Sony is changing up how PlayStation Plus works, and it might ring the death knell for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.
Currently, PlayStation Plus offers subscribers a few free games every month, with games spread across all three of the currently-supported consoles—the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita. That model won’t be lasting much longer, however. As Sony revealed in this month’s update to the service, the company will only continue to release PS3 and PS Vita games for another year.
“Starting next year on March 8th, 2019, the PS Plus monthly games lineup will focus on PS4 titles and no longer include PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita titles,” Sony wrote in its monthly PS Plus blog post. “This won’t affect any games you’ve already downloaded, or will download, prior to March 8th, 2019. Those games will still be a part of your PS Plus games library as long as you remain a member.”
In other words, nothing will change with the current system or games you have already downloaded. It’s just that after next March, no new PS Vita or PlayStation 3 games will be offered.
A Sony representative clarified to Polygon that, once these changes are in effect, the PlayStation Plus lineups will consist of just two free PS4 games per month.
With PS Plus shutting down the non-PS4 free monthly games, it seems clear that Sony doesn’t plan to pay much more attention to its older consoles. As it stands now, PS Vita and PlayStation 3 players will have one more year of bonus PS Plus games to collect before all attention shifts to the PlayStation 4.
At least the current lineup of PS Plus games is quite strong.
Source: PlayStation Blog