Sony has finally revealed its Xbox Game Pass competitor, an ‘all-new PlayStation Plus’ that brings together the existing PS Plus and PS Now into a three-tier subscription service that includes up to 700 games and access to retro games at the top tier. It will open for some markets in June and roll out worldwide regionally after that.
After months of reports, and even longer being speculated about, Sony finally revealed the new service today, which is likely a response to Xbox’s wildly popular Game Pass service. It consists of three tiers, PlayStation Plus Essential, PlayStation Plus Extra, and PlayStation Plus Premium.
At its top tier, the new PS Plus will offer more than 700 games for streaming or download (including streaming on PC), and the library will be “regularly refreshed”. The service will launch with the likes of Death Stranding, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11, and Returnal.
The new service will roll out regionally, beginning in “several markets in Asia” in June, followed by North America, Europe and the rest of the world. No specific dates have been offered as yet.
PlayStation Plus Essential
Essential is the same PlayStation Plus service that currently exists, with no changes to pricing. It includes Two monthly downloadable games, discounts, saved game cloud storage, and access to online multiplayer for most games.
PlayStation Plus Extra
The Extra tier includes all Essential benefits, and adds a catalog of around 400 PS4 and PS5 games that can be downloaded at any time. It includes first-party and third-party games (although earlier reports have said that exclusives will not launch into the catalog).
In the US, it will cost $14.99 monthly / $39.99 quarterly / $99.99 yearly, and in the UK it will cost £10.99 monthly / £31.99 quarterly / £83.99 yearly.
PlayStation Plus Premium
Premium includes all the Essential and Extra benefits as well, and adds 340 extra games for download, including streaming PS3 games, and PS1, PS2 and PSP games for streaming and download. Streaming can be carried out on PS4, PS5, and PC. Premium members will also receive time-limited trials of some games.
In the US, it will cost $17.99 monthly / $49.99 quarterly / $119.99 yearly, and in the UK it will cost £13.49 monthly / £39.99 quarterly / £99.99 yearly .
Xbox Game Pass has arguably been one of the most important decisions Microsoft has made about its gaming business in recent years, offering a rotating selection of games (including first-party titles on launch day) as part of a subscription, and tying in Cloud Gaming and other perks at the more expensive Ultimate tier. It’s been an enormously popular move, and Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer previously called a PlayStation response to Game Pass an “inevitability”.
Source: IGN Video Games All