On this week’s episode of IGN’s PlayStation show, Podcast Beyond!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Brian Altano, Jada Griffin, and Mark Medina to dig into the latest PlayStation news of the week. And of course, the biggest topic on our minds is the new PlayStation Plus subscription tiers, how Sony is altering PS Plus, and whether we have enough details yet to know if it’s worth subscribing to the higher tiers.
The panel breaks down their initial reactions to the new PS Plus three-tiered system, how it integrates PlayStation Now, and where it stands as an offering for PlayStation fans. We dig into the pricing structure, the availability of older libraries, the lack of PS3 downloads and PlayStation Vita as a whole, and whether different tiers appeal to new PS5 players, longstanding PlayStation fans, or both. We of course touch on the biggest question – what the library will actually look like, and knowing that PlayStation won’t release its first-party games day one on the service, we discuss what they could do to make the game libraries worth subscribing to. We also discuss whether a metaphorical sandwich can help explain the different PS Plus tiers. We also hear from the audience on some of your thoughts on the PlayStation Plus changes!
Then, we dig into some other news for the week, like April’s PlayStation Plus games, the renewal of a trademark and tthe hopeful return of our one true PlayStation hero Knack, Gran Turismo 7’s recent apology and economy changes, GTA+ if you wanted info on another subscription service, and a bit of Brian’s Elden Ring Experience.
00:00:10 – Intro
00:03:29 – PlayStation Announces New PS+ Subscription Tiers
00:43:00 – Community Reactions to PS+ Tiers
00:50:30 – April PS+ Free Games & News
00:53:08 – Knack Trademark Gets Refreshed
00:57:34 – Gran Turismo 7 Looking to Improve Its Economy
01:03:56 – GTA+
01:13:59 – Brian’s Elden Ring Experience + Outro
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Jonathon Dornbush is IGN’s Senior Features Editor, PlayStation Lead, and host of Podcast Beyond! He’s the proud dog father of a BOY named Loki. Talk to him on Twitter @jmdornbush.