Sony has officially launched the new PlayStation Plus gaming subscription, which the company announced on Tuesday. The new offering is called PlayStation Plus and combines two of Sony’s current subscription services, PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now, into one. PlayStation Plus is seen as Sony’s version of Microsoft’s popular Xbox Game Pass subscription service.
PlayStation Plus will debut in June and debut in select countries in Asia before expanding to North America, Europe and other regions. The company will likely release more details on specific release dates in the coming weeks.
The new subscription service consists of three levels. The lowest tier is called “PlayStation Plus Essential” and includes the same perks as today’s PlayStation Plus subscribers, including two monthly downloads, special discounts, cloud storage for game saves, and access to online multiplayer. PlayStation Plus Essentials costs the same as the current PlayStation Plus price of $9.99/month, $24.99/quarter, or $59.99/year. In Europe, the price is €8.99 per month, €24.99 per quarter or €59.99 per year.
Next comes the middle tier, which is called “PlayStation Plus Extra”. It has the same benefits as the Essentials tier but includes up to 400 PS4 and PS5 games. Sony notes that Extra Tier games can be downloaded for online play. An additional tier costs $14.99 per month, $39.99 per quarter, or $99.99 per year. In Europe, the price is €13.99 per month, €39.99 per quarter, or €99.99 per year.
The top tier of the subscription is called “PlayStation Plus Premium” and gives you access to 340 games plus all of the core and premium tiers, including PS3 games that can be streamed via the cloud. The level will also feature classic games available for both streaming and download, including original titles for PlayStation, PS2 and PSP. Sony notes that time-limited game trials are also offered in tiers, allowing customers to try out certain games before purchasing them. The premium tier costs $17.99/month, $49.99/quarter, or $119.99/year. In Europe, the price is €16.99 per month, €49.99 per quarter or €119.99 per year.
Sony plans to introduce games at launch, including Death Stranding, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11, and more. Sony has no plans to release all of its future PlayStation exclusives on launch day.
“The new additions and premium tiers represent a significant development for PlayStation Plus,” said PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan. “With these levels, our main goal is to ensure that the hundreds of games we offer contain the highest quality content that sets us apart from others. We work closely with our creative developers at PlayStation Studios and third-party partners to bring some of the best gaming experiences to our regularly updated library. There will be more information about the games we have on our new PlayStation Plus service.”
Today’s news follows months of speculation that Sony wants to upgrade its game subscription service so it can work with Microsoft’s offering of the popular Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft has spent a lot of money on Game Pass since the company acquired major video game publishers such as Activision Blizzard and Bethesda for $68.7 billion and $7.4 billion, respectively.
Sony says that when the new PlayStation Plus service launches, PlayStation Now will switch to the new PlayStation Plus offering and will no longer be available as a standalone service. PlayStation Now customers will upgrade to PlayStation Plus Premium without increasing the current subscription price at launch.