Sony Will Begin Dropping PS3 and Vita Games from PS Plus in 2019

Everything Else About PS Plus Will Remain the Same

Sony announced their March PlayStation┬áPlus lineup yesterday, and while it’s arguably the best month ever for the premium service, the company also dropped some rather important news. Beginning next year on March 8th, 2019, PS Plus members will receive fewer free games.

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That’s right. As explained on the PlayStation blog, Sony will drop PS3 and Vita titles from its PS Plus lineup, choosing to only “focus on PS4 titles.” That means instead of the usual six-game format gamers have been used to since November 2013 — two free games for each platform — PS Plus subscribers will have their free game benefits cut to only two.

In case you thought the wording could suggest that Sony would replace the titles with MORE PS4 games, a Sony representative told Polygon that the lineup will “consist only of two free PS4 games” after February 2019.

According to Sony, nothing else will change about PS Plus. Sony has assured that this won’t affect any games you’ve already downloaded — or will download — prior to the change next year. Even after Sony has stopped giving out PS3 and Vita games, you’ll still be able to download and access them, cloud saves and all, so long as you remain a member.

Sony is defending the change because many of their fans “are playing on the PS4 platform” compared to the others. The PS3 launched in November 2006, and the Vita in February 2012 in North America. Support for both of these systems has gradually decreased over recent years. The decision does make sense and it is good that Sony announced the change so early.

The loss of four games is a pretty big blow, but if Sony can continue to offer two big games — like this month’s Bloodbourne and Ratchet & Clank — consistently, then the change might not be all that bad.

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