Announced in the month of June, this new formula, of course, retains the PlayStation Plus name players have known for 12 years. As a direct consequence, the PlayStation Now subscription as an independent service is indeed destined for extinction, but PlayStation Now subscribers have nothing to worry about, as they will automatically and at no additional cost upgrade to a PlayStation Plus Premium subscription. The rollout of this new PlayStation Plus will be phased in, starting in Asia, then North America, Europe, and finally other countries where PlayStation Plus is available.
PlayStation Plus basics
This is the equivalent of the current PlayStation Plus subscription with the same price: €8.99 for one month, €24.99 for three months and €59.99 for a year.
- Two downloadable games every month
- Exclusive Discounts
- Cloud storage for game saves
- Access to online multiplayer
PlayStation Plus Extra
Undoubtedly the one SIE relies on the most, this tier gives you access to a catalog of approximately 400 PS4 and PS5 games to download with new titles added regularly. Some of the titles included in this catalog at launch include Death Stranding, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11, and Returnal, but we can hope for a more comprehensive list here in June . launch. Its price is €13.99 for one month, €39.99 for three months and €99.99 for a year.
- Provides all the benefits of the Essential level
- Also offers a catalog of approximately 400 PS4 and PS5 games, including games from the PlayStation Studios catalog. Additional level games can be downloaded for offline access.
PlayStation Plus Premium
Again, the information from Jason Schreier and Jeff Grubb was good. In addition to limited-time trials that allow you to test certain games before purchasing, the Premium tier adds PS3 games that you can stream, as well as a catalog of PlayStation, PS2, and PSP games that you can stream or download. For this all-inclusive menu, calculate €16.99 for one month, €49.99 for three months and €119.99 for a year. The good news for PlayStation Now subscribers is that they will automatically upgrade to PlayStation Plus Premium at no additional cost.
- Provides all the benefits of the Essential and Extra levels.
- Offers approximately 340 additional games, including PS3 games available via cloud streaming and a catalog of classic games available for streaming or download among PlayStation, PS2 and PSP games.
- Cloud streaming access to PlayStation, PS2, PSP and PS4 Extra and Premium games in markets where PlayStation Now is currently offered. Players can stream to PS4 and PS5 consoles as well as PC.
- This tier will also offer limited-time trials, details to be announced.
“Things can change very quickly in this sector”
For markets where cloud streaming is not available, another plan called PlayStation Plus Deluxe will be offered at a lower price than the Premium tier. Including Essential and Extra tier benefits, this offer will offer a catalog of classic PlayStation, PS2 and PSP games for download, as well as limited-time trial games. “We also plan to expand the cloud streaming advantage to other markets.“, can we also read knowing that PlayStation Now is currently available in the following countries: US, Canada, Japan, UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Portugal , Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden.
“We have combined the number of subscribers, which now exceeds 50 million, and we are happy with it. This is a good number. But we do believe that we can better provide these services to our players and subscribers. For example, 75% of those who subscribe to PlayStation Now are also PlayStation Plus subscribers. We believe that we need to do better for these people. And this is just one example.“, commented Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, in a prepared interview with the Games Industry website.
The leader clearly had the right to question the integration of his own games from the day they were released into the subscription, a revolution initiated by Microsoft and its Game Pass. And the answer remains negative, although more open. For Ryan: Integrating Big Home Productions into a Subscription”break the virtuous cycle“and can affect”the level of investment we need in our studiosto the point where it affects the quality of the games. In doing so, the CEO is aware that the truth of one day is not necessarily the truth of the next day, proof of this is the release of prestigious PC exclusives.
“Now the world is changing so fast that nothing lasts forever. Who would have thought just four years ago that PlayStation’s AAA games would be released on PC? Last year we started with Horizon Zero Dawn, then Days Gone, and now God of War, an extremely polished and polished PC version of this game. We had a lot of critical acclaim and a big commercial success and everyone agrees with this development and perfectly adapt to it. I look back four years and think no one would have foreseen this.“, he admits.
“So I don’t want to state anything at the moment. All I’m talking about today is the approach we’re going to take in the short term. Compared to how our editing model currently works, this doesn’t make sense. But as we all know, things can change very quickly in this industry.“