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Sony announces new PlayStation Plus subscriptions, its answer to Xbox Game Pass

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Sony is overhauling its PlayStation Plus subscription service. Starting June, Sony’s PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now will club into a single option for subscribers and will collectively call PlayStation Plus. The service will then have three tiers to choose from – PlayStation Plus Essential, PlayStation Plus Extra, and PlayStation Plus Premium expanding the existing subscription with two additional subscription tiers.

Each tier has its own benefits, including the addition of PlayStation Now cloud-streaming and downloadable games, as well as classic titles from the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PSP.

The two new premium tiers to the service, named Extra and Premium, will work much like the Xbox Game Pass wherein players will get access to hundreds of PS titles. Additionally, there will be a plan called PlayStation Plus Deluxe for select markets. While the prices of this will vary per region, PlayStation Plus Deluxe will be more affordable than the Premium tier and will come with all the benefits from the Essential and Extra tiers.

PlayStation Plus Essential (Basic) benefits

The Essential version will effectively be the PlayStation Plus that subscribers know today, offering two monthly downloadable games, cloud storage, and access to online multiplayer. PlayStation Plus Essential will cost $59.99 per year, the service’s existing price.

Prices for the basic PlayStation Plus will start from $9.99 (about Rs 755) per month in the United States. A quarterly plan will be available for $24.99 (about Rs 1890), while the annual subscription will cost $59.99 (about Rs 4,500). The Company does not disclose the price for India.

PlayStation Plus Extra benefits

This service will offer all the benefits from the Essential tier, in addition to a catalog of up to 400 PS4 and PS5 games. As per Sony, this list will include “blockbuster hits” from the PlayStation Studios catalog and third-party partners. Games in the Extra tier will be downloadable for play.

Prices for PlayStation Plus Extra will start at $14.99 (about Rs 1130) for a monthly subscription in the United States. A quarterly subscription will cost $39.99 (about Rs 3,000) and an annual plan will cost $99.99 (about Rs 7,550).

PlayStation Plus Premium benefits

It will provide all the benefits from the Essential and Extra tiers. Adds up to 340 additional games, including:

  • PS3 games available via cloud streaming
  • A catalog of classic games available in both streaming and download options from the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PSP generations

Offers cloud streaming access for original PlayStation, PS2, PSP, and PS4 games offered in the Extra and Premium tiers in markets where PlayStation Now is currently available. Customers can stream games using PS4 and PS5 consoles, and PC.

Time-limited game trials will also be offered in this tier, so customers can try select games before they buy.

Price:

  • United States — $17.99 monthly / $49.99 quarterly / $119.99 yearly
  • Europe — €16.99 monthly / €49.99 quarterly / €119.99 yearly
  • United Kingdom — £13.49 monthly / £39.99 quarterly / £99.99 yearly
  • Japan — ¥1,550 – monthly / ¥4,300 – quarterly / ¥10,250 yearly

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