Alongside today’s announcement of the PlayStation Plus March lineup, a PlayStation Blog post revealed that, starting March 8, 2019, there will be no more free PS3 or Vita games available to subscribers.
The announcement may be disappointing to some, but was also hard not to see coming. Free PlayStation 3 games have been made available on a monthly basis since June 2010, and will cap off a nearly nine year run when they are retired in March. The PlayStation 4, which celebrates its fifth birthday this year, has had more than enough time to build its player base to a point where Sony can justify cutting free games on PS3. The Vita, meanwhile, has been on life support for a while. While free game support is ending, this is not the complete end of PS+ benefits for PS3 and PS Vita owners; game saves and previously claimed free PS+ games will still be available as long as the subscription is active.