Sony’s loosening its britches…just a little.
Sony will be adding additional features to complement its classic PlayStation games (from the PS1, PS2, and PSP libraries) being brought to PS Plus Premium on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.
Whether you’re a PlayStation or Xbox fan, it’s easy to see the absolute value Game Pass has brought to the gaming community. Even before the acquisition of heavy-hitting AAA studios like Activision and Bethesda, being the first to deliver the “Netflix” of gaming – THAT’S ACTUALLY FUNCTIONAL – is an admirable feat.
Xbox has always been seen as the lesser machine for traditional console gaming and more as an advanced home media device than a gaming console compared to its counterpart, the PlayStation, which is the ideal gaming technology in the eyes of video game purists.
Because of that, no one predicted the success of Xbox Game Pass until it was launched, and nearly 25 million users are paying Microsoft $15 a month. No calculator is needed to know how insanely profitable that is.
Sony’s answer – PS Plus Premium – is in the works, but it knows how important its history is to gamers of this generation. They want to make sure that when they roll out their PS Plus Premium service, it’s more than just ROM copies of their games integrated into their network.
Sony has an eclectic lineup of trusted titles that the community is anxious to play again. While PlayStation owners could care less about the quality of the games in respect to being able to play them again at all, Sony is taking it a step further with PS Plus Premium. Members of this service will not only get to play their favorite classic PlayStation games. They will also be able to experience them at higher qualities than previously expected.
PS1, PS2, and PSP games will be added, and you can see a list here, thanks to Push Square. They will also have enhanced resolutions, frame rates comparable to today’s standards, save states like you’d see in traditional ROM setups, and even rewind features that allow you to replay your favorite parts or cover for mistakes.
It’s going to be interesting to see how this service stacks up against their biggest competitor. At the moment, we simply remain excited to experience our favorite games of yesteryear in modern formats.