Sony has officially released its modified PlayStation Plus subscription service, combining the best parts of the PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now into a streamlined package. It is divided into three levels – Essential, Extra and Premium – each offering a slightly different experience. The question is, is it enough to compete with Microsoft’s popular Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription?
We outline everything you need to know about the newly redesigned PlayStation Plus service – Xbox Game Pass competitors – pricing, confirmed games and what each new level will offer.
When was the new PlayStation Plus released?
Sony unveiled the newly modified PlayStation Plus service on March 29, 2022, but it was not expected to be released in many countries until June 2022. Sony initially had a hard time figuring out when we would see the launch of the new service, the company later confirmed that the new PlayStation Plus would launch for the first time. Asia on May 24, 2022Later Japan on June 2The June 13 in the United StatesAnd finally June 23 in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
How much does the new PlayStation Plus cost?
As rumored before launch, Sony’s new PlayStation Plus service has been split into three tiers.
It starts with the essentials, which are essentially the equivalent of the PS Plus that it currently stands for, and as such, its cost will be £ 6.99 / $ 9.99 per month or £ 49.99 / $ 59.99 per year.
The next step is the additional plan, which will cost 10.99 / $ 14.99 per month or £ 83.99 / $ 99.99 per year, and makes it available for you to download a library of PS4 and PS5 titles.
For those looking for the ultimate PlayStation Plus experience, go for the premium tier. Essentially a combination of PS Plus and With PS Now cloud functionality, it comes in at £ 13.49 / $ 17.99 per month and £ 99.99 / $ 119.99 per year, slightly cheaper than the current combined prices for services.
The good news is that, according to Sony, it will be easier to switch between different levels at any time – you just have to “pay the difference between the current plan and your new plan, adjust for the rest of your subscription time.”
What does Sony’s new PlayStation Plus offer?
So, what does the new PlayStation Plus subscription offer that will allow it to compete well with the popular Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service?
As mentioned, the new service is divided into three tiers – Essential, Extra and Premium – ranging from a package that is essentially PlayStation Plus to what we now know as a combination of PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now’s cloud gaming capabilities.
PlayStation Plus required
The PlayStation Plus Essential is Sony’s new subscription service entry-level and, for the most part, it’s essentially the PlayStation Plus as we know it – but there’s one major downgrade that Sony failed to mention during its unveiling.
While you still have access to cloud storage for online multiplayer, special discounts and game saving files, you get only two free games per month instead of the three currently offered.
This is also the level at which existing PlayStation Plus members moved automatically at launch.
The next step in Sony’s new subscription service is the PlayStation Plus Xtra, which offers you the same benefits as the plan you need with the added benefits: a large library of games to play.
While the games on the service vary between regions, additional members have access to a library of 400 PS4 and PS5 titles, including first and third-party releases, and these can be downloaded freely on consoles at any time. Given the / 5 / $ 5 difference between required and extra levels, that’s not a bad trade-off – although it depends on the games available.
Ubisoft has also confirmed that its Ubisoft + subscription service is now available on PlayStation with its 27-title Ubisoft + Classics collection PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium members at no extra charge.
PlayStation Plus Premium
The top-end plan in Sony’s new offering is the PlayStation Plus Premium, boasting a combination of PS Plus and PS Now, including cloud gaming capabilities and backwards compatibility.
While you may not be able to play your own classic PlayStation games, Sony is offering the same 400-game PS4 and PS5 game library as the extra level, including an additional 340 PlayStation, PS2, PS3 and PSP games. Importantly, unlike Extra Tier, you’re able to stream these titles to the cloud on your console, eliminating the need to wait for the game to download – just select it and play immediately. Like Extra Tier, it also comes with a subscription to Ubisoft + Classics.
In areas where PS Now game streaming is not currently available, it has been dubbed the PlayStation Plus Deluxe and it comes at a slightly cheaper monthly cost.
An added benefit comes in the form of time-limited trials that allow members to try “select” games before they purchase.
What games are coming to the new PlayStation Plus?
The large library of on-demand games spread across different generations of PlayStation sounds good, but which games are particularly part of the service? While the full list will depend on your region, Sony has confirmed some of the titles available as part of the service.
