As expected, the publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment decided not to hesitate confirmation the upcoming merger of their PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now subscription services into one – an analogue of Microsoft’s Game Pass.
As has become known, the updated PlayStation Plus (as the service will be called) will offer three tariffs:
PlayStation Plus Essential ($10 for one month, $25 for three and $60 for one year)
- Standard PlayStation Plus Bonuses – Access to multiplayer, monthly choice of two games, exclusive discounts and cloud storage.
PlayStation Plus Extra ($15, $40, $100)
- Significant bonuses;
- a catalog of 400 downloadable PS4 and PS5 games, including blockbusters from in-house and third-party studios such as Death Stranding, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11 and Returnal.
PlayStation Plus Premium ($18, $50, $120)
- Essential and Extra Bonuses;
- up to 340 more projects will be added to Extra’s game library, including those from PS3 (streaming only), PS2, PS1 and PSP;
- Streaming games from PS1, PS2, PSP and PS4 included in Extra and Premium to PS4, PS5 and PC. Only available in territories where PS Now is currently available;
- Time-limited trial versions of selected games.
In regions where PS Now isn’t available, PlayStation Plus Deluxe will be available, a cheaper premium option without streaming but with a library of downloadable PS1, PS2 and PSP classics, project tests and bonuses from the other two plans .
The launch of the updated PlayStation Plus begins in June in select Eastern markets, then connecting North America, Europe and the rest of the world. By the end of the month, the service should be up and running in most PlayStation Network territories.
Sony Interactive Entertainment also confirmed that it plans to expand the geography of its streaming service and promised to reveal more details of this initiative and the new PS Plus in the near future.