It feels a bit silly that we’re writing a guide on how to keep PS Plus Collection games forever after the benefit expires, but unfortunately, Sony’s digital licensing system is still quite messy. In other words, there are a couple of issues that players will need to look out for or they’ll find themselves locked out of the games.
PS Plus Collection: How to redeem all 19 games
PS Plus Collection originally offered 20 games when it was first introduced in 2020, but Persona 5 ended up being removed. First things first, here are the 19 games you can keep:
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- Battlefield 1
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Zombie Chronicles Edition)
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
- Days Gone
- Detroit: Become Human
- Fallout 4
- Final Fantasy 15
- God of War
- Infamous Second Son
- Monster Hunter World
- Mortal Kombat X
- Ratchet and Clank
- Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
- The Last Guardian
- The Last of Us Remastered
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- Until Dawn
On your PS5, go to the PlayStation Store, go to Collections, and scroll down until you see PS Plus Collection. Hit View All, and then redeem each one. Now, for the issues:
- Players who have previously owned any of the above games on disc will see a “Purchased” message. Lost your disc or sold it? Simply scrub the game and its associated license from your library and pretend you never had it. Once it’s removed from the system, you’ll be able to redeem the game BUT….
- If you’re a PS Plus Extra/Premium member, do NOT redeem any of the games via your new membership. We’ve written at length about this issue before. Doing so will override your PS Plus Collection license and if any of the aforementioned games leave the Extra/Premium catalog, you’ll be locked out of them forever! If you’ve already redeemed them via Extra/Premium, you’re a little out of luck until Sony fixes the licensing system. Just pray that the games don’t leave the catalogs before Sony gets around to fixing things.
- It goes without saying but PS Plus Collection works like PS Plus Essential in that you will need an active membership to play its games. Those coming back to the service after a hiatus will still be able to access the games provided that they were redeemed before expiry.
The PS Plus Collection expires on May 9, 2023. The benefit is still available to new PS5 players so those who’ve just picked up the current-gen console, thanks to its increased availability, should make sure to claim all of the above games as soon as possible.