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Sony announced January PS Plus and PS Now releases

Persona 5 Strikers shows Alice in pink with a stick with a flamingo head.

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Sony has officially announced the games that will be added to PS Now and PS Plus from tomorrow. The first one adds Final Fantasy XII: Age of the Zodiac and Mortal Kombat 11and the latter includes Persona 5 Strikers.

PS Now, Sony’s game streaming subscription service, will add six new games tomorrow. They are:

  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Final Fantasy XII: Age of the Zodiac
  • Unleashed Rage
  • Unturned
  • Super Time Force Ultra
  • Kerbal Space Program: Extended Edition

Meanwhile, the increasingly anachronistic PS Plus is adding three new games to subscribers to download this month. It’s them:

  • Persona 5 forwards
  • Mud 5
  • Deep rock galactic

An excellent choice, in general, with Deep rock galactic debuts on PlayStation… But with each passing month, Sony’s offering is getting more and more confusing given a) the two services now overlap a lot, and b) neither seems like an adequate answer to Microsoft Game Pass.

As someone who was late to PS4, I remember that even then I was very confused by these two different subscription services offered for the same machine. This is even more confusing given the huge improvements in PS Now last year, which now offer 1080p streaming, but more importantly, allow subscribers to download about half of the catalog.

Whereas PS Now only streamed in the past and PS Plus had a few downloadable “freebies” (which will no longer be yours if you stop paying tithing), the two are now significantly encroaching on each other’s territory. Given that Now lets you download almost every PS2 and PS4 game available to your computer, it starts to feel more like Game Pass – until you notice that only three games from 2021 are available to play locally.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is adding a slew of new downloadable games to Game Pass every month, including a downright odd number of Day 1 releases, which makes both Sony offerings seem downright stingy. However, Now has many hundreds of games available, far surpassing Microsoft’s catalog …

See! Confusing!

Rumors spread that Sony will finally react to Microsoft’s game of giving out chickens by intelligently merging the two services into one and using the more understandable PS Plus brand name for its name. It definitely seems like the right choice considering Now has been offering Game Pass a half-decent competitor for almost six months now, and few have noticed.

In the meantime, we have another month in which Sony offers us a measly three new games to download, while Microsoft offers more than every time it sneezes.




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