Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) on June 13 announced the launch of a new PlayStation Plus video game subscription service in North and South America. The newly enhanced PlayStation Plus absorbs the current Playstation Now platform and claims to offer a bigger game catalog, in addition to enhanced social media functions — for the higher-priced subscription plans.
Today’s launch in the Americas will be followed by Europe and Australia in late June, completing the global roll-out that started in Asia in late May.
As a result, current subs will migrate over to PlayStation Plus Premium with cloud streaming access until their current subscription expires — with no increase to their current subscription fees at launch. Additionally, 11 markets in Eastern Europe will launch with cloud streaming access this month, for a total of 30 markets with cloud streaming access.
“The high caliber of content is what sets PlayStation Plus apart, and the service will continue to grow with new monthly game offerings that include some of the most celebrated titles on PlayStation platforms,” Jim Ryan, CEO of SIE, said in a statement.
For the basic $9.99 PlayStation Plus Essential plan, the subscription service provides the same benefits that PlayStation Plus members are getting today, such as PS4 and PS5 monthly games, online multiplayer access, exclusive discounts, cloud storage and more. There are no changes for existing PlayStation Plus members in this plan and pricing remains the same.
For PlayStation Plus Extra subs, the $14.99 monthly tier adds a catalog of up to 400 PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games, including titles from the PlayStation Studios catalog and third-party partners. Games in the Extra plan are downloadable for play.
For $17.99 monthly PlayStation Plus Premium subs, the new service adds 340 additional games, including PlayStation3 games available via cloud streaming, a catalog of classic games from the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable generation.
The new PlayStation Plus game catalog will include titles from dozens of studios across the globe, including PlayStation Studios developers such as Insomniac Games, Naughty Dog, and Sucker Punch, and third-party partners such as Rockstar Games, Square Enix, WB Games and more. At launch, the PlayStation Plus game catalog will include titles such as Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut, Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, NBA 2K22, and Red Dead Redemption 2. The hundreds of games available in the PlayStation Plus games catalog will continue to refresh and evolve over time, so there is always something new for gamers to play.
Classic games coming to PlayStation Plus include beloved hits such as Ape Escape, Syphon Filter and Tekken 2. Some of these classic games will show improved frame rates and higher quality resolution than its original launch versions. Additionally, select games from the original PlayStation and PSP generation will include a new user experience with menus that allow players to save their game at any time, or even rewind the game to replay a specific section.
PlayStation Plus initially launched in 2010 and was the first console membership service to provide a regular library of monthly games. PlayStation Now launched in 2014 and was the first game console subscription streaming service.