PlayStation made the official announcement of the PlayStation Plus Essential line-up for February, confirming what games subscribers to the entry-level tier will be able to claim and download for the month.
Tucked away in the blog post making that announcement though, the company also quietly spelled the end of the PlayStation Plus collection – a perk it introduced for subscribers at the launch of the PS5 to help build out an instant library of back catalog classics on the new console. This was also confirmed by emails sent out to current PlayStation Plus subscribers today.
The PS Plus Collection originally contained around 20 games that could be downloaded and played as long as any form of PS Plus subscription remained active, much like the monthly games users get now. Presumably due to the introduction of the Extra and Deluxe tiers with hundreds of games included and a much bigger library available on the PS5 since launch, Sony has made the decision to axe the Collection altogether, on May 9th… Pushing the current basic tier subscribers to those more expensive, and not really worth it, tiers of the program.
That means that subscribers have until that date to claim any of the included titles that they want to play, which will then remain available on their account even after the cut-off date as long as their Plus subscription is active.
PlayStation Plus Collection Games Available Until May 9th
Batman Arkham Knight
Call of Duty Black Ops 3
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Detroit Become Human
Final Fantasy XV
God of War
Infamous Second Son
Monster Hunter World
Mortal Kombat X
Ratchet & Clank
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
The Last Guardian
The Last of Us Remastered
Uncharted 4 A Thief’s End
We would recommend that anyone download these games, or at least activate them, while still having the chance. Once these games are removed on May 9th, the basic tier of PlayStation Plus reverts to paying for online gaming access and 3-4 budget or failed titles a month.
Writer Note:As someone who did the upgrade from basic to deluxe (extra in the US) recently due to the cheap upgrade price, the difference is major but not all that great. If you are a long-time PlayStation Plus subscriber (or someone who gets review copies a lot) you will have a lot of the games placed into the PlayStation Games Selection area already as it’s the same catalog. New items are rarely added to the Deluxe/Extra and Premium tiers, making them worse off in the long term.
If you really want access to PS3, PS2, or PSOne games (and more!), there are cheaper and better options as we outlined in this article here.