June’s PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now Games are Out Now

June is here and so are a handful of new PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus games.

So what’s the difference? The names are mildly confusing, but PlayStation Plus is the PlayStation’s multiplayer service that allows you to play games against or with other people. As part of the service, you get three or so free games a month which, as long as you ‘buy’ them (for zero pennies and zero pence) when they’re available, you can re-download them whenever you want. You can leave PlayStation Plus and come back later and you’ll still be able to download those same games.

PlayStation Now on the other hand is a service that allows you to download and stream PS4, PS3 and PS2 games from a bank of 700 titles. If you see a title you like you can play it, no problem. However, while games are regularly added to PlayStation Now, they’re also removed sometimes so, unlike PlayStation Plus, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to find a title you’ve seen even a year later.

So what’s new this month? Playstation Plus subscribers are getting these games:

  • Operation Tango (PS5)
  • Virtua Fighter 5 Showdown (PS4)
  • Star Wars Squadrons (PS4)

Virtual Fighter 5 Showdown has a high nostalgia factor, even letting you unlock low-poly models for the fighters. But our pick of these three has to be Star Wars Squadrons, which we reviewed here.  It’s the closest you’re going to get to Lucasarts’ old-school X-Wing and Tie Fighter games and if you have PSVR it’s even more immersive.

If you’re a PlayStation Now subscriber, these new titles are coming to the service.

  • Sonic Mania (PS4)
  • Virtua Fighter 5 Showdown (PS4)
  • Sonic Forces (PS4)
  • Slay the Spire (PS4)
  • Car Mechanic Simulator (PS4)
  • The Witcher 3: Game of the Year Edition (PS4)
  • Team Sonic Racing (PS4)

Sonic Mania is well worth having, the first great Sonic game we’ve had in ages. But if you’ve never experienced The Witcher 3 you’re in for a real treat too.

So that’s what’s arriving via PlayStation, on top of the other titles out this month. But, hey, who needs sunlight?