The Playstation Plus subscription service was expanded this year to include an extra and premium membership. However, a bug has now surfaced that can overwrite your existing game licenses if you are a subscriber to the new tiers.
Playstation Plus, Sony’s competitor to Microsoft’s Game Pass, has been around since 2010. Gamers who have been there since the beginning have likely accumulated quite a few games through the subscription service. This year, the system has been expanded to include the Extra and Premium tiers. Subscribers to the original PS Plus service automatically became Essential members.
But this change seems to have caused a bug that can irretrievably lose the titles you have already received. It affects games that you added to your library at the time of the original model. However, if an extra or premium membership has been completed in the meantime, you should be careful which games you secure via the monthly game catalogues.
Bug permanently deletes games
If you re-acquire a title you already own through PS Plus through the new Extra Catalogue, you may lose it forever when it is removed from the catalogue. That’s the way it is suffered by a user with “GreedFall”., which he secured as a PS4 version while still subscribing to the original PS Plus system. He later apparently moved to the PS Plus Extra version of the game, which has been expanded to the new generation of consoles.
In the meantime, “GreedFall” has been removed from the extra catalogue. Just like the original license of the user, who is now completely without a game. This was overwritten with the new version, which means that access to the version that was secured at the time and normally permanently available was lost.
It is therefore best to avoid re-adding games you already own to your library if you are a PS Plus Extra or Premium subscriber. Although there are no further reports of this kind, there is also no denial from Sony.
That is, before you link a game from the Extra or Premium tiers to your account, you would first have to check if you already own it in the Essential version. If the Extra or Premium version offers added value over the Essential version, for example the Extra/Premium version is optimized for PS4 and PS5 while the Essential version is only available as a PS4 version, you have to decide whether you want to keep the inferior license forever or switch to the better one that will be lost once the game exits the PS Plus tier.
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The PS Plus service offers a monthly changing catalog of free-to-play titles in the Essential tier. The games from November are still available for selection. These will be exchanged at the beginning of December. Extra and Premium come with a few extra perks, including extensive play with both newer and older titles.
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