Shuhei Yoshida: PS Plus Extra Was Conceived As “Best Of” List For Subscribers
PS Plus extra was conceived as a “best of” list for PlayStation subscribers, according to head of indie developer initiatives at SIE, Shuhei Yoshida.
During a recent interview, the head of indie developer initiatives at Sony Interactive Entertainment, Shuhei Yoshida, stated that Sony took the existing PS Now subscription service and created a “best of” list, the outcome of which is PS Plus Extra.
According to Yoshida, he isn’t directly involved with PS Plus initiatives, and that there’s a team dedicated to managing the subscription service. Before the new PS Plus came into being, SIE used to have two or three games included each month in the PS Plus program. That initiative continues with the PS Plus Essential Tier, but with the addition of an Extra Tier that has hundreds of games available for people to play.
He stated that when SIE transitioned from the old PS Plus to new PS Plus, it looked at the whole catalogue of games that were included in PS Now. He said that the console maker didn’t just move these games to PlayStation Plus Extra, and instead opted to completely revisit the list and try to create a “best of” collection of high quality games, ranging from indies to AAA titles.
Yoshida claims that over 100 high quality titles are currently offered via the PS Plus Extra Tier. The service team and third party relations team are constantly looking at ways to refresh or add new games to the collection.
Just this month in November, 2022, a list of major third-party titles, such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and Kingdom Hearts III, and Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory were added to the PS Plus Extra game catalog.