Update: Speaking with Polygon, Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation Plus program will be pared down to just 2 free PS4 games a month from March 2019. It looks like the gap left by free PS3 and PS Vita titles will not be filled.
Original story: The PlayStation Plus program will not offer free PS3 or PS Vita titles after March 2019, Sony today advised.
“After 8 March 2019, the Monthly Games provided to PlayStation Plus members will no longer include PS3 or PS Vita titles,” Sony wrote in an email to subscribers. “Any PS3 or PS Vita Monthly Games downloaded or previously added to your Download List will remain playable for as long as you remain a PlayStation Plus member.”
While it’s sad, it’s not unexpected — Sony doesn’t offer PS3 backwards compatibility on PS4, so the older catalogue of titles doesn’t benefit PS4 players. Even then, a majority of PlayStation Plus freebie titles support cross-play between systems, so you still may end up playing what amounts to a PS Vita game on your PS4.
Sony has told subscribers to check their own subscriptions to decide if they want to remain in the program. If you’ve a PS4, it’s worth sticking around.