PlayStation Plus TEST: furry retrogaming? Large directories? Convincing new service?

Sony Interactive Entertainment made a decision to merge Playstation Plus as we know with Playstation now. Players thus have the choice between 3 new subscriptions to satisfy their thirst for video games. To better enlighten you a little, here are the different benefits of each offer you need to take into account:

  • Important – 8.99 € per. month / € 24.99 per. period / 59.99 € pr. year
    • Monthly PS5 and PS4 games;
    • Access to online multiplayer;
    • Cloud storage;
    • Other small perks (like discounts, etc.).
  • Extra – € 13.99 pr. month / € 39.99 per. quarter / € 99.99 pr. year
    • All the benefits of the Essential subscription;
    • Catalog of PS5 and PS4 games.
  • Premium – € 16.99 pr. month / € 49.99 per. quarter / € 119.99 pr. year
    • All the benefits of the Essential and Extra subscriptions;
    • Catalog of PlayStation, PS2, PS3 and PSP Remasters;
    • PS3 game streaming;
    • Time-limited trial versions.

In Japan, this new universe has been available for a while, we signed up for a subscription Premium to give you our impression. Interesting? Shall we succumb? And what is it worth retrogaming ? Let’s look at these questions!

Let’s start with the obvious: the presentation of the service. Primarily, sony highlights the titles of the moment to guide the player towards the gems that must not be missed; especially AAA of playstation under the spotlight. Next, we have categories in the form of boxes to guide us to specific content. For example, “Catalog”, which groups PS4 and PS5 versions of multiple licenses. Big black dot, everything is mixed and it is not possible to sort by platform. So if we are only looking for productions ny-gen, scroll through an entire list of games; it’s something tiring.

We have another corner which is also called … “Catalog”, which exhibits other categories where everything is separated by genre with large, clearly visible and understandable icons. “Genre”, “Must Play”, “PSone, PS2, PSP”, “PS3” and even “Ubisoft + Classics”, it is accessible, clear, coherentwe do not understand why Mister S. did not use this section as the main interface. Finally, we have quick access to “Classics”, “Demos”, “Streaming Games” and “Monthly Games”. All these branches give a little headache, the Japanese giant should have offered something more refined and understandable. Without a doubt, the look will change over the months to bring a little more clarity.

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One of the most frequently asked questions: Are there any big games to put your teeth into? The answer is yes. Whether you have a PS5 or a PS4 at home, you can have fun with little bombs like Demons Souls, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, The ghost of Tsushimathem Spider Man, death stranding and we move on. Something more than comfortable, the genres are varied. There is adventure, action, sports, fighting games, racing, independent, game, psychedelic … In other words, there is something to do to relax a bit of neurons and escape. The selection is not bad, great classics roam around, it’s a pleasure.

There is plenty to do to relax some of the neurons and escape.

It must be remembered, however, that not all productions are eternal and that they can be withdrawn from the catalog from one day to the next; as opposed to the monthly games that remain in ours library. To be clear, make the most of them while they are available.. Besides, no game Day one in the service. Sony Interactive Entertainment was ready on the subject, but still promises, and from time to time, to add a title to his exit on Playstation Plus ; as was the case Destruction AllStars or will be joining soon the straywhich arrives on July 19, 2022. To put it simply, the great experiences do not immediately overwhelm the subscribers, unfortunately.

As for the old titles, it’s catastrophic. The list is thin and ridiculous for a launch. PS2 games can be counted on the fingers of one hand, and PSP and PSone have nothing to excite. The choice of titles is for laughs, it’s as if playstation had forgotten that he had in his bag video game masterpieces that marked generations. It requires heavy from the start, and no Toys Story 2 or IQ. You had to put tekken 3 instead of 2, send Metal Gear Solidthem Final Fantasythem tomb Raiderthem MediEvilthem Great Tourismthem god of wargames that we have already bought on Playstation Store in a distant time.

Granted, you have to excite the consumer over the months, excite him by adding a few old gems, but 18 games just to start a new service is a big NO. The company could have prepared the ground, it’s a shame. As for the PS3, we find the catalog above Playstation now. The productions are varied, there is something to have fun with. But where does it block then? that streamingbut we will return to that a little later …

The demos are interesting because they give us access to the entire game, but we are limited in time. So we can start an adventure, enjoy it for long hours until the counter drops to zero. Point to remember, we hold Trophies won, but also our save game to resume our progress if we decide to buy the whole game.

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Let’s talk a little, let’s talk well. Do PSone and PSP games run perfectly on our current consoles? To begin with, two versions are available, PS5 or PS4, it’s up to you. The difference ? On the one hand, the resolution is 4K, on ​​the other 1080p. Next, the machines automatically smooth the textures to bring a clean and comfortable image to the retina.

Convenient and efficient settings.

To give you an example, in tekken 2the characters are crisp and detailed. But when a title exhibits a bit of 2D, the image is running, shaky and unreadable. Consider the case Resident Evil Director’s Cut, the sets turn into a big pile of pixel porridge while the main characters are flashy. To overcome this type of problem, the manufacturer has included an option that allows you to add a filter, “Classic Retro”, bring scan lineschange the colors and blur the image a bit ; honestly, it feels good.

In addition, it is possible to stretch the reproduction so that everything adapts perfectly to your television, but we recommend that you leave the basic aspect (4: 3) to avoid any distortion. Another nice feature is the ability to save anywhere and load your game anytime. Finally we can go back. Are you dead and do not want to start over? Do not panic, just start the appropriate option, select a specific moment and resume your adventure. A convenient and efficient setting; once tried, it’s hard to do without.

Without and with filter

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PS2 games are not eligible for the same treatment. Thereby, there are no visual options to smooth the reproduction, no even manual storage and no “rewind”. We have to settle for a simple emulator, which does not improve the graphics significantly, but still exposes clean textures on the screen. It remains correct in general, let’s say we are disappointed not to have additional parameters.

And PS3? Well, as we told you before, that’s it streaming. Our machines require a good connection to play online. However, if your network is not stable, you will see poor reproduction in front of your eyes. We tested everything under excellent conditions, result? It is blurred and there is a micro delay between when we press a key and the action on the screen. It is frustrating. It therefore takes time to adapt to our reflexes to get used to it, but avoid playing with productions that require some skill, it can quickly get on your nerves. The ideal would have been, like PSone, PSP and PS2, to install a title in the console to enjoy it without any problems.

PS2 and PS3

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Although the interface lacks clarity, it is new Playstation Plus overall is excellent. The service is well stocked with PS4 and PS5 games, ideal for small budgets and allows you to discover gems that you would never have bought. The catalog is well stocked, enough to spend hours in front of your television.

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Then you have to fall for the subscription Premium right now ? Honestly, no. The list of classic games is ridiculous and does not make you want to spend an extra euro on “it”. Where are the video game works that have made us vibrate and transport us to PSone, PS2 and PSP? Again, for a launch, this is ridiculous; better to wait for the list to grow before succumbing. So what ? We advise to fall for the subscription Additional which allows you to get your fingers in multiple (small and large) PS4 and PS5 productions. But the basics are good, you just have to sony to clean everything and add pearls to convince the consumer a little more.

Note: we will update this test when the French service is available.

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Most

  • Ideal for small purses
  • Merging PS + with PS Now, a good idea
  • A well-stocked PS4 and PS5 catalog
  • Additional settings for PSone and PSP
  • The upcoming PS2 games for PS5 and PS4
  • Full waste nut

The smaller ones

  • No further options for PS2 games
  • Streaming PS3 (and PS4) games, not crazy
  • A catalog of ridiculous classic games to launch

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