PS Plus Extra and Premium endured a 19% player lull in March 2024

PS Plus Extra and Premium's player count for March 2024 saw a considerable drop in interested PS5 and PS4 players, despite strong showings from headline games.

PS Plus Extra and Premium endured a 19% player lull in March 2024
Lee Brady

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While NBA 2K24 and those Marvel's Midnight Suns trophies saw some considerable attention from PS Plus subscribers, they weren't enough to hold back an overall drop in the PS Plus Extra and Premium player count for March 2024. This latest lull has made March the worst-performing month for the higher PS Plus tiers this year. While this month did deliver some great contenders for our best PS Plus Premium games list, perhaps subscribers were hoping for more heavy-hitters.

PS Plus Extra winners and losers — March 2024

  • Extra and Premium games dropped 19.57% of active players in March 2024
  • PS Plus' higher tiers continue a downward trend after a 46% drop in January 2024
  • Marvel's Midnight Suns was the most popular PS Plus Extra game for March 2024
Using exclusive data from over 3.1 million active PSN accounts (courtesy of GameInsights), we can see just how many PS5 and PS4 players booted up the new PS Plus games for March 2024. Unfortunately, compared to the increased interest we saw with PS Plus Extra's February 2024 player count, March 2024 sees a return to the overall downward trend that January 2024's PS Plus games kicked off.
Compared to the PS Plus Extra and Premium games from the month before, March 2024's PS Plus Extra and Premium player count is down 19.57%. That's 6% lower than January 2024's player count, and it's also the third-worst month we've seen so far for PS Plus Extra and Premium since we started reporting on the subscription service's performance in January 2023.

Conversely, March 2024 actually gave us some of the best-performing PS Plus Extra games of 2024 so far, so it's not all a total loss. NBA 2K24 did the best on our PlayStation Chart thanks to the influx of new PS Plus players. That said, Marvel's Midnight Suns proved to be the bigger hit on PS Plus with roughly 24% more PS Plus Extra subscribers checking it out over NBA 2K. Looks like TrueTrophies Staff Writer Sean's pleas for more people to check out Marvel's Midnight Suns on PS Plus Extra were heard!

Top 5 PS Plus Extra games of 2024 (as of March 2024)
  • #1Need for Speed Unbound (February 2024)
  • #2Marvel’s Midnight Suns (March 2024)
  • #3Tiny Tina's Wonderlands (January 2024)
  • #4Resident Evil 2 (January 2024)
  • #5NBA 2K24 (March 2024)
As you can see in the chart above, March 2024 has brought us two of the top five best-performing PS Plus Extra games of the year so far. Also, Resident Evil 3 is currently perched in the #6 spot, so all-in-all a decent performance from some of March's top games. The month also saw smaller player spikes for Dragon Ball Z Kakarot, LEGO DC Super-Villains, and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle R on PS Plus Premium.
Unfortunately, everything else that hit the service failed to make any real impression with players at all, falling short of our metrics for tracking active PS5 and PS4 player data (we only track the active player data of the top 200 most popular PlayStation games in any given week).

This means day-one PS Plus game Mystic Pillars Remastered's easy platinum trophy failed to intrigue PS5 and PS4 players into checking out the upgraded mobile game. That same lack of interest can be seen with Blood Bowl 3, Super Neptunia RPG, Jak and Daxter The Lost Frontier, Cool Boarders, God Eater Burst, and Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Trilogy.
Here's hoping Sony's subscription scheme can bounce back once more in the coming months, although it might take titles worthy of our best PlayStation Plus games list to intrigue players at this point. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts on PS Plus and why you think it's struggling to keep a steady stream of new players down in the comments below.

Chart compiled using gameplay data from over 3.1 million active PlayStation accounts (not just TrueTrophies accounts). Chart information is copyright GameInsights. Regarding this data:
  • When an account opens a game, this is registered as a game being played. Accounts can only register a game once per week.
  • Our data is good for suggesting general trends — we represent this using percentages, not numbers.
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Shadow x Sonic Generations), one eye on the past (PS Plus Premium games), and his secret third eye on junk he really likes (Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games). Then he uses his big mouth to blurt out long-winded opinions about video games.
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