A new PS5 report has good news for everybody but PlayStation Plus subscribers on the console. Earlier in the year, we relayed word that the PS5 had CBOMB/CMOS issues that meant if your console’s battery died you would lose all ability to play digital games in a hypothetical future where PSN servers no longer exist. That said, a couple of months ago, this issue was fixed, well PlayStation fans at least thought it was. While Sony did address the issue this year and while it mostly fixed the problem, it’s not completely fixed.
As Does It Play relays over on Twitter, physical PS5 and PS4 games that were having trouble installing to a console with a dead battery are no longer having any issues. This also applies to digital PS4 and PS5 games. It does not apply to PlayStation Plus games, or in other words, games you have on your console through PlayStation Plus.
Now, if you read the fine print of PlayStation Plus, you’ll know you don’t own any of the games you download through it. You basically have extended rentals. This is why if your subscription lapses you lose access to these games. So, it makes sense that PlayStation Plus games wouldn’t work if the service is gone. That said, it’s still not ideal.
Many pay for PlayStation Plus to play games online. However, there are PS4 and PS5 games that pay the fee for the monthly free games. And this is fine, of course. You’re still getting plenty of bang for your buck. However, it’s important to keep in mind that your access to these games is limited.
– The physical PS5 games that were having trouble installing before are now installing and working fine
– PS4 Physical games install and work fine
– PS5 & PS4 Digital games now work with a dead battery
– PS Plus games do not work with a dead battery
— Does it play? (@DoesItPlay1) November 2, 2021
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