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I think it's pretty clear you're going to lose all games. PS+ is a rental service. Steam is a rental service. Want to keep a game? Buy it on disc, problem solved.

The reasoning is that Sony doesn't own these games. There are hundreds of publishers and 3rd party studios involved, so it's likely that there's no legal way for Sony to basically hand out free digital copies.

Anyway, it's likely that when they shut down PSN for a console, it's because it's so old that almost nobody is using it anymore. Looking at how Live works, the OG Xbox was still active on it until 2010.



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Looks like people are going to lose all their games, unfortunately.

xbox is doing this the correct way. You own the Xbox 360 GWG games forever, and the Xone games will probably be carried over to Xbox two via full backwards compatibilty.



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Don’t they work even when not online? I think I’ve played them when offline before if they’re already downloaded



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Robert_Downey_Jr. said:
Don’t they work even when not online? I think I’ve played them when offline before if they’re already downloaded

I believe the expiry date is built in (Ex. 364 days remaining) that's why they're playable offline. Once this date is skipped they'll be automatically locked unless Ps+ is renewed. It is unsure what happens though when online servers are completely shut down and a PS+ membership becomes redundant on the console. 



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torok said:

PS+ is a rental service.

Wrong, it is a subscription service.

torok said:

Steam is a rental service.

Wrong, it is a digital distribution platform with DRM. Just like the PS store.

torok said:

Want to keep a game? Buy it on disc, problem solved.

... if those games are playable without all those online patches and if you don't care about DLCs and online modi.

The differences between digital and physical games get smaller every year.



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Mr.GameCrazy said:
UltimateUnknown said:
I'm assuming they'll just let you keep them as long as you have them downloaded.

And subscribed to PS+.

This.



Could go either way, but I expect you'll lose access to the free games you got.



Conina said:
torok said:

PS+ is a rental service.

Wrong, it is a subscription service.

Probably a more adequate name,

torok said:

Steam is a rental service.

Wrong, it is a digital distribution platform with DRM. Just like the PS store.

Not exactly the same, Steam uses always online DRM. You have to connect to Steam every X weeks to renew it. PS digital copies don't need to do this verification. If both services were turned off and no patches were issued, only Steam games would stop working after a while.

torok said:

Want to keep a game? Buy it on disc, problem solved.

... if those games are playable without all those online patches and if you don't care about DLCs and online modi.

The differences between digital and physical games get smaller every year.

Unless the game is online-only, I've played all my disc games before the day one patch was downloaded. So claiming that physical copies are not superior in that sense is not true. And I'm not even talking about resale value and trading.



I think they will remove those older games from the PS+ service, probably gradually. Like how Netflix removes movies and shows from their service, to make room for new stuff. If you've already downloaded it, then great you can still play. If not, you won't be able to download it anymore. That is my guess as to how it will play out.



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