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Sony is merging PS Now and PS Plus to create a three-tier subscription service

Sony is merging PS Now and PS Plus to create a three-tier subscription service

In one look :

  • Sony revises its games subscription offer to create three levels: PS Plus Essentials, PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium
  • Extra includes 400 PS4 and PS5 games, but no concurrent releases for new first-party launches
  • Premium tier includes retro library, streaming, and limited game trials
  • PS Plus Deluxe tier created for non-streaming markets, prices for all tiers range from $59.99 to $119.99 per year

PlayStation brings together PS Now and PS Plus to form a new three-tier subscription service.

The new service, branded as PS Plus, is due to go live in June and will include a number of new features.

PS Plus Essentials is the same as the current PS Plus service, which includes two monthly downloadable games, online multiplayer access, game discounts and cloud storage. Pricing is also the same: $9.99/€8.99/£6.99 per month, $24.99/€24.99/£19.99 for three months, or $59.99/59, €99/£49.99 per year.

PS Plus Extra includes all of the above, but adds a collection of 400 PS4 and PS5 games available for download. These games will include the likes of Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, God of War, Returnal, Mortal Kombat 11, and Death Stranding. Other titles, including those from third-party developers, will be announced later. Additional titles will be added regularly. PS Plus Extra will cost: $14.99/€13.99/£10.99 per month, $39.99/€39.99/£31.99 for three months, or $99.99/€99.99 /£83.99 per year.

PS Plus Premium includes all of the above, but also adds classic games from the PS1, PS2, and PSP (which can be downloaded or streamed), time-limited game trials, and PS3 and PS4 game streaming. This service will cost: $17.99/€16.99/£13.49 per month, $49.99/€49.99/£39.99 for three months, or $119.99/€119.99/ £99.99 per year.

For countries where PlayStation streaming does not currently exist (such as Latin America, South Korea, and Singapore), the third tier is called PS Plus Deluxe and includes all of the above, but without the streaming elements of the game. Sony says it plans to expand its cloud streaming benefits to other markets, with more news to follow on that.

PlayStation decided not to put its first-party games into the service on release day, unlike the Xbox Game Pass equivalent. In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan said doing such a thing would result in less investment in its studios and could lead to subpar games.

Sony’s combined PS Plus and PS Now install base is around 50 million, of which 48 million are PS Plus subscribers. Sony hopes to convert more of its PS Plus audience to the higher tiers, while lowering the overall price for those who currently subscribe to both services.

“We’ve combined subscription numbers over 50 million now, and we’re happy with that. That’s a good number,” Ryan said. GamesIndustry.biz. “But we really think we can do better in the way we offer these services to our players and subscribers. For example, 75% of those who subscribe to PlayStation Now also subscribe to PlayStation Plus. We think we should do better by these people. And this is just one example.

For our full interview with Jim Ryan, Click here.

To hear what analysts think of the new PS Plus, Click here.