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Sony unveils new PlayStation Plus to compete with Xbox Game Pass

PlayStation has announced a refresh of its PlayStation Plus service, transforming it into a proper competitor to Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass and Nintendo Switch Online.

Sony’s incursion into subscription gaming sees the combination of two different services; PlayStation Now which was meant to offer game streaming, and PlayStation Plus, which gave users access to online multiplayer games and some downloaded titles for a monthly fee. It is not surprising that Sony is overriding the latter as gamers have complained about the lack of appeal of the games available, unlike what Xbox offered from day one with Xbox Game Pass.

With the two services combined, Sony offers three membership tiers:

PlayStation Plus Essential

Provides the same benefits that PlayStation Plus members are getting today, such as:

  • Two monthly downloadable games
  • Exclusive discounts
  • Cloud storage for saved games
  • Online multiplayer access

There are no changes for existing PlayStation Plus members in this tier.

Price for PlayStation Plus Essential remains the same as the current price for PlayStation Plus.

  • United States: $9.99 monthly / $24.99 quarterly / $59.99 yearly
  • Europe: €8.99 monthly / €24.99 quarterly / €59.99 yearly
  • United Kingdom: £6.99 monthly / £19.99 quarterly / £49.99 yearly 
  • Japan: ¥850 monthly / ¥2,150 quarterly / ¥5,143 yearly

PlayStation Plus Extra

Provides all the benefits from the Essential tier

Adds a catalog of up to 400 of the most enjoyable PS4 and PS5 games – including blockbuster hits from our PlayStation Studios catalog and third-party partners. Games in the Extra tier are downloadable for play.

Price:

  • United States: $14.99 monthly / $39.99 quarterly / $99.99 yearly
  • Europe: €13.99 monthly / €39.99 quarterly / €99.99 yearly
  • United Kingdom: £10.99 monthly / £31.99 quarterly / £83.99 yearly 
  • Japan: ¥1,300 monthly / ¥3,600 quarterly / ¥8,600 yearly

PlayStation Plus Premium

  • Provides all the benefits from Essential and Extra tiers
  • Adds up to 340* additional games, including PS3 games available via cloud streaming, a catalog of beloved classic games available in both streaming and download options from the original PlayStation, PS2, and PSP generations 
  • Offers 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 using PS4 and PS5 consoles, and PC
  • Time-limited game trials will also be offered in this tier, so customers can try select games before they buy.

Price

  • United States: $17.99 monthly / $49.99 quarterly / $119.99 yearly
  • Europe: €16.99 monthly / €49.99 quarterly / €119.99 yearly
  • United Kingdom: £13.49 monthly / £39.99 quarterly / £99.99 yearly 
  • Japan: ¥1,550 – monthly / ¥4,300 – quarterly / ¥10,250 yearly
  • PlayStation Plus Deluxe (Select Markets) For markets without cloud streaming, PlayStation Plus Deluxe will be offered at a lower price compared to Premium, and includes a catalog of beloved classic games from the original PlayStation, PS2 and PSP generations to download and play, along with time-limited game trials. Benefits from Essential and Extra tiers are also included. Local pricing will vary by market.

Sony is rolling out the service in regional phases, starting with markets in Asia, followed by North America, Europe, and the rest of the world. The company hopes to cover all its market before the end of the first half of 2022.

However, Sony has said the new PlayStation Plus would not offer its first-party games at launch.

Written by HackerVibes

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