PlayStation Plus Extra will launch in June 2022 as a new subscription game library, featuring up to 400 PS4 and PS5 games. Here’s what we’d like to see.
By Justin Melillo and Thomas Harrison-Lord
A new, The tiered subscription model will replace the PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now programs currently offered by Sony from June. Three tiers of the new PlayStation Plus – Essential, Extra and Premium – will not only integrate previous services, but also bring new program membership benefits.
PlayStation Plus Essential is the same program as the original PlayStation Plus. As for PlayStation Plus Extra, you get the Essential tier plus a catalog of up to 400 PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games that can be downloaded and played.
Finally, the PlayStation Premium offers players the Essential and Extra tiers, and then some. Up to 340 original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable (PSP) titles can be downloaded or streamed, depending on the title. Games can also be streamed on PS4, PS5 or even PC.
The Premium tier also offers “time-limited game trials” to allow customers to try before they buy.
Prices can be found in the table below:
|Subscription level||Monthly price||Quarterly price||Annual award|
|PlayStation Plus Essential||$9.99 / £6.99||$24.99 / £19.99||$59.99 / £49.99|
|Additional PlayStation Plus||$14.99 / £10.99||$39.99 / £31.99||$99.99 / £83.99|
|PlayStation Plus Premium||$17.99 / £13.49||$49.99 / £39.99||$119.99 / £99.99|
Since the announcement, the “PlayStation Now” service would be “in transition to the new PlayStation Plus offering and will no longer be available as a standalone service”. If you have PlayStation Now, you’ll be upgraded to the Premium tier and won’t have an increase to your subscription fee at launch.
That’s all well and good, but the included games will be key to the service’s success.
The only titles confirmed so far for the “Extra” tier are Death Stranding, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11, and Returnal. Therefore, it’s far too early to judge whether or not the new PlayStation Plus structure will attract an audience.
Returnal, however, for example, is a recent PlayStation 5 exclusive that wouldn’t have appeared on the current incarnation of the subscription service anytime soon.
This gives hope to the rest of the formation. That being said, we wouldn’t expect Gran Turismo 7 to be here from launch. Also, with streaming PlayStation, PS2, PSP and PS3 titles being part of the PlayStation Plus Premium tier only, we’ll cover them in a separate article.
Given these factors, here are 10 great racing games on PS4 and PS5 that we’d love to see on PlayStation Plus Extra. We think each is a realistic addition, so we’re not going to reach for the moon and only go to Glasgow. Let us know what you’d like to see in the comments below.
Hot Wheels Unleashed
Critically acclaimed, fun to drive, and visually stunning, Hot Wheels Unleashed is exactly the kind of great racing game that deserves your attention. Basically, it was profitable on its second day of existence, sold over a million copies, and is currently halfway through its second of three DLC seasons.
With play easily in the dark and more downloadable content sales now a clear goal, adding Unleashed to a subscription service at this point not only provides an engaging and accessible racing game for gamers, but also helps to create greater DLC purchasing potential. public.
The official game of the FIA World Rally Championship features point-to-point time trial driving, a host of real-world drivers, teams and stages, and some of the best rally game handling ever. never existed.
Audio is weaker than a jellyfish and graphical fidelity can leave a lot to be desired. But, hook up a wheel, get in on the flow, soak up a seat-edge riding experience.
Importantly, WRC 10 was revealed to the world in April 2021, so this current game is nearing the end of its relevant lifespan. Additionally, the WRC 2022 game will be developer Kylotonn’s last. What better way to build hype for the upcoming new game, which will hopefully retire, than by including all 10and installment with PlayStation Plus Extra?
With Gran Turismo 7 out in the wild and offering some of the best vehicle handling, weather and visual experiences in the genre – and hopefully improved lobbies and in-game economy soon – the former incumbent, GT Sport, has to date never appeared on PlayStation Plus.
Which is slightly odd. But now it could be an interesting way to get people into Gran Turismo, whet their appetite and sell them for 7.
The only problem is that GT Sport lacks a full single-player experience and the superlative Sport mode seems to be missing updates since earlier this month. That’s funny…
Don’t sleep on this unique take on a sideways driving experience. Inertial Drift, created by the small team at Belfast-based Level 91 Entertainment, has recently been invigorated with a series of revised car models and a new game mode, with more content hopefully coming in 2022.
