscriber =
  • Classics
  • Choose your formulas carefully!

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Does it also work on PS4?

First scenario, you only have a PS4 and you wonder if you can benefit from all the contributions of the new service. We quickly recall that the new PS Plus is divided into three categories, Essential, Extra, and Premium, each time with additional features and a price that is also increasing. So, paying more, is it interesting for a player who only has a PS4? Clearly, yes, and especially for now. The new subscriptions adapt to your machine and therefore you will have a slightly diminished version compared to the version you would have on PS5. Overall, the new formula PS Plus is a marriage of PS4 and PS5 libraries, with the addition of the cloud and the possibility of downloading games locally on certain titles. And, in the highest formula, the Premium formula, the PS Plus, it is now also a retro catalog which offers PS1, PS2, PSP, and PS3.

The big focus of PlayStation for these new formulas is also the possibility of trying the games for a limited time before going on a purchase. This is the catalog of trial versions. And if you only have a PS4, rest assured, for now, because the games you can try are overwhelmingly cross-gen. Concretely, through the new PS Plus if you are on PS4, you will have access to almost everything, in quantity and quality, everything except next-gen games. Obviously.

So will it still be as interesting in the future, nothing is less certain, and you may find yourself in 6 months or a year, with additions of PS5 games, whether in the Game Catalog, the equivalent of Game Pass, or in the trial versions, and you will not be able to access it. PS5 games, at the moment, don’t show up in your searches if you’re on PS4. For example, if you search for Returnal or Demon’s Souls, they just won’t be listed. On the other hand, you have the possibility of falling back on the hundreds of games from the different catalogs. On this, a word of warning: some games are downloadable, others are also accessible in remote play in the cloud and some games are only available in the cloud. Which brings us to our second caveat.


Watch out for the Cloud

Whether you’re on PS5 or PS4, things change a bit and sometimes you’ll have to go through the cloud. And this cloud is that of the PS4. As of now, there is no way to run PS5 games in the cloud just yet. This is not planned by Sony. It is therefore impossible to play on PS4, a Demon’s Souls on the cloud and your only alternative is to buy a PS5. The cloud is a direct legacy of PS Now, which has been redesigned and integrated into next-gen PS Plus. If you are on console, this cloud can intervene in the game catalog of the Extra formula that you then find on the Premium formula. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, for example, which is a PS4 and PS5 game, if you want to play it on your PS4, well you will only have the cloud option, you cannot download it on your console and play it locally .

New PS+: how to avoid traps?

The cloud, you will have to spend there on a lot of games, especially on the retrogaming catalog of the Premium offer. There, some categories are only accessible in the Cloud, like PS3 games. If you want to play old classics, which haven’t had a PS4 re-release, then you’ll have to go through some cloud gaming. The cloud is great for playing immediately without having to download a game, which is practical especially when you know that the PS5 only has 667 gigas of concrete storage, but on the other hand, it adds an overlay of compression video and a high bandwidth requirement for the experience to be enjoyable. So be careful to be equipped with a large connection if your targeted games are in the cloud. Ideally, wire your console to maximize your chances of having a good time on the cloud. So, there are a few pitfalls they don’t fall into if you want to use your catalog effectively, depending on the platform you have. Now let’s talk about the subscription terms.


You are a PS Plus and PS Now subscriber =

Let’s move on to some rather special cases. Imagine that you are subscribed twice, to PS Plus and PS Now. This is the case for quite a few players who benefit from the advantages of PS Plus, and the downloadable and cloud catalog of PS Now. So what happens now that the two subscriptions have been recast and brought together? On this, Sony gives an answer: you will be converted to PS Plus Premium, which is the case for everyone who was a PS Now subscriberand your commitment will run until the end of the furthest subscription. Basically, the payment will not be doubled, rest assured, and you will therefore have the best of both worlds, because the PS Plus Premium now allows you access to the various catalogs, current and retro, but also PC streaming, legacy of PS Now, via an app called PlayStation Plus and built on the remnants of the PS Now app. In the Cloud on PC, we have access to the same catalog as in the Cloud on PS4, we remind you that the PS5 has no advantage in the Cloud, and that the 100% dematerialized toy library, accessible on the cloud, only concerns PS4 games . In fact, the selection is thus smaller than the overall Game Catalog, on console, but it is still qualitative and practical if you want to continue your games on your PC.

