Sony has revealed its new PlayStation subscription service – a revamped, relaunched version of PlayStation Plus – which could become a strong rival to Xbox Game Pass if it succeeds.
Although the project’s internal codename, Spartacus, had been flying around the web for months, it seems that Sony is opting to keep the PlayStation Plus branding rather than going with a new name for this service.
Due to launch in June, the retooled PlayStation Plus will bring together features from PS Now and the original PS Plus, as well as some new perks that have not been offered on PS4 and PS5 before. There will be multiple tiers, each with a different price, for players to choose between.
So, what do we know about Sony’s new subscription service? Will it be a true rival to Xbox Game Pass? Keep on reading to find out everything we know at this stage.
What will you get with the new PlayStation Plus?
Just as games-industry journalist Jason Schreier had reported in Bloomberg prior to the official announcement from Sony, this new version of PlayStation Plus will offer a number of different tiers — depending on which one you choose, the features you get will be different.
Now that all has been revealed by the official PlayStation Blog, we know that those third parties will be PlayStation Plus Essential, PlayStation Plus Extra and PlayStation Plus Premium. Some regions will also get PlayStation Plus Deluxe. Their features will be…
PlayStation Plus Essential: subscribers get two monthly downloadable games, exclusive discounts, cloud storage for saved games, and online multiplayer access. (This tier is essentially the original version of PS Plus.)
PlayStation Plus Extra: all of the above, plus a catalog of “up to 400 of the most enjoyable PS4 and PS5 games” to download and play.
PlayStation Plus Premium: all of the above, and 340 additional games from PS3, PS2, PS1 and PSP, plus cloud-streaming access to supported games on PS4, PS5 and PC. And you’ll get “time-limited game trials” that will allow you to demo “select games”.
PlayStation Plus Deluxe: in countries where cloud-streaming is not supported, this tier will get you all the Essential and Extra features, as well as “a catalog of beloved classic games from the original PlayStation, PS2 and PSP generations to download and play, along with time- limited game trials”.
However, one thing you should not expect is for big new exclusive PlayStation games to be available in full on any of these tiers. This is one major difference between PS Plus and Xbox Game Pass, the latter of which Microsoft keeps topped up with the biggest Xbox exclusive games as soon as they come out.
For example, you’ll still have to buy the likes of God of War Ragnarök separately if you want to play them on day one of their release, although you might get a time-limited trial/demo on PlayStation Plus Premium or PlayStation Plus Deluxe .
How much will the new PlayStation Plus cost?
Sony has confirmed the following UK pricing for the third party PS Plus we’ve just described:
- PlayStation Plus Essential: £6.99 monthly / £19.99 quarterly / £49.99 yearly
- PlayStation Plus Extra: £10.99 monthly / £31.99 quarterly / £83.99 yearly
- PlayStation Plus Premium: £13.49 monthly / £39.99 quarterly / £99.99 yearly
- PlayStation Plus Deluxe: TBC, but less than Premium.
When will the new PlayStation Plus release?
The new PS Plus release date will occur in June 2022. The exact date is yet to be confirmed and it will vary by region.
Sony said in its blog, “we’re rolling out the new PlayStation Plus offering in a phased regional approach.
“In the June timeframe, we’ll begin with an initial launch in several markets in Asia, followed by North America, Europe and the rest of the world where PlayStation Plus is offered.
We aim to have most PlayStation Network territories live with our new PlayStation Plus game subscription service by the end of the first half of 2022.”
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