Sony today announces new versions of its PlayStation Plus subscriptions, its long-rumored answer to Xbox Game Pass. PlayStation Plus is now a combination of Sony’s two current subscription services, PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now. Two new PlayStation Plus subscription options will include access to multiplayer games along with a catalog of select PlayStation games to install or stream.
These new levels will begin to be available in June in Asia, followed by North America, Europe and the rest of the world. As part of the launch, PlayStation Now will no longer be available as a standalone service.
PlayStation Plus Essential is priced at $9.99 per month and will include the same PlayStation Plus benefits that exist today with online multiplayer access, two monthly downloadable games, discounts and cloud storage for game saves. This level of PlayStation Plus will remain the same and at the same price.
PlayStation Plus Extra is a new level that includes all the benefits of Essential and adds up to 400 PS4 or PS5 games. The games in this bonus tier are also downloadable and will be priced at $14.99 per month. The third tier is PlayStation Plus Premium, priced at $17.99 per month.
The Premium option includes the same benefits in Essential and Extra, along with an additional 340 games, including select PS3 titles via cloud streaming. There will be a catalog of classic games available both for streaming and download, including original PlayStation, PS2 and PSP games. Limited-time game trials will also be offered at this Premium tier, so PlayStation owners can try games before they buy.
- PlayStation Plus Essential – includes multiplayer access, two monthly downloadable games, discounts and cloud storage to save games. Priced at $9.99 per month, or $59.99 per year.
- More from PlayStation Plus – includes everything in Plus Essential and access to a catalog of up to 400 PS4 or PS5 games. Priced at $14.99 per month, or $99.99 per year.
- PlayStation Plus Premium – includes all the benefits of Essential and Extra, with an additional 340 games including streamable PS3 titles and some original PlayStation, PS2 and PSP games. Limited time play trials also available. Priced at $17.99 per month, or $119.99 per year.
“The new Extra and Premium levels represent a great evolution for PlayStation Plus”, says PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan. “With these tiers, our key focus is to ensure that the hundreds of games we offer include the highest quality content that sets us apart.”
At launch, Sony plans to include games like death stranding, God of War, marvel spider man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, mortal kombat 11and Return. However, Sony is not promising to make all of its upcoming PlayStation exclusive games available on launch day through this subscription service.
That’s what has made Xbox Game Pass such an attractive option for Xbox gamers, along with the impressive back catalog that allows the latest Xbox Series S/X consoles to natively run original Xbox games alongside Xbox 360 titles. and Xbox One.
Still, the combination of Sony’s PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now offers more options for how to play classic and new PlayStation games, without having to subscribe to a separate streaming service. It may not be a true competitor to Game Pass, but it’s certainly a huge upgrade for PlayStation owners.