PlayStation Plus, Game Pass: our comparison to see better

business news PlayStation Plus, Game Pass: our comparison to see better

Ex-Spartacus brandishing a weapon. With the new PlayStation Plus formulas unveiled yesterday, Sony is looking to rely on its 48 million PS Plus subscribers to highlight the features of PlayStation Now. By combining its two services and multiplying its price offerings, the Japanese company hopes to attract a significant number of players. With everything that’s been announced, it’s easy to get lost between what PlayStation Plus does and what Game Pass does. That’s why we compare subscriptions by major categories: price, number of games, availability of new games, retro apps, and streaming.

Rates

In France, the PlayStation Plus offer is divided into 3 formulas.. Each formula has its own set of advantages and requires its own financial investment. Indeed, at the end of June 2022, users will be able to choose the Essential option (PS Plus known to us with two games included every month and the ability to play online), Extra (Essential Plus access benefits). to a catalog of 400 software for PS4 and PS5) and Premium (Essential and Extra add-ons, with the ability to play on PSOne, PS2, PS3, PSP and access the latest releases for a limited time).

PlayStation Plus offer Price 1 month Price 3 months Price 12 months
Essential €8.99 €24.99 (€8.33 per month) 59.99 euros (about 5 euros per month)
Additional €13.99 €39.99 (€13.33 per month) 99.99 euros (about 8 euros per month)
Premium €16.99 49.99 euros (about 16 euros per month) 119.99 euros (about 10 euros per month)
Xbox offer Price 1 month Price 3 months Price 12 months
living gold €6.99 €19.99 (€6.66 per month) €59.99 (about €5 per month) (excluded from online sales)
Game Pass console or PC €9.99 €29.97 (€9.99 per month) €119.88 (€9.99 per month)
Ultimate Game Pass €12.99 €38.97 (€12.99 per month) €155.88 (€12.99 per month)

As a reminder, Game Pass Ultimate includes the Game Pass console (€9.99 per month), Game Pass for PC (€9.99 per month) and Xbox Live Gold (€6.99 per month) for €12.99 per month. month. Important clarification: A Game Pass console subscriber who does not have the Ultimate formula must subscribe to Xbox Live Gold in order to play online (excluding free play).

PlayStation Plus, Game Pass: our comparison to see better

What to keep in mind about the pricing being charged by Sony and Microsoft is that the Japanese giant is offering declining prices based on the length of the commitment, which the American giant doesn’t do with Game Pass (console, PC, or Ultimate).. This is why the annual PlayStation Plus Premium (€119.99) is cheaper than the annual Game Pass Ultimate (€155.88).

Number of games

The number of games that subscribers of various services will have access to varies according to formulas. Summing up, we can say that the more expensive it is, the more titles in the catalog that can be (re)opened.

PlayStation Plus
Additional 400 games for PS4 and PS5
Premium 740 games (400 PS4 and PS5 games + 340 PSOne, PS2, PS3, PSP games)
Game pass
a computer About 330 games
Prefix About 300 games
Final About 360 games

PlayStation Plus Essential subscribers can get 2 games.offered” per month compared to 4 Xbox Live Gold subscribers (2 One apps + 2,360 apps).

PlayStation Plus, Game Pass: our comparison to see better

Availability of new games

Sony explained that the new PlayStation exclusives will not be available in the first day, regardless of the purchased PlayStation Plus plan. Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, explained to us that if the first games appear on PS Plus as soon as they are released, it will break “virtuous circle” and reduce the quality of projects. However, the Japanese firm will be offering trial versions of the latest releases so players can try out games before purchasing them.

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From Microsoft’s side, it’s the other way around. First batch and Bethesda products arrive on D-Day on Game Pass. This means that Halo, Forza Horizon, Starfield, Fable and other Dooms are available for download from the day they are released. The Redmond company is betting big on this model and plans to buy Activision-Blizzard to bring all of the company’s games (such as Call of Duty or Diablo) to market. the first day in Game Pass. Through a partnership with Electronic Arts, new releases from US publishers (FIFA, It Takes Two, etc.) are also available a few months after release.

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retro games

PlayStation Plus, Game Pass: our comparison to see better

On the PlayStation Plus side, as well as Game Pass, there are solutions reserved for subscribers so they can (re-)play old games. At Sony, the Premium formula offers 340 games from the PSOne, PS2, PS3 (streaming exclusively) and PSP eras. This catalog of old games is much larger than the Game Pass Ultimate catalog, where you can play about sixty Xbox 360 and Xbox Original games. As a reminder, Microsoft has a backwards compatibility program that allows those who own older Xbox 360 and Xbox Original games to play them again by putting a cake in the Xbox One or Xbox Series. This feature is not available on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.

Provision of services
PlayStation Plus Premium 340 games for PSOne, PS2, PS3 and PSP
Ultimate Game Pass Approximately 63 games for Xbox 360 and Xbox Original.

Streaming

PlayStation Plus, Game Pass: our comparison to see better

PlayStation Plus Premium and Game Pass Ultimate have solutions to help subscribers enjoy their streaming experience. At Sony, Premium members can run PSOne, PS2, PS3, PSP, and PS4 software in the cloud. PS5 games are not being streamed. At Microsoft, not all Game Pass Ultimate games are necessarily playable in the cloud, but there are a few exceptions (especially among games from the first two generations of Xbox).

PlayStation Plus lets you have fun streaming PSOne, PS2, PS3, PSP and PS4 games to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC. Game Pass Ultimate lets you play apps from all generations of Xbox in the cloud across Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and mobile devices.

PlayStation Plus, Game Pass: our comparison to see better

The new PlayStation Plus will go on sale at the end of June 2022. Sony has announced that PlayStation Plus subscribers will automatically upgrade to Essential, while PS Now subscribers will upgrade to Premium at no additional cost.

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