PlayStation Plus Support Ending for PS3, Vita

By | 01/02/2019

PlayStation Plus Support

Plus: PS3 Goes Out With a Bang, PS4 February Update and Cloud Storage…

PlayStation Plus support is officially ending for PS3 and PSVita this month. However, this month’s free games are not to be missed. PS4 also gets great AAA titles.




Announced a year ago, the sad news that PlayStation Plus support would be ending for Son’y PlayStation 3 and PS Vita sent shock waves throughout the gaming community.

Well, the time has finally come. As of Tuesday 5th February 2019, this month’s PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection update will be the final free gifts for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. Sony also stated that official support for both of the consoles will also end in March 2019.

I would love to hear what you think of this news, and what you think is coming next. So, please share your thoughts on PlayStation Store in the comments section below.

From this point onward, only PlayStation 4 games will feature as part of the PlayStation Plus monthly updates.

I would like to point out however, that PlayStation Network capabilities will still be in effect for the machines.

No cloud data will be lost and you will still be able to play games such as GTA Online and keep earning trophies etc.

However, bear in mind that you will still need to continue to subscribe to PlayStation Store in order to play previously downloaded free games.


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For some reason though, Sony are claiming that they are set to increase cloud save storage from 10GB to 100GB for every PS Plus member.

Although the end of free games for users of these consoles is bad news, the good news is that the final games are indeed excellent to say the least:

  • PlayStation 3
    • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
    • Divekick
  • PS Vita
    • Gunhouse
    • Rogue Aces

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – Legendary Game

In my opinion, the best Metal Gear game ever made.

Five years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and the “Big Shell Incident”, we see a visibly aged Solid Snake (a side effect of the cloning technique) taking on one final, dangerous mission to save the world from an extremely powerful private military contractor.

Solid Snake

MGS4 was the first Metal Gear title to include more action rather than forcing you to constantly be stealthy, although you could do that if you wished.

The story was groundbreaking, with all the usual rich characters and plot lines expected in a Metal Gear game, as well as the excellent balance of ominous storytelling and humor; a staple of any Hideo Kojima game.

Divekick – Combat Devolved

An excellent and sometimes humorous, nostalgia-laden, 2D fighting game, Divekick packs all the fighting punch of many of the world’s greatest fighting titles such as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat into one tiny, yet thrilling piece.


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Utilizing an insane, yet surprisingly effective control system of just two buttons, one for Dive (jump) and one for Kick (strike), the game makes for some intensely competitive play.

Divekick features all the usual combat game flair such as health bars and meters, which can be filled to get a temporary speed boost with some special additions for certain characters. The simplicity of the game is what makes it unique as almost every character is extremely well balanced versus the others, it is mostly down to the skill of the player to effectively win the game.


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As for PlayStation 4, free games are set to arrive as usual on update day:

  • For Honor
  • Hitman: Season 1

A pretty good month for PS4, as these two games aren’t too old and still retail with a hefty price tag.

What this really means for owners of PS4, such as an extra game per month, money off deals or extra DLC, time will tell.

For now, enjoy your Metal Gear Solid 4, a great game second time around and absolutely brilliant if you have never played it before.

I would love to hear what you think of this news, and what you think is coming next. So, please share your thoughts on PlayStation Store in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading and have fun.

Take care for now,
Michael – Editor/Owner, ChartX Games.

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14 thoughts on “PlayStation Plus Support Ending for PS3, Vita

  1. Justin

    We love to play our consoles as my son has ps4 which he plays hard and good at it,
    I however am a Mario guy as we had got the switch for Xmas.
    Great information here I love this site and I’m gonna send it over to my son as well do information.
    Thanks a lot

    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Hi Justin. Thanks for the nice comments.

      Your son will be safe with the PS4 as there are currently no plans to end support for that, however it will probably end 5 years after PS5 comes out.

      You can save on some great Nintendo titles here: CDKeys.

      Have fun with Mario. FYI, there are 2 new mobile Mario games releasing this Summer.


  2. Brian

    Great information… ? It’s crazy how companies just move on to the next thing they are selling and leave previous owners to fend for themselves. ?

    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Thanks for the comment Brian.

      It is unfortunate that they have made this decision but due to the cost of doing so, and the still rising numbers of PlayStation 4 being sold, they cannot handle the volume for both of the machines. Whether this means a better online product component for PS4 users though remains to be seen.


  3. Effie

    Hi Michael! Surely, I won’t pass this article to my son! (just kidding!, already bookmarked and passed ) It’s the end of an era for all PS3 users, don’t you think? Thank God, my son has received a PS4 as a Xmas gift. Otherwise, I would be in HUGE trouble. Great read!

    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Hi Effie.

      As long as he continues his PlayStation Plus subscription, he will get great PS4 content.

      Now that Sony are focusing solely on PS4, I wonder whether we will get more or better content. We shall see.

      Thanks for commenting,

  4. Akshay

    Wow, that’s great Michael. I’ll try it out for myself and recommend this to others as well.
    Wonderful post.

  5. Ryan

    Hi Michael. Wow! I didn’t know this news. I am a little out of the gaming world, but hadn’t heard this news until just now. I guess I gotta get my final updates in before it’s gone. Great site, by the way!

    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Hey Ryan.

      The official end date for support is 9th March 2019, so make sure you get anything out of the way before then.

      Also, don’t forget to get Metal Gear Solid 4. It’s the best MGS title and arguably one of the greatest games ever made. I actually think it might be the best ever.

      Thanks for the nice comments,

  6. Ben

    Hey Michael, neat post you’ve got here. I like the additional games mentioned in the second part of the post.

    Turnover in the video game industry has always kinda surprised and annoyed me. I wish many more systems and games were backwards-compatible. It also gets really expensive for people to buy a new system every few years or whenever they feel pressured to upgrade because of how the gaming industry works. It will be interesting to see if future advancements in AI and robotics could potentially enable companies to provide ongoing support and updates for systems or programs that currently need considerable human effort. Should be an incredible time to be alive, as it already is of course. 😀

    I had a ton of fun with my Gameboy and Gamecube back in the day, but quite frankly I don’t regret getting out of video games. However, I hope to return to some of them someday when I have more money and time. 🙂

    Have fun,

    1. Michael Gore Post author

      Hi Ben.

      Thanks for the great comments.

      Sony have stated that they cannot continue with support for older machines because of the cost. They have an ever increasing rise in the sales of PS4 and have decided to focus solely on that machine, while PS5 is basically just around the corner as well.

      Good news though, Sony have actually filed a backwards compatibility patent. Whether this will be for an update for PS4 or will be coming with PS5 is unclear.

      Glad you liked the article.

      Thank you,

  7. Skypath

    That’s really the end of an era, i play PS3 when i was a kid, and MGS is one of the greatest game series in history, I’m glad i play almost all of them, same as you, i think Guns of the Patriots no doubt is the best game of the MGS series, i feel old games always has some magic make me wanna play again, Thanks for the information!

    1. Michael Gore Post author

      It is indeed the end of an era.

      Ironically, the last free game is fitting to be a Metal Gear Solid game as Metal Gear is also over, at least properly, since Hideo Kojima no longer works for Konami; there will be no more MGS games from him. Undoubtedly there will be sub-standard spin offs, but I personally wouldn’t bother with them.

      Thanks for commenting,


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