April’s PlayStation Plus Offerings Give PS4 Owners the Short End of the Stick

Oddworld: Soulstorm will only be made free on the system no one can find.

Sony’s latest round of free PlayStation Plus games is headlined by Oddworld: Soulstorm, which will be making its debut on the service when it launches on April 6. For PlayStation 5 owners, specifically.

Soulstorm is coming out for both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 next week, but the opportunity to download the game for free is only extended to the PS5 version, which seems to be a precedent Sony is setting as everyone makes the transition from the PS4 to the PS5. Several games are being made available on both platforms, with the PS5 version usually looking and running a little better than its predecessor. But Soulstorm’s inclusion as a free PlayStation Plus game follows the same trend that Bugsnax began when the PS5 launched in November: the PS4 version, which is more readily playable given the PS5’s lack of availability, won’t be making an appearance on the service.

From a business standpoint, it makes sense to incentivize people to buy a PlayStation 5 and hop aboard the next generation train. But for a lot of people, it’s not a matter of lack of desire, it’s lack of ability. PS5s have been notoriously difficult to come across, as most new tech is when it first comes to market. And that PlayStation Plus subscribers are pretty much having games placed in front of them they can’t play despite paying the monthly fee doesn’t feel great, especially when a version of these games is also available for PS4.

It’s worth noting that if you’re a Plus subscriber and are planning on getting a PS5 at some point, you can still add the game to your collection and download it onto your console when you manage to track one down. If that’s the situation you find yourself in, I’d recommend going that route rather than buying the PS4 version of Soulstorm.

In other news:

Along with the latest Oddworld, Plus subscribers can also download Days Gone and Zombie Army 4: Dead War. These are available to PS4 and PS5 owners, and can be played on either system. Notably, Days Gone is part of the PlayStation Plus Collection, a group of PS4 games available to subscribers on PS5. Sony really is baking incentives to buy a PS5 into its subscription services. Which is all well and good, as long as it can keep up with demand. Which it can’t right now.

Sony also recently announced Days Gone is getting ported to PC, which feels like a low-stakes port compared to games like The Last of Us Part II or God of War.