Non-console gamers tend to cringe at the supposed audacity of Sony to charge interested players $9.99 a month for just two free PS4 games a month, a 100GB online storage for data saves, and access to online multiplayer for most games on PlayStation consoles, among many other things.
With that said, it begs the question, is a PS Plus Subscription on PS4 a waste of money? Or is it an excellent way to get more games for less money?
Scroll down below to find out.
What Is PS Plus?
PS Plus, otherwise known as PlayStation Plus, is a subscription service by Sony that grants subscribers several benefits.
This includes, among many others:
- 2-3 free games a month
- Online multiplayer
- Share Play
- 100GB worth of online save data storage
- Free themes and avatars
- Exclusive DLC and PlayStation Store discounts
Certain benefits are also exclusive only to PlayStation 5 users, such as Game Help and the PlayStation Plus Collection.
What Did PS Plus Subscribers on PS4 Get in 2020?
The golden years of PS Plus subscribers were arguably in 2018 and 2019.
The game given out for free in 2018, in particular, held a retail value collection of around $1,500, which, when compared to the $59.99 price of a 1-year PS Plus subscription on PS4, is just absurd. That year, games like SOMA, God of War 3 remastered, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and Mafia III, were all given away free for PlayStation Plus subscribers.
In 2019, the retail value went down considerably, to a still-respectable figure of $894.68. Then, in 2020, the retail value went down slightly again, to just $749.42.
All in all, PS Plus subscribers pocketed a lot of free games for just $59.99 (the 12 month PS Plus subscription price) over the past 3 years.
Considering that these games are all available for download anytime once they've been added to your library, the value of a PS Plus subscription skyrockets even further.
Here is a complete list of all the games PS Plus subscribers on PS4 received for 2020.
- Goat Simulator
- Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
- BioShock: The Collection
- Firewall: Zero Hour
- The Sims 4
- Shadow of the Colossus
- Sonic Forces
- Dirt Rally 4.0
- Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
- Cities: Skylines
- Farming Simulator 19
- Call of Duty: WWII
- Star Wars Battlefront 2
- NBA 2K20
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
- Street Fighter 5
- Need for Speed Payback
- Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition
- Middle-earth: Shadow of War
- Just Cause 4
- Rocket Arena
- Worms Rumble
As you can see, Sony wasn't shy of giving away some good titles for 2020. Although the retail value wasn't that high, these were all perfectly good games. Some, like Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, are in the running for the best games in its genre this generation.
Is a PS Plus Subscription on PS4 Worth It?
Yes. Definitely. It's a no-brainer.
For the price of just a single AAA title at launch (or even less), you'll get at least two dozen must-play games.
Granted, they are a bit up there in terms of age, but that shouldn't make the game any less good.
The fact is, getting a PS Plus subscription on PS4 is worth the money.
If you own a PlayStation 5, you'll end up getting even more worth for your money. This is because of its PlayStation Plus Collection, which has a total MSRP of $474.80 and includes exclusive titles like God of War, The Last of Us Remastered, and Bloodborne.
Speaking of the PlayStation 5, Sony has made it a habit to give PS5 users more free games.
In January 2021, PlayStation Plus subscribers on PS5 received Maneater for free. Then, in February 2021, Destruction: All-Stars, was the free title given away to PS5 owners.
While these aren't necessarily AAA releases, the fact that they're included in what's already a high-value subscription is a welcome bonus.
Get a PS Plus Subscription Today
It's safe to say that gamers with a PS Plus subscription on either the PS4 and PS5 are getting their money's worth.
While we shouldn't expect Sony to drive up the retail value of free PS Plus games on the PS4 anytime soon, the same can't be said for the PS5. After all, upping the free title total to three drives up the total retail value of each monthly giveaway.
TLDR; If you have a PS4 or a PS5, do yourself a favor and get a PS Plus subscription.