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Are PS Plus Extra Games Permanent? No, You Only Have Access While Subscribed

To be clear upfront – no, PlayStation Plus Extra games are NOT permanent additions to your library. You only have access to the hundreds of PS4 and PS5 games in the Extra catalog for as long as you maintain an active PS Plus Extra subscription.

As an avid gamer myself, I totally understand the desire to build a permanent collection. So in this detailed guide, I‘ll cover everything you need to know about how the PS Plus Extra game catalog works, what happens if you unsubscribe, tips to maximize your subscription, and whether it‘s ultimately worth it for the average gamer.

A Closer Look at the PS Plus Extra Game Catalog

First, let‘s take a deeper dive into the PS Plus Extra game catalog and benefits. For $14.99 per month, you gain unlimited access to a library of over 400 PS4 and PS5 games to download and play.

Here‘s a quick overview of key PS Plus Extra catalog details:

  • Over 400 games currently available
  • All games are downloadable, not streaming-only
  • Includes exclusives like God of War, Spider-Man, Demon‘s Souls
  • New PS4/PS5 games added monthly
  • Some existing games removed monthly
  • Keep access as long as your subscription is active

The catalog spans popular games from a variety of genres, from big open world titles like Red Dead Redemption 2 to indie hits like Hollow Knight. As of February 2023, major games include:

  • Death Stranding
  • Ghost of Tsushima Director‘s Cut
  • Marvel‘s Spider-Man
  • Returnal
  • Mortal Kombat 11

There‘s a ton of gameplay value here for only $15 a month! But what happens if you decide to unsubscribe?

Losing Access to Games If You Unsubscribe from Extra

I want to reiterate that unsubscribing from PS Plus Extra will make any games you‘ve downloaded from the catalog unplayable. Unlike the monthly Essential free games, Extra catalog titles are not permanently added to your library.

When your Extra subscription ends, either by canceling or not renewing, you lose access to:

  • Any PS Plus Extra games you‘ve downloaded
  • Game saves and trophies associated with those games
  • The ability to play Extra games, even those you added to your library

You‘ll have to resubscribe to Extra to regain access to the catalog and any saved progress. So if you‘re hoping to stop paying but keep certain Extra games forever, unfortunately that‘s not possible.

Tips to Maximize Your PS Plus Extra Subscription

Since the hundreds of Extra games are a "use it or lose it" perk of your subscription, here are some tips to get the most value:

Claim games proactively:

  • Download titles immediately that you definitely want to play
  • Don‘t wait months or years to try a game
  • Prioritize titles that interest you or received great reviews

Monitor expired and upcoming games:

  • Check the monthlyExpiring PS Plus Games]( lists
  • Set reminders for games expiring soon from your library
  • Browse upcoming PS Plus monthly games for future additions

Play Variety:

  • Switch genres frequently to get the most entertainment value
  • Don‘t just play the same type of game for months
  • Try titles out of your comfort zone!

Following these tips will ensure you squeeze the most fun out of your Extra subscription.

Evaluating the Value of PS Plus Extra for You

At the end of the day, whether the PS Plus Extra subscription is "worth it" comes down to your personal gaming preferences and habits.

Here are a few key factors to consider:

  • Number of games – Over 400 options provide tons of variety
  • Monthly price – $14.99 is less than the cost of 2 new releases
  • Access vs. Ownership – You don‘t keep these games forever
  • Online play – Still need a base PS Plus sub even without Extra
  • Mix of titles – Range of AAA games to indie releases

Based on analysis by gaming sites, the Extra catalog saves the average gamer over $740 compared to buying all those titles individually. That‘s a huge savings!

But casual players who take months to finish games may not get full value from the large catalog. You really have to play actively to justify the subscription cost.

My recommendation is to take advantage of the free trials and see if Extra offers enough variety and new games to satisfy your personal gaming habits. The massive on-demand library adds unlimited entertainment for most players.

So in summary – no, PS Plus Extra games are not yours permanently. But the catalog still provides great entertainment value if you utilize your subscription actively each month! Let me know if you have any other questions.