The full list of PS Plus Premium games is now available to view on the official PlayStation website, and there’s plenty of retro stuff to delight in if you’re willing to pay a little more each month for the Premium tier.
We were treated to the first batch of PS Plus Premium titles not too long ago. However, it was just a selection of what we can expect when the subscription service re-launchs in late June (re-launch dates and times vary by region, with the service already available in Japan).
Now, though, what appears to be the full list of games coming to PS Plus Premium has appeared on Official PlayStation US website (opens in new tab). It’s also a pretty robust and eclectic mix of games, featuring a slew of retro games from the PS1, PS2, and PSP libraries.
Standout titles on the list include Demon’s Souls, Returnal and Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut for PS5, alongside old-school favorites like Ape Escape, Everybody’s Golf and Wild Arms 3.
A solid start, but we have concerns
We can’t be bothered by the wide range of games that the PS Plus Premium tier is offering at the cost of a monthly subscription. A plethora of genres are covered, and there seems to be a lot of nostalgia for me with the inclusion of these older PS1 games as well.
And with more games being added to the service after launch, we’re certainly excited to see what kinds of games Sony can add to its relaunched PS Plus service down the road. Affectionately remembered franchises like Metal Gear Solid and Ridge Racer immediately spring to mind.
However, Sony may have a little more work to do than it’s letting on. First impressions of PS Plus Premium’s PS1 game emulation were mixed. A good part of the games presented are the PAL versions and, therefore, they only run at 50Hz. As such, there’s a noticeable frame-rate impact not seen in the 60Hz NTSC versions of the same titles.
Also, for some games like Everybody’s Golf, a Digital casting analysis (opens in new tab) revealed that Sony applied a frame blending technique to help smooth out the lower frame rate of the PAL version. The problem here is that the technique leads to image ghosting, causing camera movement to appear much blurrier than on the original hardware.
Still, the robust list of games is a promising start. We only hope that Sony will accept player feedback after the service launches to improve the emulation in general.