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PlayStation Plus dropping free PS3 and PS Vita titles in 2019


Jason Clement

UPDATE: According to Polygon, Sony provided a comment clarifying that only two PS4 games will be offered for free in 2019.

 

It was only a matter of time before this happened but today PlayStation finally announced that it will be dropping PlayStation 3 and PS Vita titles from the monthly PlayStation Plus free game lineup in 2019.

 

Both platforms have continually seen an audience decline ever since the PlayStation 4 launched and neither can be widely bought at retail stores now either. However, the good news is that you'll still retain the ability to download any PS3 and PS Vita games that you've already gotten for free through the PlayStation Plus service.

 

With PlayStation Plus pivoting to PS4-only games, the real question is whether the selection will expand from the current two free games to encompass the other four empty game slots that will be left vacant by PS3 and PS Vita or whether we'll only get two games from 2019 on.

 

The official post on The PlayStation Blog doesn't give any indication, so we'll have to wait and see, though it's a good bet Sony doesn't feel the need to offer so many free games now since the PS4 is (and has been) selling like hotcakes for some time.

 

Source: PlayStation Blog

 

What are your thoughts on PlayStation dropping PS3 and PS Vita games from PlayStation Plus?

Edited by Jason Clement

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I don't have a PS4 or PS+ but still think it's lame to drop last gen games. When will they learn that people still enjoy retro games? It's even more annoying when you can't buy these games anywhere anymore but yet they cry over using emulators.

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22 hours ago, Rex705 said:

I don't have a PS4 or PS+ but still think it's lame to drop last gen games. When will they learn that people still enjoy retro games? It's even more annoying when you can't buy these games anywhere anymore but yet they cry over using emulators.

 

Yeah, it kinda sucks. I mean, I get the business reality behind it, but it's still nice to get an extra few games each month, especially when it's mostly been indie games as of late for both platforms.

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I can understand dropping PS3 games but dropping the Vita really hurts for me. I still love that console and play it more than I do my Switch. Too bad Sony didn’t have a little more love for it. 

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I'd love to say I told you so.... so... I told you so. It sucks yes, but I think it further exposes the fact that PS+ hasn't been worth the asking price for a long time. I mean if the PSN was actually pretty decent I think they could justify the same price as XBL but throwaway games and shoddy servers do not a $60 annual charge make. I tend to try and find sale prices on 12 month cards and that's the only reason I've been able to justify paying for it. It's even harder now.

 

p.s. I hate the PSN, can you tell? lol.

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4 hours ago, WildCardCorsair said:

I'd love to say I told you so.... so... I told you so.

 

 

I just hope it doesn't mean they're getting ready to shut down the PSP/PS3 PSN servers. Even though those PS Stores are terrible to use, I hope they stay up for a long while, if only because hundreds (thousands?) of games will disappear when it goes down.

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On 3/26/2018 at 4:21 PM, Jason Clement said:

 

I just hope it doesn't mean they're getting ready to shut down the PSP/PS3 PSN servers. Even though those PS Stores are terrible to use, I hope they stay up for a long while, if only because hundreds (thousands?) of games will disappear when it goes down.

 

Oh I agree. I think the worst thing they could do is to take the servers down. It's not like any system they make can afford to have every game downloaded on them at once... I know I can't, even with the largest Vita memory card they made. 

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