Not only does it drive like nothing else due to its use of dual analog sticks, but it also looks unique with its neon lights and JDM-inspired vehicles.
So far, all of these updates have been free additions. What the plan is for the rest of the year remains unclear, but either way adding it to Plus Extra – it’s still a weird name – will hopefully shine a light on one of the most underrated runners. -estimated.
With Milestone’s motorcycle development teams currently hard at work on the upcoming MotoGP 22 and the rumored WorldSBK, it’s a good time to revisit Ride 4.
Primarily based on road bikes – but with some superbike racing models – his transition from PS4 to PS5 was spectacular with best-in-class graphics, faster loading times than Usain Bolt after a double-hit latte and an extensive career mode. There is also an optional season pass for additional bikes.
It was the culmination of six years of work, starting with the original Ride game in 2015, and finally refining the title to the point where it achieved its goal of being “the two-wheeled Gran Turismo”.
Low-key, Ride 4 is also a showcase for PS5 ownership and an essential racing game whose sales are regularly reduced. The time has come.
SRX: the game
Another official game in a real-world series, the Superstar Racing Experience was an all-new stock car racing series that featured current and former motorsport stars and it was, oddly enough, the matching game .
It doesn’t reinvent the wheel and use old technology under the skin – Unity for a racing game is always a risk – but that doesn’t mean it can’t just be fun. There are even additional classes to flesh out the gameplay experience.
Created by Monster Games, the studio was bought by PC simulation racing platform iRacing earlier this year. We fully appreciate that giving things away for free or for a nominal fee from Sony isn’t a solid business model for most studios, but if iRacing wants to see its recent acquisition in the hands of more gamers ahead of future plans, maybe being a timely inclusion of the PS4 and PS5 versions here would help.
You can probably guess the theme of many of our suggestions at this point. Game subscriptions can be very lucrative, and by that we mean that Microsoft is willing to pay gargantuan fees to build up its user base. But PlayStation Plus Extra doesn’t seem to have many new day-and-date releases – right now.
With that in mind, our suggestions are for good games that perhaps deserve more of the limelight and will soon have sequels or new content.
Enter Redout, the best anti-gravity racing game since F-Zero and WipE’out defined the subgenre. And guess what? There’s a sequel on the way later in 2022.
But also, Redout is criminally overlooked, and we hope that if this was a launch game on a subscription service, more people can take advantage of 34BigThings’ opus to race in the future. .
The crew 2
Want to know what was the sixth best-selling PS4 game via PlayStation Store in 2021? We’ll give you a hint… it was The Crew 2.
The open-world racing game that revolves around a giant map of the United States and always-online gameplay continues to be popular and ignored by the majority of mainstream gaming outlets. New content drops regularly and its business model seems to be based on the free or optional paid Motorpass system.
Driving the vehicle is vague at best, but the core gameplay has its hooks, and without a PlayStation-exclusive open-world racing game to rival Forza Horizon 5, it’s as close to a PS4 as you can get right now. PS5 owner. An upgrade to 60 frames per second is also planned.
Wipe’out Omega Collection
The Omega collection is a bit strange. Undoubtedly brilliant in almost every way, it’s also a revamp of WipE’out HD and its PS3 expansion Fury combined with WipE’out 2048 on the PS Vita. It’s worth remembering that WipE’out HD included content from the PSP’s WipE’out Pure and WipE’out Pulse.
This can then be played on PS VR and via backwards compatibility on PS5. So in 2022 you will be playing enhanced versions of PSP content. Still, it’s brilliant, and we can almost expect a full PS5-exclusive sequel. It’s appeared on PlayStation Plus before, but that was in 2019. It’s time for this gem to be part of a supported library.
As much as we love the PS5 version of Wreckfest, it was already on PlayStation Plus in May 2021. More fool you if you missed it. Sorry.
A spiritual successor to Burnout, created by some of those who created the Criterion Games series, it harkens back to the early days of the revered series, minus the open world and connected gameplay.
A sequel was reportedly in development, but sadly appears to be in dire straits. A reveal was scheduled for 2021, but things have been quiet ever since. If there’s a small cash boost for the team by adding Dangerous Driving to PlayStation Plus Extra, in turn helping fund the next game, then please let it be.