Sony's New PlayStation Plus Subscription Is Here to Compete With Xbox Game Pass
By -HEMAJA BURUD
Today, Sony is releasing updated versions of its PlayStation Plus memberships, the company's long-rumored counterpart to Xbox Game Pass.
Sony's two current membership services, PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now, have been combined into PlayStation Plus.
Two new PlayStation Plus membership levels will offer multiplayer gameplay as well as access to a library of chosen PlayStation titles to download or stream.
These new levels will be accessible in Asia starting in June, then in North America, Europe, and the rest of the world.
PlayStation Plus Essential –
offers multiplayer access, two monthly downloaded titles, discounts, and game save cloud storage. The cost is $9.99 per month or $59.99 per year.
PlayStation Plus Extra-
entails everything in Plus Essential as well as access to a portfolio of up to 400 PS4 or PS5 titles. The cost is $14.99 per month or $99.99 per year.
PlayStation Plus Premium —
offers all of the features of PlayStation Plus Essential and Extra, plus an additional 340 games, including PS3 titles that can be streamed and certain original PlayStation, PS2, and PSP games.
"The new Extra and Premium categories represent a significant leap for PlayStation Plus," says Jim Ryan, CEO of PlayStation. "With these levels, our primary goal is to guarantee that the hundreds of games we provide feature the highest quality material that distinguishes us."
Sony intends to feature titles such as Death Stranding, God of War, Marvel's Spider-Man, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11, and Returnal at launch.
Sony's combination of PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now provides more options for playing old and new PlayStation games without needing to sign up for a separate streaming service.