A look at the games available in the PlayStation Plus Collection, which will no longer be offered to PS5 subscribers as of May.
For over two years now, PlayStation Plus subscribers who owned a PS5 got access to
the PlayStation Plus Collection
, a set of 19 legacy PS4 games available for free download and play via the console's backward compatibility. This week,
that it will be ending this subscriber benefit in May. Current PS5 owners will have until then to redeem their free games, which will remain available on their account as long as they stay subscribed to any of
PlayStation Plus' multiple tiers
Hundreds of legacy PS4 games
are still available for download as part of the higher-end PlayStation Plus "Extra" and "Premium" tiers (starting at $14.99/month or $99.99/year). That list includes many of the titles that were part of the PlayStation Plus Collection, including almost all of Sony's first-party titles. But the PlayStation Plus Collection was also available at the cheapest "Essential" pricing tier ($9.99/month or $59.99/year).
The PlayStation Plus Collection served as a valuable introduction to legacy PlayStation franchises for PS5 owners who never owned a PS4. Sony
said in an earnings release last night
that such users made up a full 30 percent of the PS5's monthly active users, suggesting that "the acquisition of new users is progressing," as the company put it. Players who did upgrade from a PS4 to a PS5, meanwhile, are spending significantly more time and money on the new console on average, according to Sony.