Sony’s PlayStation 5 is weeks away from launching in the U.S. on November 12. The hotly anticipated console will introduce a host of next-generation specs to PS fans, like the addition of a solid-state drive for snappier load times and ray-tracing support. But the console’s hardware isn’t the only thing getting a facelift.
The PS5 will also upgrade the PS Plus subscription service with the introduction of the PlayStation Plus Collection. Sony's answer to Xbox Game Pass will give members access to a library of select PS4 games on the PS5 as soon as the next-generation console hits shelves, plus a free copy of the indie title Bugsnax.
CEO Jim Ryan introduced the new and improved version of PS Plus to the world during Sony's September 16 PS5 showcase. Its announcement was short on details but the company revealed more details about it in an October 28 blog post.
Anyone who buys a PS5 and is already paying for PS Plus will get instant access to 'Bugsnax' when the next-gen console launches on November 12.
The PS Plus Collection will ensure that anyone who's already paying for PS Plus will have instant access to big-name Sony exclusives and third-party classics right away. To sweeten the deal, Sony is throwing in access to the quirky first-person adventure Bugsnax to any PS5 owners with PS Plus. The game will be redeemable starting on November 12 until January 4, 2021.
A new month also means a refreshed PS Plus lineup, which will include the Lord of the Rings-themed title Middle-earth: Shadow of War and Hallow Knight: Voidheart Edition, which will both be playable on PS4 and PS5.
PS Plus is mostly staying the same, but the PS Plus Collection will bring it a lot closer to the Xbox Game Pass. Here's everything we know about the new PS5 perk.
When is the PS Plus Collection launch date?
The PS Plus Collection is set for launch the day the PS5 is released on November 12 in the U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. In other regions of the globe, the PS Plus Collection launches November 19, coinciding with the hardware release. This might sound like a quick and easy way to have access to all of the PS4's best titles right as the PS5 is released, but depending on where you live you might not have access to the service at all.
What countries is the PS Plus Collection available in?
Sony notes that "availability of PlayStation Plus Collection titles may vary by country. The Plus Collection is not available in China."
It appears that U.S. gamers shouldn't have any issue accessing the service during day-one of the PS5 launch, but some games might be missing from its library for international gamers when it's rolled out.
How much will the PS Plus Collection cost?
The PS Plus Collection will be bundled into the existing PS Plus subscription so long as subscribers own a PS5. The subscription service costs $9.99 for a month, $24.99 for three months, and $59.99 for a year and will remain the same with the PS5.
That means if you already subscribe to PS Plus and are upgrading to the PS5 you'll be able to download and play any of the games listed below instantly.
What games will be included in the PS Plus Collection?
Sony has yet to release a comprehensive list of all of the titles that will be offered as part of the PS Plus Collection. The company teased 20 of its most heavy-hitting titles that will be available on the service fight off the bat:
- God of War (2018)
- Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition
- Mortal Kombat X
- Until Dawn
- The Last Guardian
- The Last of Us Remastered
- Persona 5
- Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
- Monster Hunter World
- Fallout 4
- Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
- Ratchet & Clank
- Days Gone
- Detroit: Become Human
- Battlefield 1
- inFAMOUS Second Son
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III - Zombies Chronicles Edition
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Inverse will update this list as Sony announces more games coming to the service.
PS Plus Collection vs. Xbox Game Pass
The PS Plus Collection seriously elevated how Sony's subscription stands up to Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass. But Game Pass has an edge over PS Plus in the number of titles it includes and the fact that it also lets you play many of the games it offers on PC.
The services each cost $9.99 a month, but the PS Plus Collection only has 20 games that are free at all times, while Game Pass has over 100 free games at any given moment.
At the end of the day, Game Pass is a better deal for the price especially if you own a PC. But if you're a fan of Sony exclusives like God of War and The Last of Us, PS Plus is the only service that offers them. Choosing between the two will come down to the titles you love the most and the hardware you already own.
The PlayStation Plus Collection will launch in the U.S. November 12.