As rumored, Sony has unveiled the new PlayStation Plus service, which is merging with PlayStation Now.
The so-called Project Spartacus for some time, the previous Playstation Plus will be expanded to three different price levels and will compete directly with Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass with a catalog of several hundred games.
According to Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, the revamped subscription service will have more than 700 games at launch. The new PlayStation Plus is scheduled to launch in June this year.
PlayStation Plus Essential is basically the same as what is currently offered on PS Plus. Those who already have this service will not see changes at the time of the transition to the new version. The benefits that it includes are two downloadable games per month, exclusive discounts, cloud storage to save games and access to online multiplayer. In the United States, the new PlayStation Plus will cost $9.99 monthly / $24.99 quarterly / $59.99 yearly.
PlayStation Plus Extra starts from the same base as the previous level, but with more new features. The big difference here is the inclusion of a catalog of up to 400 PS4 and PS5 titles that players can download. According to Sony, among the available games, proposals from PlayStation Studios and also from third parties will stand out. Price: United States: $14.99 monthly / $39.99 quarterly / $99.99 yearly.
PlayStation Plus Premium is the complete option offered by the Japanese company in this new subscription service. In addition to what is already mentioned in Essential and Extra, it adds up to 340 additional games, including PS3 titles (via streaming) and classic games from the original PlayStation, PS2 and PlayStation Portable; the latter can not only be played from the cloud but will also be downloadable. On the other hand, users will be able to access limited trials of different games before buying them. Price: United States: $17.99 monthly / $49.99 quarterly / $119.99 yearly.
Premium subscribers will also be able to stream the games offered in the Essential and Extra tiers (up to PS4), but only in countries where PlayStation Now is already available. This option will allow you to play from the cloud using a PS4, PS5 or a PC.
However, Sony will launch a fourth variant of the subscription service, but it will be limited to selected markets. This is PlayStation Plus Deluxe, which will be implemented in countries where the option to stream from the cloud is not available. Local pricing will vary by market.