By FREE THINKERS COLLECTIVE March 24, 2022
Sony has announced its revision of its PlayStation Plus subscription service, which combines the PS Plus and PS Now subscriptions and adds premium tiers that look to compete with Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass.
The three-tier structure to the service are 'Essential, Extra, and Premium'.
PlayStation Plus Essential
United States: $9.99 monthly / $24.99 quarterly / $59.99 yearly
Europe: €8,99 monthly / €24.99 quarterly / €59.99 yearly
United Kingdom: £6.99 monthly / £19.99 quarterly / £49.99 yearly
Japan: ¥850 monthly / ¥2150 quarterly / ¥5143 yearly
PlayStation Plus Extra
United States: $14.99 monthly / $39.99 quarterly / $99.99 yearly
Europe: €13.99 monthly / €39.99 quarterly / €99.99 yearly
United Kingdom: £10.99 monthly / £31.99 quarterly / £83.99 yearly
Japan: ¥1,300 monthly / ¥3,600 quarterly / ¥8,600 yearly
PlayStation Plus Premium
United States: $17.99 monthly / $49.99 quarterly / $119.99 yearly
Europe: €16.99 monthly / €49.99 quarterly / €119.99 yearly
United Kingdom: £13.49 monthly / £39.99 quarterly / £99.99 yearly
Japan: ¥1,550 monthly / ¥4,300 quarterly / ¥10,250 yearly
The changes will officially come into place in June, with a phased approach across Asia and North America, before making its way everywhere else.
What Games Will Be on PS Plus Extra and Premium?
If you subscribe to the PS Plus Premium membership tier, you can expect around 700 games in total to be included with the subscription. Sony has stated at launch they're expecting to have games such as Death Stranding, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11, and Returnal.
Games from PS3, PS2, and original PlayStation era titles will also be available via cloud streaming and direct downloads, but this will definitely differ depending on what game you're trying to play.
What Happens to My Current PS Plus Subscription?
With PlayStation Now transitioning into the new PlayStation Plus service, Sony has stated PS Now "will no longer be available to buy standalone." Any current PS Now subscribers will have their membership converted to PS Plus Premium at no extra cost at launch.
There is no current word on how those who have stacked months or even years of PS Plus membership will be able to upgrade and convert their current time into Extra or Premium tiers. Moreover, what about those who have both PS Now and PS Plus? No clear answers yet, but Sony is expecting to reveal even more about the new PlayStation Plus very soon.