The PlayStation Plus Relaunch Gets a Lineup and Date

There's some good names and a lot of glaring omissions on the list.

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 ReturnalThe 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 2077Horizon: 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

  • Alienation 
  • Bloodborne 
  • 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 
  • Knack 
  • LittleBigPlanet 3 
  • LocoRoco Remastered 
  • LocoRoco 2 Remastered 
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Matterfall 
  • MediEvil 
  • Patapon Remastered 
  • Patapon 2 Remastered 
  • Resogun 
  • Returnal 
  • 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

  • Ashen 
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Premium/Deluxe Only)
  • Batman: Arkham Knight 
  • Celeste 
  • 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 
  • FantaVision 
  • Hot Shots Tennis
  • Jak II 
  • Jak 3
  • Jak X: Combat Racing 
  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
  • Rogue Galaxy 
  • Siren
  • 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
  • echochrome 
  • Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds 
  • Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational 
  • Ico 
  • Infamous
  • Infamous 2 
  • Infamous: Festival of Blood 
  • LocoRoco Cocoreccho! 
  • MotorStorm Apocalypse
  • MotorStorm RC 
  • Puppeteer 
  • rain 
  • 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
  • F.E.A.R. 
  • Lost Planet 2 
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 
  • Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare