Sony Launches New PlayStation Plus Game Subscription Service

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.

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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.

Sony Combining PlayStation Plus, Now Platforms Into One Video Game Subscription Service

The video game industry’s transition to a subscription-based business model turned another page March 29 when Sony Interactive Entertainment announced it would combine its PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now services into one platform bowing in June.

Launched in 2010, PlayStation Plus was the first console-based membership service that included a refreshed library of games through PlayStation Plus and streaming service PlayStation Now.

“This June, we’re bringing together Plus and Now in an all-new PlayStation Plus subscription service that provides more choice to customers across three membership tiers [priced from $9.99 monthly] globally,” Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, wrote in a blog post.

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The three membership tiers include:

  • PlayStation Plus Essential ($9.99 monthly): Provides the same benefits that PlayStation Plus members are getting today, such as two monthly downloadable games, exclusive discounts, cloud storage for saved games, online multiplayer access.
  • PlayStation Plus Extra ($14.99): Provides all the benefits from the Essential tier, while adding a catalog of up to 400 of PS4 and PS5 games, including titles from PlayStation Studios catalog and third-party partners. Games in the Extra tier are downloadable for play.
  • PlayStation Plus Deluxe ($17.99): Provides all the benefits from Essential and Extra tiers, plus the addition of 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, PS2 and PSP generations; 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.

 

Sony said the tier would also offer time-limited game trials, so customers can try select games before they buy.

“As this is a massive launch effort, we’re rolling out the new PlayStation Plus offering in a phased regional approach,” Ryan wrote. “We’ll begin with an initial launch in several markets in Asia, followed by North America, Europe and the rest of the world where PlayStation Plus is offered. We aim to have most PlayStation Network territories live with our new PlayStation Plus game subscription service by the end of the first half of 2022.”

Sony also plans to expand the cloud streaming benefit to additional markets and will provide more details at a later date.