The revamped PlayStation classics will have two features we should be very happy about

Communication of new PS Plus plans may not be the best, especially with classic games, but there’s also good news for those who still prefer to buy their games rather than rent them.

New plans for PlayStation Plus take over today with all sorts of news dripping, confirmations from players with Asian accounts and rumors that it would almost be better if Sony came out explain in detail all the details of your new service, Before this ball kept rolling.

But today I don’t want to dwell on the controversy or the bad news (we hope that this information on the 50 Hz will not come true), but on the good news which, sometimes, is obscured by the trickle of information and doubts. And it is that the classic games that are added to the Premium subscription service will not be exclusive to said service, but rather can continue to be purchased individually, regardless of whether we have opted for this model. Not only that, some games that match our past purchases will be honored and will be transformed by new perks added to game versions like the classic PlayStation 1 and PSP. This was confirmed by Sony in its own blog, under the guise of the debate over its lack of a catalog: Additionally, players who have already purchased the digital version of certain PlayStation and PSP games will not have to make a separate purchase or sign up for PlayStation Plus to play these titles on PS4 or PS5. When these titles release on PS4 and PS5, players will be able to head over to PlayStation Store and download a console version at no additional cost if they already own the digital version of the title. Some of the titles will also be available for individual purchase.”

Sony missed a few opportunities with the number of legendary games behind itData that, as I said before, hasn’t shined as well as it should due to controversies over their limited catalog (which, yes, is rare) and poor communication, but on which we have to reflect because they are important for our environment. Having the ability to purchase these classic games individually is something we must continue to fight for. And yes, I say struggling because, as you may have seen, Sony’s statements refer to “certain” games and “certain titles available for individual purchase”. I want to understand that this refers more to the PlayStation 3 catalog, a lot of it will be streaming, and the vast majority of PSP, PS1 and PS2 games will be available for purchase. But with all of that, I’m also pointing directly to how Nintendo has put together its catalog of classics with nintendo switch online, where the only way to access these games is through their subscription service, with no way to purchase them individually.

Offering classic games only by subscription is a way to hijack our wallets. This forces you to a series of factors if you want to finish that JRPG from twenty years ago that you want to replay or experience for the first time. First, you must pay each month that you continue to play the game in question or you will lose your access, while it creates a sense of urgency, to have to play before the end of the month, if you do not want to continue to pay for the service. But even more if it is an eternal game, one of those that you always want to have there to play “a game” from time to time. For me, not being able to own certain games, even digital ones, is like a sword of Damocles hanging over my head to judge whether I’m making the service in question profitable.

And hey, I have no problem using current gaming subscription services. It can be understood that you want to enjoy a game once and that’s it. But This model supports individual purchase For those who want to have it forever. It is even more serious with the classics, works that many want to own and, therefore, the fact of offering them only for rental within the framework of a subscription service, forcing a return to the collectors’ markets. used (or doing emulation, which is what they’re going to get) or versions on other consoles, it’s a complete mistake.

Sony missed a few opportunities with the number of legendary games behind it. Considering the initial catalog, at least in Asian territory, they have a long way to go to honor it and increase the initial circulation. I don’t know when it will happen, maybe in five or ten years, but at least it seems that they have understood that backwards compatibility is a necessary asset, a historic debt and also a business opportunity. I’m glad they chose to offer both routes. One to try out these games through a subscription catalog (hopefully in the future we can call it sold out), and also the ability to buy it whenever you want. Information from those who test the service with Asian accounts indicates that the price (at least for PSP and PSX) could be around 4 or 5 euros. I don’t know if the change will be accurate or not, or if all games will cost the same, but that’s also good news. In addition, the fact that some of the ones we had already purchased at the time are transformed into these new versions with the new emulator, that they are improved with the CRT filters, save states and rewind, balance my skepticism in other areas of this renewed service.

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