Sony plans to launch its new PlayStation Plus package in the Americas on June 13th. However, except in Japan, users in the Asian markets will get a taste earlier as the service will launch in the region on May 3rd. Japan will follow on June 1st. Europe is set to come last, with a launch on June 22nd.
The popular console maker revealed the new tiers last month. They offer perks like many games to download, install, and play. You can also stream your game, which means you do not need to download or install them.
The new PlayStation Plus also offers classic games from the PS2 and PS3 eras. You can also access PSP games. However, playing the retro games requires subscribing to the most expensive tier.
When PlayStation Plus was announced, Sony said the package would be available first in Asia in the June timeframe.
Sony has had to respond to Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass offering, which continues to grow as more subscribers join.
The various plans under PlayStation Plus are shown below:
- PlayStation Plus Essential — includes multiplayer access, two monthly downloadable games, discounts, and cloud storage for game saves. Priced at $9.99 per month or $59.99 a year.
- PlayStation Plus Extra — 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 a year.
- PlayStation Plus Premium — includes all benefits from Essential and Extra, with an extra 340 games that include PS3 titles that can be streamed and some original PlayStation, PS2, and PSP games. Time-limited game trials are also available. Priced at $17.99 per month or $119.99 a year.
Meanwhile, with the launch of PlayStation Plus, Sony will discontinue PlayStation Now. The latter offers users a way to play PS4, PS3, and PS2 games that can be installed or streamed on PS5 and PS4 consoles or PCs.
Sony says at launch, it 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. We’re working closely with our 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. More details to come on the games we’ll have on our new PlayStation Plus service.”
The president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan, wrote, “Building upon more than 25 years of expertise in gaming innovation, this change to our subscription services highlights our continued efforts to evolve our network services business to match our customer’s preferences. With the all-new PlayStation Plus, we’re focused on delivering a compelling game subscription service with curated content from our exclusive PlayStation Studios team and our third-party partners. The newly enhanced PlayStation Plus will enable our fans to discover and engage with more content than ever before, and deepen their connection with the PlayStation community through shared experiences.”