During a free PlayStation Network weekend, Sony has once again taken the wrong step…
Let’s start with the deletion of content. According to the PlayStation website, 1,318 seasons of TV content will be leaving the PlayStation Store on the last day of the year, and even if you’ve purchased Discovery content on Sony’s platform, you’ll simply lose access! “As of December 31, 2023, due to our content licensing agreements with content providers, you will no longer be able to watch any of your previously purchased Discovery content, and the content will be removed from your video library. Thank you for your continued support,” the message reads.
The removed content includes MythBusters, An Idiot Abroad, Cake Boss, Deadliest Catch, American Chopper, Shark Week, How It’s Made and Street Outlaws. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that when games are removed, users can still download the titles, but even paying users can say goodbye to access to these series. And this is not the first time: last August, Sony removed 314 pieces of content from StudioCanal in Germany and 137 in Austria. The year before last, in August, Sony stopped buying and renting TV and movie content on the PlayStation Store, but promised to provide access. So far, it has.
Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced on the PlayStation Blog that as part of the Season of Play promotion (which includes new avatars, PlayStation Stars campaigns, eSports tournaments and discounts), you will be able to play all games online without a subscription from 12:01 am on December 9 until 11:59 pm on December 10. Perhaps this is necessary because Sony increased the subscription price for PlayStation Plus Essential, PlayStation Plus Extra and PlayStation Plus Premium in September, so it’s no wonder that they don’t disclose the number of subscribers.
Of course, this will not be enough to win Sony the favor of non-subscribers. That would require fair pricing and possibly some good extras, and December’s PS Plus Essential offerings (Lego 2K Drive (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4), Powerwash Simulator (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) and Sable (PlayStation 5)) may not be among them.