Major changes coming to PS Plus, starting in June
If you've already snuck a peek at next month's lineup of free PS Plus games, then you're probably already aware of the changes coming to PlayStation Plus. With June marking the four year anniversary of PS Plus, which provides members with exclusive discounts, access to betas, demos, and of course, free games to play, Sony is looking to improve upon its service.
"As our members have grown with us from our introduction on PS3, PS Vita and now PS4, together we have built a strong community of gamers around the world," said John Koller, SCEA's VP of Platforms Marketing.
"The excitement around PlayStation 4 has been tremendous, and it has been exciting to see how quickly our dedicated community has rallied around the system, adopting and engaging with its features and spreading the word about what makes PS4 the best console available. PlayStation Plus has been an essential part of PlayStation 4, providing access to next-gen online multiplayer and a steady stream of great games including Resogun, Outlast, Don’t Starve and Mercenary Kings. Since we are always looking to continue evolving PS Plus to be a service that really serves our community, we are excited to provide a more balanced set of games introduced each month with PS Plus."
And with that, starting in June, PS Plus will grant members access to two titles per month for each of Sony's platforms. Yes, that means PS4 owners will also be getting two free games per month. This starts with Trine 2: The Complete Story and Pixeljunk Shooter Ultimate.
In addition to more free games, Sony is also adjusting the release schedule of PS Plus games. "Since we’ve seen how excited many of you are to download Instant Game Collection titles as soon as they’re available, we’ve decided to adjust the length of time each title will be available," Koller said.
Starting in July, every title in the Instant Game Collection will be available on the first Tuesday of the month, and will be free for the month, until the first Tuesday of the following month. Not only does this give you more time to download each game, but it takes the guesswork out of how long the game will be available for free.
"In the coming weeks, you’ll see that several of the titles that have had a nice, long stint in the Instant Game Collection will be phased out, so if you’re new to the service and haven’t had a chance to download all of the titles available through PS Plus — or if you’ve been thinking about subscribing but haven’t yet — now is the perfect time to get all the great games available with PS Plus," Koller concluded. "Members have a lot to look forward to in the coming months, including the Destiny multiplayer beta (for members who have pre-ordered the game), Driveclub PS Plus Edition, Secret Ponchos and more."
You can view the full lineup of free PS Plus games for June here. For Europe, you can find the full list here.