After seeing its behind getting handed to it for the better part of the past two years by the Game Pass, Sony has finally had enough. But, unlike Microsoft, which is more than happy to throw money to solve the Game Pass's library problems, Sony is leaning into the strength of its back catalog of games.
Now that details about the PS1, PS2, and PSP re-releases that are coming to the PS Plus Premium are making their way online, we're starting to see a better picture of what Sony is trying to paint.
Let us tell you - Sony isn't taking on the Xbox Game Pass with the new PS Plus, but that's not a bad thing.
After Sony revealed that older PlayStation titles are getting new features as part of the Premium tier, an eagle-eyed user comes bearing good news. Using 1997's Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee as an example, the user explains that classic games are getting the following upgrades:
- Ability to save and load anywhere, anytime
- Quick saves
- Rewind to earlier spots
- Multiple video formats such as 1:1, 4:3, and native resolution, among others
- Default, Modern, and Classic Retro filters
- System-wide features like cloud save uploads, better framerates, improved resolutions, trophy support, forced VRR, and more
What is perhaps the most interesting part here is how Sony is pricing the facelifted titles. As Sony is set to roll out the "all-new PlayStation Plus" in Asian markets on May 24, the pricing is also equally impressive. The leaked Malaysian store listings suggest that Abe's Odyssey will cost around $4.56 while Worms Armageddon will set subscribers back $8.89, which isn't half-bad even if it ends up being slightly more expensive in other regions. Not to mention, if you already own digital copies of the said games on the PS3 or PS Vita, you won't need to buy them anymore.
As a bonus, it appears that you won't always need a Premium tier subscription to access the classic titles that are available for purchase.
As we've already mentioned, Sony isn't targeting the Game Pass audience with the new PS Plus. Instead, it's giving older PlayStation fans a chance to revisit the games that they grew up playing, which is an arguably better selling point than day one releases of big titles. With a treasure trove of classics that it can slowly release and sell over time, Sony can constantly keep audiences on the hook for as long as possible.
At the end of the day, this is a lot of value that we're getting from a company that was once on the receiving end of criticism for not caring about preserving video games.
After forming a team dedicated specifically to video game preservation, Sony is on track to monetize nostalgia and we'll gladly hand it our wallets if it can keep this up.