PS4 and PS5 game list
If you subscribe PlayStation Plus Extra Or PlayStation Plus PremiumYou will gain access to the following confirmed titles (and more):
Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4)
Cities: Skylines (PS4)
Concrete Ginny (PS4)
Control: Ultimate Edition (PS4 / PS5)
Gone are the days (PS4)
Dead cells (PS4)
Dead Nation Apocalypse Edition (PS4)
Death Standing and Death Standing Director’s Cut (PS4 / PS5)
Demon spirits (PS5)
Everyone’s golf (PS4)
Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition (PS4)
Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut (PS4 / PS5)
God of war(PS4)
Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)
Gravity Rush remastered (PS4)
Horizon zero morning (PS4)
The infamous first light (PS4)
Infamous second son, (PS4)
LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS4)
LocoRoco re-mastered (PS4)
LocoRoco 2 remastered (PS4)
Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4)
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS4 / PS5)
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (PS4 / PS5)
Mortal Kombat 11 (PS4 / PS5)
Narutoshippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (PS4)
NBA 2K22 (PS4 / PS5)
Outside wild (PS4)
Patapon re-mastered (PS4)
Patapon 2 remastered (PS4)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4)
The shadow of Colossus (PS4)
Soul Caliber VI(PS4)
Tears welled up (PS4)
Artful escape (PS4 / PS5)
The Last Guardian (PS4)
The Last of Us Remastered (PS4)
The last of us: left behind (PS4)
Until morning (PS4)
Uncharted Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)
Unknown 4: The end of the thief (PS4)
Unknown: Lost Legacy (PS4)
Wipeout Omega Collection (PS4)
Classic game list
Top-end subscribers PlayStation Plus Premium Access to a library of classic titles, including a library of original PlayStation and PSP titles:
Hot shots golf
IQ Intelligent Qube
Super Stardust Portable
Worms World Party
Along with the classic PS1 and PSP titles, you also get access to a selection of PS3 titles – although unlike other titles on the service, these can only be streamed and not downloaded to your PS4 or PS5:
The wrath of the demon
Castlevania: Lord of the Shadows 2
Devil May Cry HD Collection
Slave: Odyssey in the West
Hot Shots Golf: Out of bounds
Hot Shots Golf: The World Invitation
Infamous: Feast of Blood
Lost Planet 2
Ninja Guidon Sigma 2
Ratchet and Clank: The Search for Loot
Ratchet and Clank: A crack in time
Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
Super Stardust HD
When the Vikings invaded
There are also a handful of classic game PS4 remasters available as part of the top-end tier:
Ape Escape 2
Arch the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits
Borderlands The Handsome Collection
Bulletstorm: Full clip version
Dark clouds 2
Hot shot tennis
Such as 3
Such as x
Jack and Daxter: Former Legacy
States of Amalur: Recount
Lego Harry Potter Collection
Wild weapons 3
Time-limited game tests
Finally, the PlayStation Plus Premium Tier offers limited-time game trials for the following titles at lunch:
Cyberpunk 2077 (PS5)
Farming Simulator 22 (PS4 / PS5)
Horizon Forbidden West (PS4 / PS5)
Little Tina’s Wonderland (PS4 / PS5)
Unknown: Legacy of Thief Collection (PS5)
WWE 2K22 (PS4 / PS5)
Ubisoft + Classic Collection
There is also an Ubisoft + Classic collection with 27 popular Ubi titles at the time of writing, although it is planned to increase that number to 50 by the end of 2022. As mentioned, it’s available for free to PlayStation Plus Extra and PlayStation Plus Premium members. Available titles at lunch include:
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (PS4 / PS5)
The child of light(PS4)
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon(PS4)
Far Cry 3 Remaster(PS4)
Risk: Urban invasion(PS4)
South Park: Broken but complete(PS4)
South Park: The Stick of Truth(PS4)
Star Trek: Bridge Crew(PSVR)
Starlink: Battle for Atlas(PS4)
Test the Blood Dragon game(PS4)
Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4)
Look at the dogs(PS4)
Inside the werewolves(PS4)
Will the new PlayStation Plus get new games on release day?
The biggest feature of Microsoft’s Game Pass Ultimate is the ability to play platform-specific titles in releases at no extra cost, and this is a great feature that PlayStation gamers are also hoping for.
However, the GI.biz interview with SIE owner Jim Ryan from September 2020 may not be so.
The PlayStation chief said the subscription-type model would be temporary for PlayStation Studios (which creates many PS platform exclusives) as budgets soon increase to “over $ 100 million”, and those comments were echoed earlier this summer by former PlayStation executive Sean Leiden. .
Leiden questioned the long-term viability of Microsoft’s Game Pass Ultimate business model, saying “it’s very difficult to start a को 120 million game on a महि 9.99 a month subscription service.”
Doing the math, the former executive suggests that “you’re going to have 500 million members before you return your investment” and explains that “if you have 250 million consoles out there, you don’t get half. Billion members.”
Sony itself seems to have backed it up, which describes what kind of games you should expect on the service. PlayStation Blog. In the launch, we plan to include titles such as Death Standing, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11, and Return – all games that are at least a year old, if not older.
The good news is that new content needs to be added regularly, with Sony working closely with our imaginative developers of PlayStation Studios and third-party partners to include some of the best gaming experiences available with the library that will be updated regularly.