Sony's new PlayStation Plus subscriptions are their answer to Xbox Game Pass

New PlayStation Studios games will not be added to the service on day-1

Sony's new PlayStation Plus subscriptions are their answer to Xbox Game Pass

Sony's answer to Xbox Game Pass has been revealed

Today, Sony has updated its PlayStation Plus service to give its users more options. Starting in June, PlayStation plus will become a tiered service, offering gamers on Sony's latest consoles access to Sony's competitor to Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass service, with their highest tier offering access to PlayStation Now game streaming.

PlayStation Plus is now a three-tier service, with the service's baseline "Essential" tier offering gamers the same benefits as Sony's existing PlayStation Plus service. This service tier offers PlayStation users access to online multiplayer, cloud game save storage, exclusive discounts and access to two downloadable games per month. 

PlayStation Plus Extra offers PlayStation users access to the same benefits as the Essentials tier alongside access to a catalogue of up to 400 PlayStation4/5 games. This will include access to PlayStation Studios games, though Sony has noted that its first party games will not be available through this service on launch day. The games that are available through PlayStation Plus Extra will change over time. 

Sony's highest PlayStation Plus subscription tier is their "Premium" their, which offers PlayStation users access to an additional 340 games. This content comes via cloud streaming, and as downloadable titles. Original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP games, and PlayStation 4 games will be playable through PlayStation Now streaming. A catalog of PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PSP games will also be playable directly on PS4 and PS5 systems. Time-limited game trials will also be offers to PlayStation Plus Premium subscribers.

Sony's new PlayStation Plus tiers will become available in Asia this June, followed by North America, Europe and the rest of the world. After PlayStation Plus' tiered subscription model becomes available, PlayStation Now will no longer be available as a standalone service. 

Sony's new PlayStation Plus subscriptions are their answer to Xbox Game Pass

At launch, Sony plans to include games like Death Stranding, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11, and Returnal as part of PlayStation Plus Extra. however, Sony has not committed to releasing new PlayStation Studios games r other exclusives on PlayStation Plus on day-1, unlike Xbox Game Pass.  

Pricing

Below is Sony's planned pricing for their new PlayStation Plus service tiers.  

 MonthlyQuarterlyYearly
PlayStation Plus
Essential
£6.99£19.99£49.99
PlayStation Plus
Extra
£10.99£31.99£83.99
PlayStation Plus
Premium
£13.49£39.99£99.99

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