Sony weighs in on PS Plus subscription stacking

The full list of PS Plus Premium games is now available on the official PlayStation website, and there's plenty of retro goodness if you're willing to pay a little more each month for the Premium tier.

We received the first batch of PS Plus Premium titles not too long ago. However, this was just a selection of what we can expect when the subscription service relaunches in late June (relaunch dates and times vary by region, with the service already rolling out in Japan).

Now, however, what appears to be the full list of games coming to PS Plus Premium has appeared on the official PlayStation US website (opens in a new tab). It's also a fairly robust and eclectic mix of games, with a fairly large number of retro games from the PS1, PS2 and PSP libraries.

Featured titles on the list include Demon's Souls, Returnal, and Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut for PS5, along with old-school favorites like Ape Escape, Everybody's Golf, and Wild Arms 3.

A solid start, but we have concerns.

We can't be bothered with the wide range of games that the PS Plus Premium tier offers for the price of a monthly subscription. A wide variety of genres are covered, and there seems to be plenty of nostalgia to take advantage of the inclusion of those old PS1 games too.

And with more games being added to the service after launch, we're certainly excited to see what kinds of games Sony may add to its relaunched PS Plus service later on. Fondly remembered franchises like Metal Gear Solid and Ridge Racer immediately spring to mind.

However, Sony may have a bit more work to do than it seems. First impressions of PS Plus Premium emulation of PS1 games have been mixed. A good part of the games presented are PAL versions and therefore only run at 50 Hz. Same titles.

Additionally, for some games like Everybody's Golf, analysis by Digital Foundry (opens in a new tab) revealed that Sony applied a frame-blending technique to help smooth out the lower frame rate of the PAL version. The problem here is that the technique leads to ghosting, which makes camera movement much blurrier than on the original hardware.

Still, the strong roster of games is off to a promising start. We only hope that Sony will take into account player feedback after the launch of the service to improve the emulation at all levels.

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