It is official; Sony gave it away PS Plus Essentials, PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premiuma three-tier subscription service that’s the company’s answer Xbox Game Pass.
The base level of the service, PS Plus essentialscosts $9.99/€8.99/£6.99 per month (or $24.99/€24.99/£19.99 per three months or $59.99/€59.99/€49.99 £ per year) and is practically the same as PS Plus.
The next band – PS Plus extra – includes all the benefits you get with PlayStation Plus, plus a library of 400 PS4 and PS5 games to download to your consoles. Marquee PlayStation games like Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, God of War, Returnal, Mortal Kombat 11 and Death Stranding will be available as part of this tier (similar to PlayStation now, at the moment). It’s worth noting that no Sony games will be added as part of the service on day one – unlike Xbox – and we’re instead adding first-party games to the service sometime after their initial launch windows.
PS Plus Extra costs: $14.99/€13.99/£10.99 per month, $39.99/€39.99/£31.99 for three months or $99.99/€99.99/ £83.99 per year.
Finally there is PS Plus Premium – This tier includes all of the above and also adds classic games from PS1, PS2 and PSP, time-limited trials and PS3/PS4 game streaming. This service costs: $17.99/€16.99/£13.49 per month, $49.99/€49.99/£39.99 for three months, or $119.99/€119.99/99 £.99 per year. Sony does point out that you can download or stream the retro games as part of that plan (thanks, GI.biz).
Apparently we can expect “a catalog of well-loved classic games available in both streaming and download options from the original PlayStation, PS2 and PSP generations”, although no details have been given about them at the time of writing, what they will be. This tier will have approximately 340 more games per PlayStation than the previous tier.
These changes to the current PS Plus setup will take effect from June. “In the June timeframe, we will begin with an initial launch in multiple markets in Asia, followed by North America, Europe and the rest of the world where PlayStation Plus will be offered,” Sony notes. “We aim to have most PlayStation Network territories live by the end of the first half of 2022 with our new PlayStation Plus game subscription service. We also plan to expand our cloud streaming advantage to more markets and will be announcing more details at a later date”.
The service, which appears to be something of a hybrid between PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now, was codenamed Spartacus and has been in the works at Sony for some time – according to recent reports.
Having seen Sony’s trademark Knack earlier this week, can we expect the long-suffering PlayStation mascot to make a reappearance via this service? Stranger things have happened.
Similar to the Xbox template, the service formerly known as Spartacus comes with a monthly fee and players will need to subscribe to the service to continue enjoying the benefits month after month.
Unlike Xbox’s service, however, there are a variety of tiers you can join – slightly more diverse than the regular and Ultimate tiers of Xbox Game Pass.
The pricier tiers allow you to stream games (instead of downloading before playing) and get exclusive access to demos so you can try out big-ticket PlayStation games before they’re officially released.
It makes sense for Sony to launch this now, in 2022: Sony hasn’t had a true competitor for Xbox Game Pass for a while, and while PlayStation Plus has 48 million subscribers (as of December 2021), its PlayStation has Now service just 3.2 million – rebranding and relaunching the subscription service this way is certainly a good game and may even hurt Xbox Game Pass’s 25 million strong user base (as of January 2022).
https://www.vg247.com/sony-announces-ps-essentials-essentials-premium-game-pass The new top tier of PlayStation Plus will set you back $119.99 a year