Sony Will Stop Offering PS3, Vita Games In PS Plus Lineups Next Year
Sony has announced PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita games will no longer be part of its monthly roster of free PlayStation Plus titles.
But don't fret. Any PS3 and Vita freebies previously downloaded from PS Plus can be re-downloaded any time after the update, which goes live March 8, 2019. Sony simply will no longer include new games from those platforms in future lineups. Members can also still use game saves among other PS Plus perks on PS3 and Vita following the update.
Sony says this update stems from "the increasingly vast number of PS4s in homes around the world." PS Plus each month typically releases two games each from PS4, PS3, and Vita, each platform of which sometimes has cross buy. Sony in a statement to Polygon says the PS3 and Vita games won't be replaced by more PS4 titles. PS Plus will instead only release the usual two free PS4 games.
Check out the free PS Plus games for March here.
[Source: PlayStation Blog]
It's certainly understandable why Sony wants people to ditch the old and focus more on the new, especially with the PS4s critical and commercial success that it absolutely deserves. However, not substituting the four PS3 and Vita games with one, maybe two more PS4 titles each month devalues PS Plus. The free games are arguably the best part about being a member. Perhaps if there's enough fan demand Sony will compensate with more PS4 titles. If not, they need to have more desirable games on their PS Plus horizon to keep people on the hook.