PS Plus Essential games swing for most popular PS5 games in chart

The PlayStation Chart this week has three new PS5 and PS4 games, so of course that means the PS Plus Essential games have arrived with everyone playing them!

PS Plus Essential games swing for most popular PS5 games in chart
Kes Eylers-Stephenson

Kes Eylers-Stephenson


The PS Plus Essential games August 2023 have landed on the PlayStation Chart, with it becoming clear that the latest best PS5 games are being pushed down the top 40 PS5 and PS4 games by live-service titles. The chart is generated by scanning 3.2 million PSN accounts, not just TrueTrophies accounts, and tracking the games they play.

PGA Tour 2K23 is king of the PS Plus games for the month

The top ten is dominated by the same old circuit of live service games like Call of Duty, FIFA, GTA, and Fortnite. Players booting up Diablo IV have helped get Blizzard's latest into fifth with a difference of 5.4% in total player counts between itself and Grand Theft Auto V above it. We are well into the swing of this generation now, so Diablo IV has 12 PS5 players for every PS4 player.
PS Plus Essential makes the biggest impact this week, though. Players swinging for the PGA Tour 2K23 trophies have helped the sports game land in 15th place. Though it's above the other PS Plus game, this isn't the best debut for a PS Plus game this year given Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War's performance, but nor has it really impacted the chart in the way most headline games do. In fact, it's way off the pace from 14th just above it, with 19.9% fewer total players than Fall Guys.

Instead, it could be argued that players collecting Death's Door trophies have had the biggest impact relative to the size of the game as the indie landed in 20th place just behind the high-flying Remnant II in 19th. It's a niche game with a small budget, so to have drawn as many players as it has is really good stuff.
Finally, on the PS Plus train, we have plenty getting stuck into grabbing Dreams trophies. It's not as many as we imagine Media Molecule would have hoped for though given it is a PS4 exclusive by a PlayStation Studio. The game-making game isn't going to be supported after a final patch, but it feels like Dreams would have done with PS Plus a long time ago to help save it. After a series of mistakes — like not having a PC port, lack of level exporting, and poor marketing — have paid dividends and this looks like the final chance the game will ever get at having a substantial player count.

So, that's a list loaded with some of the best PS Plus games. But what do you think of the news? Here are the top 40 most popular PS5 and PS4 games organized into the PlayStation Chart for the week ending Sunday, August 6, 2023.

Top 40 most popular PS5 and PS4 games chart

PositionGamePublisherLast week
1 iconCall of Duty: Modern Warfare IIActivision1
2 iconFortniteEpic Games2
3 iconFIFA 23Electronic Arts3
4 iconGrand Theft Auto VRockstar Games4
5 iconDiablo IVBlizzard Entertainment5
6 iconMinecraft: PlayStation 4 EditionMojang Studios8
7 iconRocket LeaguePsyonix9
8 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarActivision6
9 iconNBA 2K232K Sports7
10 iconOverwatch 2Blizzard Entertainment11
11 iconTom Clancy's Rainbow Six SiegeUbisoft12
12 iconApex LegendsElectronic Arts13
13 iconFINAL FANTASY XVISquare Enix10
14 iconFall GuysEpic Games14
15 iconPGA TOUR 2K232K Sports-
16 iconDestiny 2Bungie16
17 iconDead by DaylightBehaviour Interactive15
18 iconRed Dead Redemption 2Rockstar Games17
19 iconRemnant IIH2 Interactive21
20 iconDeath's DoorDevolver Digital-
21 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops IIIActivision19
22 iconDreamsSony Interactive Entertainment-
23 iconFIFA 22Electronic Arts20
24 iconGran Turismo 7Sony Interactive Entertainment26
25 iconStreet Fighter 6Capcom Entertainment18
26 iconMortal Kombat 11Warner Bros. Games23
27 iconElden RingBandai Namco Entertainment22
28 iconGenshin ImpactCognosphere25
29 iconEA SPORTS UFC 4Electronic Arts24
30 iconBattlefield 2042Electronic Arts28
31 iconMarvel's Spider-Man: Miles MoralesSony Interactive Entertainment27
32 iconIt Takes TwoElectronic Arts29
33 iconGhost of TsushimaSony Interactive Entertainment30
34 iconGod of War RagnarökSony Interactive Entertainment33
35 iconMadden NFL 23Electronic Arts34
36 iconMarvel's Spider-Man RemasteredSony Interactive Entertainment32
37 iconHogwarts LegacyWarner Bros. Games35
38 iconCall of Duty: Modern WarfareActivision37
39 iconBrawlhallaBlue Mammoth Games36
40 iconFar Cry 6Ubisoft39
Chart compiled using gameplay data from over 3.2 million active PlayStation accounts. Chart information is copyright GameInsights.
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation and other gaming news. He writes about PS5 exclusives like The Last of Us and Horizon, PS Plus news, and his favorite games — The Witcher, Assassin’s Creed, and God of War — before an evening swim.
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