Sony has officially announced the rebranding of its PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 subscription services, combining PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now into one package.
Code name under Spartacus, reports of the new service have been circulating for a few months now – and it seems to be exactly what we expected. Even more interestingly, users will have access to a library of over 700 games – such as God of War, Death Stranding, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11 and Returnal – including the ability to play a selection of classic PS3, PS2, PSP and PS1 titles.
The new offerings will be split into three tiers: PlayStation Plus Essential, PlayStation Plus Extra, and PlayStation Plus Premium. It will first be rolled out in several markets across Asia before arriving soon after in North America, Europe and the rest of the world. The aim is for the new PlayStation Plus games subscription service to be available everywhere by the end of the first half of 2022.
Details of the new PlayStation Plus service from the Official PS Blog can be found below along with pricing for the US, Europe and UK:
PlayStation Plus Essential
- Two monthly downloadable games
- Exclusive discounts
- Cloud storage for saved games
- Online multiplayer access
- US – $9.99 per month / $24.99 every three months / $59.99 per year
- Europe – €8.99 per month / €24.99 every three months / €59.99 per year
- UK – £6.99 per month / £19.99 every three months / £49.99 per year
- Provides all Essential tier benefits
- 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. Extra tier games are downloadable to play.
- US – $14.99 per month / $39.99 every three months / $99.99 per year
- Europe – €13.99 per month / €39.99 every three months / €99.99 per year
- UK – £10.99 per month / £31.99 every three months / £83.99 per year
PlayStation Plus Premium
- Provides all Essential and Extra tier benefits
- Adds up to 340* additional games, including PS3 games available through cloud streaming and a catalog of beloved classic games available through original PlayStation, PS2, and PSP generation streaming and download options
- Provides cloud streaming access for original PlayStation, PS2, PSP and PS4 games offered in 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 out certain games before purchasing.
- US – $17.99 per month / $49.99 every three months / $119.99 per year
- Europe – €16.99 per month / €49.99 every three months / €119.99 per year
- UK – £13.49 per month / £39.99 every three months / £99.99 per year
To note: PlayStation Plus Deluxe will also be available in select markets at a lower price for those who don’t have cloud streaming capability but still want access to PlayStation Plus Premium.
“The new Extra and Premium tiers represent a major evolution for PlayStation Plus. With these tiers, our main objective is to ensure that the hundreds of games we offer will include the highest quality content that sets us apart,” said the chairman and director of Sony Interactive Entertainment. CEO Jim Ryan.
“We’re working closely with our imaginative developers at PlayStation Studios and third-party partners to include some of the best gaming experiences available with a library that will be refreshed regularly. More details to come on the games we’ll have on our new PlayStation service. More,” he continued.
“When the new PlayStation Plus service launches, PlayStation Now will transition to the new PlayStation Plus offering and will no longer be available as a standalone service. PlayStation Now customers will migrate to PlayStation Plus Premium with no increase to their current subscription fees at launch.”
After months of speculation, which began with Sony pulling PS Now cards from retailers, it’s great to finally see the news become official. Was this what fans of Microsoft’s competitors were waiting for? Or without launching day-to-day first-party titles with the service like Xbox Game Pass, is that still not enough? The decision, as always, is with you and your wallet.
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