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PlayStation Plus TEST: furry retrogaming? Big catalogs? Exciting new service?

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Sony Interactive Entertainment made a decision, that of merging the PlayStation Plus that we know with the PlayStation now. Therefore, gamers can choose from 3 new subscriptions to satisfy their video game thirst. To enlighten you a little better, here are the various advantages of each offer to take into account:

  • Essential – € 8.99 per month / € 24.99 per quarter / € 59.99 per year

    • Monthly games for PS5 and PS4;
    • Access to online multiplayer;
    • Cloud storage;
    • Other small benefits (like discounts, etc.).

  • Extra – € 13.99 per month / € 39.99 per quarter / € 99.99 per year

    • All the benefits of the Essential subscription;
    • PS5 and PS4 games catalog.

  • Premium – € 16.99 per month / € 49.99 per quarter / € 119.99 per year

    • All the benefits of the Essential and Extra subscriptions;
    • PlayStation, PS2, PS3 and PSP Remaster catalog;
    • PS3 game streaming;
    • Limited time trial versions.

In Japan, this new universe has been available for a while, we have signed up for a subscription Premium to give you our impressions. Interesting ? Should we succumb? And what it’s worth retrogaming ? Let’s take a look at these questions!

Let’s start with the obvious: the presentation of the service. First of all, sony highlights the titles of the moment to guide the player towards the pearls not to be missed; specially AAA from play station in the spotlight. Next, we have categories in the form of boxes to direct us to specific content. For example, “Catalog”, which groups the PS4 and PS5 versions of multiple licenses. Big black point, everything is confused and it is not possible to order by platform. So if we are only looking for productions new generation, you have to scroll through a whole list of games; it’s a bit boring.

We have another corner which is also called … “Catalog”, which exhibits other categories where everything is separated by genre by large, clearly visible and understandable icons. “Genre”, “Must Play”, “PSone, PS2, PSP”, “PS3” and even “Ubisoft + Classics”, it is accessible, clear, coherentwe don’t understand why Mr. S. did not use this section as its main interface. Finally, we have quick access to “Classics”, “Demos”, “Streaming Games” and “Monthly Games”. All these branches give a little headache, the Japanese giant should have offered something more refined and understandable. No doubt the look will change over the months to bring a little more clarity.

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One of the questions that arises most often: are there any great games to get your teeth into? The answer is yes. Whether you have a PS5 or a PS4 at home, you can enjoy little bombs like Demonic Souls, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Tsushima ghostThey Spiderman, stranding of death and let’s move on. Something more than enjoyable, the genres are varied. There is adventure, action, sports, fighting games, racing, independence, delirium, psychedelic … In other words, there is something to do to relax the neurons a little and escape. The selection isn’t bad, great classics hang around, it’s a delight.

There is a lot to do to relax the neurons a bit and escape.

However, it should be remembered that all productions are not eternal and that they can be withdrawn from the catalog overnight; unlike the monthly games that remain in our Library. To be clear, make the most of them while they are available.. Also, no games Day one in the service. Sony Interactive Entertainment was clear on the subject, but promises all the same, and from time to time, to add a title to his release on the PlayStation Plus ; as was the case with AllStars destruction or will soon be with straywhich arrives on July 19, 2022. To put it simply, the great experiences won’t fall for subscribers right away, sadly.

As for the old titles, it’s catastrophic. The list is thin and ridiculous for a launch. PS2 games can be counted on the fingers of one hand and the PSP and PSone have nothing to excite. The choice of titles is laughable, it is as if play station He had forgotten that he had videogame masterpieces that have marked generations in his bag. It takes heavy from the start, and not History of toys 2 or IQ. you had to put tekken 3 instead of 2, send the Metal Gear SolidThey Final fantasyThey tomb RaiderThey MediEvilThey Gran TurismoThey God of wargames we have already purchased on Playstation Store in a distant time.

Of course, you have to tease the consumer over the months, excite him by adding a few pearls of the past, but 18 games just to start a new serve is a big NO. The company could have paved the way, which is a shame. As for the PS3, we find the catalog of the PlayStation now. The productions are varied, there is something to have fun. So where does it stop? the streamingbut we will come back to this a little later …

The demos are interesting because they give us access to the full game, but we are limited in time. So we can start an adventure, enjoy it for long hours, until the counter drops to zero. Point to remember, we keep the Trophies won, but also our save to resume our progress if we decide to purchase the full game.

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We speak little, we speak well. Do PSone and PSP games work perfectly on our current consoles? For starters, there are two versions available, PS5 or PS4, it’s up to you. The difference ? On the one hand the resolution is 4K, on ​​the other 1080p. Next, the machines automatically smooth textures to bring a clean and pleasing image to the retina.

Convenient and efficient settings.

To give you an example, in tekken 2the characters are sharp and detailed. However, when a title shows some 2D, the image is fluid, scary, and unreadable. Let us consider the case of The director’s cut of Resident Evil, the sets become a big pile of pixel mush, while the protagonists are flashy. To overcome this type of problem, the manufacturer has added an option that allows you to add a filter, “Classic Retro”, carrying scan lineschanging colors and slightly blurring the image ; honestly, it feels good.

It is also possible to stretch the rendering so that everything fits perfectly on your TV, but we recommend leaving the basic aspect (the 4: 3) to avoid any distortion. Another cool feature is the ability to save anywhere and load the game at any time. We can finally go back. Are you dead and don’t want to start all over again? Don’t panic, just launch the appropriate option, choose a specific time and resume your adventure. A comfortable and effective environment; once tried, it’s hard to do without.

Without and with filter

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PS2 games are not entitled to the same treatment. Thereby, there are no visual options to smooth the rendering, not even manual saving and no “rewind”. We have to settle for a simple emulator, which doesn’t improve the graphics much, but still exposes clean textures on the screen. All in all it remains correct, let’s say we are disappointed not to have additional parameters.

And the PS3? Well, as we told you earlier, it is streaming. Our machines require a good connection to play on the web. However, if your network is unstable, you will see poor rendering displayed before your eyes. We tested everything in excellent condition, result? It is blurry and there is micro latency between when we press a key and the action on the screen. It’s frustrating. It therefore takes time to adapt for our reflexes to get used to, but avoid playing with productions that require some skill, it could quickly get on your nerves. The ideal would have been, like PSone, PSP and PS2, to install a title on the console to enjoy it smoothly.

PS2 and PS3

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Although the interface lacks clarity, the new PlayStation Plus overall it is excellent. The service is well stocked with PS4 and PS5 games, ideal for small budgets and allows you to discover gems you would never have bought. The catalog is well stocked, there is enough to spend hours and hours in front of the TV.

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So, you have to fall in love with the subscription Premium right now ? Honestly, no. The list of classic games is ridiculous and doesn’t make you want to spend an extra euro on “that”. Where are the videogame works that made us vibrate and transport us to PSone, PS2 and PSP? Again, for a launch, this is ridiculous; better wait for the list to grow before succumbing. So ? We recommend that you fall in love with the subscription Extra which allows you to get your hands on different (small and large) PS4 and PS5 productions. But the basics are good, you just have to sony to purify everything and add pearls to convince the consumer a little more.

Note: We will update this test when the French service becomes available.

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More

  • Ideal for small bags
  • Combining PS + with PS Now, a good idea
  • A well-stocked PS4 and PS5 catalog
  • Additional settings for PSone and PSP
  • The arrival of PS2 games on PS5 and PS4
  • Full game demo

Minors

  • No additional options for PS2 games
  • PS3 (and PS4) game streaming, not crazy
  • A catalog of fun classic games for a launch

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