PS Plus January 2024 winners and losers — monthly rules, Extra drools

Using exclusive PS5 and PS4 player data, we can see which PS Plus games saw playtime this month — here are the PS Plus January 2024 winners and losers.

PS Plus January 2024 winners and losers — monthly rules, Extra drools
Lee Brady

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With all of the PlayStation Plus January 2024 games available for PS5 and PS4 owners to download and play, our exclusive data reveals which PS Plus games have been popular and which haven't. This list of PS Plus January 2024 winners and losers breaks it all down, from the best PlayStation Plus games available right now to the titles that have gone largely overlooked.

PS Plus games for January 2024 see mixed results

  • PS Plus Essential 2024 games see strong player attention in January
  • Essential games gain 3% more active players compared to December 2023
  • Extra and Premium games dropped 46% of active players compared to last month
Using exclusive data from over 3.2 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 January 2024. One thing is readily apparent right off the bat: January 2024 was a good month for PS Plus Essential subscribers.
With a fairly popular line-up of A Plague Tale Requiem, Evil West, and Nobody Saves the World, the PS Plus Essential games for January 2024 all performed rather well with subscribers. January 2024's monthly PS Plus games saw 3.9% more attention than December 2023's selection of games, which is quite the feat considering one of those December games was the ever-popular Powerwash Simulator.

The three PS Plus games for January 2024 also saw 11.26% more PS5 and PS4 player attention than January 2023's selection of games — another powerful feat considering one of those games was Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order. That said, last January also had Fallout 76 and Axiom Verge 2, two of the least popular PS Plus games of 2023.

Top PS Plus Essential games of January 2023
  • #1Evil West
  • #2Nobody Saves the World
  • #3A Plague Tale: Requiem
Unfortunately, the rousing success of PS Plus Essential in January 2024 could not be matched by PS Plus Extra and Premium. Compared to December 2023's selection of PS Plus Extra games, January 2024's games saw a 46.64% drop in PS5 and PS4 player attention. In fairness, as big as Resident Evil 2 and Tiny Tina Wonderlands are, December 2023 brought Grand Theft Auto V to PS Plus Extra. Something of a conversation-ender, that one.
That said, the PS Plus Extra games for January 2024 also saw 36.91% less active player attention than January 2023's selection of games. The headliners from that month were Back 4 Blood, Devil May Cry 5, and Dragon Ball FighterZ — big games, sure, but certainly none as big as a GTA V. As it turns out, there was just more demand from players for Back 4 Blood and DMC5 than there was for RE2 and Wonderlands. Who would've thought?

Lee

PS Plus January 2024 winners — Essential games and Tiny Tina

  • All three PS Plus Essential games for January 2024 made strong debuts
  • Tiny Tina's Wonderlands was the biggest PS Plus Extra game of January 2024
  • PS Plus Premium saw a rare hit with Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection
In terms of this month's winners, it's safe to say that all three games in January 2024's PS Plus Essential lineup made a strong impression. Evil West's PS Plus debut was by far the strongest of the three, towering over the weakest debut, A Plague Tale Requiem, with a 62.5% difference in player count.

That said, you need only look at the knock-on effect Requiem had on A Plague Tale Innocence's player count to know that the game certainly made its own impression.
As for PS Plus Extra's January 2024 winners, Tiny Tina's Wonderlands came out on top with over 20% more players showing up for the Borderlands spin-off than Resident Evil 2's PS Plus debut. Still, it was mostly RE2 and Wonderlands doing the heavy lifting for this month, with skating sim Session and kids' game Lego City Undercover also seeing decent attention in third and fourth place.

Top 5 PS Plus Extra games of January 2023
  • #1Tiny Tina's Wonderlands
  • #2Resident Evil 2
  • #3Session
  • #4Lego City Undercover
  • #5Surviving the Aftermath
Let's also give it up for Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection which, unlike most PS Plus Premium games, actually saw enough active PS5 and PS4 players to qualify for our data sample!

By and large, PS Plus Premium games tend not to get played enough to make the top 200 most popular games of any given week, and so they fail to qualify for our data tracking. Only seven Premium games managed to qualify in tracking in 2023, and Street Fighter is the only one to do so thus far in 2024. So, kudos to Street Fighter for making the cut!

Lee

PS Plus January 2024 losers — Premium and Extra limp on

  • Mana series goes largely ignored on PS Plus Premium
  • Hardspace Shipbreaker and Vampire the Masquerade Swansong see few PS Plus players
  • Just Cause 3 and Shadow Tactics go ignored on PS Plus Extra
Yet, while Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection marks the rare PS Plus Premium success, January 2024 brings us another batch of PS Plus Premium games getting roundly ignored. This, tragically, includes Secret of Mana on PS Plus Premium. That's a game that is definitely worthy of your time but seems to have flown under the radar for most players.
The same lack of attention was felt by both Premium games Legend of Mana and Rally Cross. Plus, while we don't have any data for it due to its lack of trophies, I think we can say soundly that having no trophies makes this Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace's PS Plus Premium release a loser by default.

As for PS Plus Extra, the genuinely excellent Hardspace Shipbreaker failed to lure many PS5 players into giving its space laborer gameplay a shot, which is a shame. Vampire the Masquerade Swansong similarly failed to generate much of a crowd despite TrueTrophies Staff Writer Sean's insistence that it's better than people say it is.
Finally, a lack of attention for Just Cause 3 and Shadow Tactics Blades of the Shogun means we have no data for either of these titles. Seeing as January 2023 brought Just Cause 4 to PS Plus Extra, it's hard to imagine many players were interested in going back and trying out one of the earlier titles — even if people generally prefer Just Cause 3.

That's it for this month's PS Plus winners and losers! Were you one of the many players who forgot to check out Secret of Mana this month despite it being one of the best PS Plus Premium games on the service? Did any games surprise you with their PS Plus performance? Let us know down in the comments below!
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Astro Bot), one eye on the past (PS1, PS2, and PS3 games), and his secret third eye on junk he really likes (Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Sonic). A PlayStation fan for over 25 years, he loves replaying classic games via PS Plus.
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