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PlayStation Plus: Sony’s New Subscription Options to Compete With Xbox Game Pass

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Sony today announced new versions of its PlayStation Plus subscriptions, the long-awaited answer to Xbox Game Pass. PlayStation Plus is now a combination of Sony’s two current subscription services, PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now. Two new PlayStation Plus subscription options include access to multiplayer gaming alongside a catalog of select PlayStation games to install or stream.

These new levels will be available in Asia in June, followed by North America, Europe and the rest of the world. As part of the launch, PlayStation Now will no longer be available as a standalone service.

PlayStation Plus Essential costs $9.99 per month and includes the same PlayStation Plus benefits as today with online multiplayer access, two monthly downloadable games, discounts and cloud storage for saved games. This level of PlayStation Plus basically remains the same and at the same price.

PlayStation Now is going away.
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PlayStation Plus Extra is a new level with all the essential benefits and up to 400 PS4 or PS5 games. Games in this Extra tier are also available for download and cost $14.99 per month. The third tier is PlayStation Plus Premium, priced at $17.99 per month.

The Premium option offers the same benefits in Essential and Extra, in addition to 340 additional games, including select PS3 titles via cloud streaming. A catalog of classic games will be available in both streaming and download options, including original PlayStation, PS2, and PSP games. Time-limited trials are also offered in this Premium tier, allowing PlayStation owners to try games before purchasing them.

  • PlayStation Plus Essential – Includes multiplayer access, two monthly downloadable games, discounts and cloud storage for game saving. Priced at $9.99 per month, or $59.99 per 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 per year.
  • PlayStation Plus Premium – Includes all the benefits of Essential and Extra, with 340 additional games, including streaming PS3 titles and some original PlayStation, PS2, and PSP games. Timed game trials are also available. Priced at $17.99 per month, or $119.99 per year.

“The new Extra and Premium tiers represent an important evolution for PlayStation Plus”, says PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan† “With these levels, our main focus is to ensure that the hundreds of games we offer contain the best quality content that sets us apart.”

At launch, Sony plans to release games like Death Strandinggod of warMarvel’s Spider-ManMarvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesMortal Kombat 11and Return. However, Sony is not promising to make all of its upcoming PlayStation exclusive games available through this subscription service on launch day.

That’s what has made Xbox Game Pass a compelling option for Xbox gamers, in addition to its impressive back catalog that allows the latest Xbox Series S/X consoles to natively run original Xbox games alongside titles for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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