New PS+: how to avoid traps?

On the other hand, small concern of tariffs, in a very particular case. If you were ever used to playing PS Now on PC, and only on PC, and you paid €5 per month to enjoy it for a year, bad news for you, you will have to pay double for the same service. Indeed, if you only have a PC and no PlayStation console, your use of the PlayStation cloud will at least double in price. The cloud is only accessible on the PS Plus Premium now, and in the best case, it will cost you concretely 10 euros per month, on a one-year commitment. And, suddenly, you’re going to pay for a subscription that gives you lots of stuff that you won’t be able to use, because you don’t have a PlayStation 4 or 5 to enjoy it. The good side of things is that you now have access, on PC, to a catalog of classics, with new additions compared to the old formula. And precisely the classics, let’s talk about them.


Classics

If you are a passionate gamer of the PSP, PS1, PS2 and PS3 era, know that the Premium subscription has thought of you. If you opt for the most expensive third of the new PS Plus, you get the little extra: the retro catalog. Incidentally, it is quite messy and it is a little difficult to navigate as in other lists of games. The fault of the sorting system, which does not yet allow sorting by machine. To find your way around correctly, we advise you to go to your list of advantages, and enter the retro catalog through this place. This way, you’ll see a row layout that properly divides the retro catalog into multiple categories. There’s a line for remasters, which usually scale their resolution to more modern standards, a line for PS3 games, only playable on the cloud. And then there is the last category, in which Sony put PSP, PS1, PS2 games. And there, there is a small peculiarity.

Technically, most are emulated games, and some, especially the few PSOne titles, like Siphon Filter, Oddworld or even Tekken 2, offer you several additional options that you can skip. By using the menu buttons or the touchpad, you will have access to a small overlay, where you can rewind your game, save on the fly, or modify the display to adapt the screen, and add filters. It’s a little extra to make these games more affordable in 2022 and so it’s a good tip to know. Another specificity, the games we have today in this category are PAL games, they run less well than the games in the English version, which used to be in NTSC. Sony is going to put NTSC versions online in the coming weeks, even in Europe, so remember to check which version you are playing on according to your expectations. In a few weeks, you may well have two options, the PAL version, which has the French localization, but drags a little, and the NTSC version, more fluid, but only in English.


Choose your formulas carefully!

Come on, last trick and last little trap that you have to avoid: the prices of the different formulas. Very clearly, if you don’t want to ruin yourself and you don’t intend to resell your console within the year, go for a 12 month subscription. It is very clearly the formula that is the most advantageous, whatever you choose. As often, if you subscribe to the month, you will pay much more than if you take the subscription for a period of one year or 3 months. And again, the 3 month offer is a bit ridiculous. It saves you very little compared to the monthly subscription. The real good plan is 12 months, which makes you spend the PS Plus at 10 € per month, instead of 17 € for one month. And look, if you ever take the subscription in 3-month format, it costs you 16.66 euros instead of 17 €, you save almost nothing for a commitment three times longer.

New PS+: how to avoid traps?

Paying 10 euros per month is therefore much more interesting. Sony is therefore clearly giving you a little foot call to commit to one year. The same scenario is visible on the formula priced just below, the Extra formula, 14 € monthly, 13.30 € per month if you commit to 3 months, and 8.30 € if you take the year. It is clearly advantageous to spend in 12 months. And very sincerely, between the three formulas, for a difference of one euro seventy per month on a yearly commitment, the Premium offer is very clearly the more interesting than the Extra formula. It gives you access, in addition, to the cloud on PC, to retro games, but also and above all to trial versions of big games. And if for the moment there are only about fifteen, it should happen quite abundantly on most triple A, enough to give you a nice test stand.


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