Sony is working on relaunching PlayStation Plus to take on Xbox Game Pass. As per the company, both PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now will be combined to create three membership tiers available globally namely PlayStation Plus Essential, Extra and Premium. Read on to know more.
PlayStation Plus, Sony’s gaming subscription service is being refreshed and will be launching in June. According to Sony combining PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now in an all-new PlayStation Plus subscription service, giving customers more options across three membership tiers around the world. This will provide high-quality, curated content with a diverse portfolio of games and three membership tiers will be offered across the globe.
According to the firm, PlayStation Now will be folded into the new PlayStation Plus service when it launches, and it will no longer be available as a standalone service. Customers who are currently subscribed to PlayStation Now will be migrated to PlayStation Plus Premium at no cost to them when the service launches.
The entry-level tier PlayStation Plus Essential has the same price as well as benefits as the existing PS Plus subscription. It will include 2 monthly downloadable games, exclusive discounts, cloud storage for saved games and online multiplayer access. Also the price of PlayStation Plus Essential is the same as the current Plus price.
PlayStation Plus Essential Price
$9.99 monthly / $24.99 quarterly / $59.99 yearly
€8.99 monthly / €24.99 quarterly / €59.99 yearly
£6.99 monthly / £19.99 quarterly / £49.99 yearly
¥850 monthly / ¥2,150 quarterly / ¥5,143 yearly
On the other hand PlayStation Plus Extra will include all the benefits from the Essential tier. Adds a library of up to 400 of the best PS4 and PS5 games, including blockbuster hits from PlayStation Studios and third-party partners. The Extra tier includes games that can be downloaded and played.
PlayStation Plus Extra Price
$14.99 monthly / $39.99 quarterly / $99.99 yearly
€13.99 monthly / €39.99 quarterly / €99.99 yearly
£10.99 monthly / £31.99 quarterly / £83.99 yearly
¥1,300 monthly / ¥3,600 quarterly / ¥8,600 yearly
PlayStation Plus Premium provides all the benefits from Essential and Extra tiers and adds up to 340 additional games including PS3 games available via cloud streaming. From the original PlayStation, PS2, and PSP generations, a catalogue of beloved classic games is available in both streaming and download formats. There will be cloud streaming access for original PlayStation, PS2, PSP and PS4 games offered in the Extra and Premium tiers in markets where PlayStation Now is currently available. Customers can stream games on their PS4 and PS5 consoles, as well as their PCs. The consumers will also be able to try out games in this tier for a limited time before purchasing them.
PlayStation Plus Premium Price
$17.99 monthly / $49.99 quarterly / $119.99 yearly
€16.99 monthly / €49.99 quarterly / €119.99 yearly
£13.49 monthly / £39.99 quarterly / £99.99 yearly
¥1,550 – monthly / ¥4,300 – quarterly / ¥10,250 yearly
At launch, Sony plans to include titles such as Death Stranding, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11, and Returnal. It is also said to be working with imaginative developers from PlayStation Studios and third-party partners to include some of the best gaming experiences available with a library that will be regularly refreshed.
Because this is such a large launch, Sony will roll out the new PlayStation Plus service in phases across the country. It will start with an initial launch in several Asian markets in June, followed by North America, Europe, and the rest of the world where PlayStation Plus is available. By the end of the first half of 2022, it hopes to have most PlayStation Network territories up and running with its new PlayStation Plus game subscription service. The company also intends to expand its cloud streaming service to new markets and will provide more information at a later time.
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