Today, Sony has announced that it is overhauling its PlayStation Plus service. Starting in June, PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now will be melded together in a brand new three-tiered subscription service, offering a multitude of perks for players.
Announced officially via the PlayStation Blog, the new PlayStation Plus model is broken up into three monthly or annual subscriptions.
PlayStation Plus Essential can be boiled down to what PlayStation Plus offers currently. Subscribers can gain access to two downloadable games per month, exclusive discounts, cloud storage for saves, and online multiplayer. Pricing appears to remain the same as the standard PlayStation Plus subscription: $9.99 USD/month, $24.99 USD/three months $59.99 USD/ year.
PlayStation Plus Extra includes all aforementioned perks with the additional inclusion of a collection of 400 PS4 and PS5 games that are able to be downloaded.
These are said to consist of first-party AAA titles such as God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Returnal. as well as games from third-party studios such as Mortal Kombat 11. A full list will likely be revealed closer to launch.
PlayStation Plus Extra will cost: $14.99 USD/month, $39.99 USD/three months $99.99 USD/ year.
Finally, PlayStation Plus Premium grants access to all perks already listed but add access to classic games across the PS1, PS2, PSP generations. These games are confirmed to be downloadable though players can also stream them as well. Access to PS3 titles will also be supported.
Though, titles from the PS3 will be exclusive to cloud streaming. Time-limited game trials will also be supported via this tier.
PlayStation Plus Premium will cost: $17.99 USD/month, $49.99 USD/three months $119.99 USD/ year.
Sony has stated that when the new PlayStation Plus service launches, PlayStation Now will transition into becoming an integral part of the service and will no longer be a standalone product. Current PlayStation Now subscribers will be folded into the PlayStation Plus Premium with no increase to their current subscription.
The rollout of the new PlayStation Plus is said to be held regionally. Sony has revealed that several markets in Asia will be the first to gain access to the service in June. North America, Europe, and eventually, global markets will soon follow. Cloud Streaming benefits will also be expanding.
We’ll update this post when Canadian pricing is available.