Sony appears to have removed expiration dates from its PlayStation Plus lineup, giving fans virtually no indication of how much time they have left to play a given title. As a subscription service for Sony console owners, PlayStation Plus offers many benefits for those who pay their monthly fees. This year, new tiers have been included in the PlayStation Plus subscription, giving players access to Extra and Premium, which, among other things, have added a massive list of titles to stream and play.
Like Xbox Game Pass, new titles are added to PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium from time to time, with major releases such as Death Loop, Wander, and GTA Vice City: Definitive Editing be available. However, just as some popular games are added to the PS Plus Extra and Premium library from time to time, other titles are also being removed from the service. To ensure subscribers were playing a game before it was taken down, players could previously check the expiration date to see when those titles would leave.
Now it looks like Sony has removed the ability to see exactly when a game leaves PS Plus Extra or Premium. As the PS Play Twitter account pointed out, games are no longer notifying players when they are being removed from the service, dropping an important piece of information for many. The “Last chance to play” tab is still available, but if a player clicks on a game in this tab, they won’t see exactly when they leave the service, which will likely lead to some confusion down the line.
Although games included in the PlayStation Plus Essential tier remain in place for a month before being removed, there is no set pattern for when titles are removed from Extra and Premium. Extra and Premium games do not remain in the players library once they have been deleted as they do in the Essential tier, and are only playable when available through the service. Japan’s PlayStation Blog still lists expiration dates for certain games and lets players know they’ll be able to play GTA Vice City: Definitive Edition until February 20, 2023, but unless this change is reversed, future additions to the service will remain for an unknown duration.
This change may not matter for those who play games as soon as they join the Extra and Premium libraries, but for gamers who typically wait a while before playing these titles, it may be worrying that they won’t know when certain versions are removed. Recently PlayStation Plus removed the original Red Dead Redemption from its subscription service, essentially rendering this game unplayable on PS4 and PS5.
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