PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium: The launch in Asia highlights the downsides of the new subscriptions


PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium: The launch in Asia highlights the downsides of the new subscriptions
Written by aquitodovale

PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium will debut in Italy on 23 June, however, with the launch of the two season tickets in Asia, new details on the extras offered by the two new tiers are circulating online, confirming the strengthsbut also highlighting some flaws and possible problems not to be overlooked.

Let’s start with the last nasty surprise we reported, caused by a communication error by Sony itself: the classic PS1 and PSP included in the Premium or available for purchase separately on the PlayStation Store they will not support online multiplayer, at least for now. For the uninitiated, yesterday the description of Worms World Party of the PlayStation Store mentioned precisely the presence of online multiplayer, lighting the hopes for the implementation of this extra for other classics as well. As we were able to explain, however, it was a mistake by a careless employee who copied and pasted the description of Steam’s Worms World Party (which instead supports online multiplayer). So, barring pleasant surprises, we will hardly see PS1, PSP and PS2 classics with online functions, as happens for example with the Nintendo Switch Online retrogames.

Staying on the subject, apparently the classic PS1 and PS2 will be in PAL version in every region of the world and will therefore run at 50 Hz and not at 60 Hz, with all the cons of the case, mainly a framerate anchored on 25 fps. This is undoubtedly a flaw, since it would have been desirable at least to give the possibility to choose between NTSC (at 60 Hz) and PAL version, understanding the technical problems in creating 60 or more fps versions of each classic (it is not enough to simply “unlock “the framerate).

Another novelty that could make PlayStation users turn up their noses and that to access the games in the PS Plus Extra and Premium catalogs will be it is mandatory to carry out an online check periodic. Let’s be clear, we are talking about a not very stringent limitation, as it is necessary to connect your PSN account only once every seven days, therefore a generous time interval, however this could have bothered a part of users as happened recently with the DRM of the Xbox ecosystem.

PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium will debut in Italy on June 23rd

Another thorny issue that has emerged in the last few hours concerns the cost for the upgrade from PlayStation Plus Essential to Extra and Premium. According to various reports on the net, to make the transition to a higher subscription level it will be necessary to pay an upgrade, with the price that is calculated on the basis of the entire remaining period, to the disadvantage of those who have accumulated months or even years over time subscription thanks to various promotions and now he has to pay a lot of money for the upgrade. This was actually predictable already reading the official Sony FAQ, but what no one expected is that those who have subscribed to a subscription by taking advantage of offers through the PlayStation Store in addition to the upgrade will also have to pay the price difference given by the discount. A nasty surprise that we hope will simply turn out to be a system error that will be fixed by Sony shortly.

Another not indifferent tile concerns the PS3 titles included in PS Plus Premium, with Sony that a few hours ago confirmed that they will not support the DLCs neither for subscribers nor for those who bought them at the time. And considering that many of the PS3 games included in Sony’s initial shared list have some pretty important DLCs in some cases, that’s really a shame.

We have summarized the negative news for PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium that emerged thanks to the launch of the two subscriptions in Asia, both as a sort of summary for those who have not had the opportunity to update in the last few hours and as a starting point for discussion, however, keeping in mind that Sony’s 2.0 service has undeniable strengths and that there are still many details to be explored, such as the complete line-up (since we now only have the one for the Asian market), as the service will come launched in the rest of the world.

For example, have the news about PS3 games and the PS1 and PSP classics made you change your mind about subscribing to PS Plus Premium, perhaps preferring the Extra? Or will you wait for community feedback before subscribing or upgrading to avoid any nasty surprises? Let us know in the comments.

Parliamone is a daily opinion column that offers a starting point for discussion around the news of the day, a small editorial written by a member of the editorial team but which is not necessarily representative of the editorial line.

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