Sony has announced major revamp of its online PlayStation service, which will now include additional tiers that bring a library of games that users can download and play, as well as integrating the cloud -based PlayStation Now service.
The first tier will be PlayStation Plus Essential, which is basically identical to the current PlayStation Plus service. This includes all of the same benefits, such as two monthly downloadable games, online multiplayer access, cloud saves and discounts. The pricing will also remain the same, which is $10 monthly, $25 quarterly and $60 annually. All existing PlayStation Plus users will be migrated to this tier.
The next tier is pretty interesting and is called PlayStation Plus Extra, this tier brings all the benefits of the Essential tier but also brings access to a catalog of up to 400 PS5 and PS4 titles, which can be downloaded and played anytime as long as the subscription is active. This includes PlayStation Studios titles as well as those from third-party developers. The pricing of the PlayStation Plus Extra is set at $15 monthly, $40 quarterly and $100 annually.
Last but not the least, there’s PlayStation Plus Premium, which is the most expensive option. This tier includes benefits both from Essential and Extra tiers and packs additional 340 titles to the catalog of games. Included in this catalog are PS3 games, which can be played over cloud, as well as PS1, PS2 and PSP games, which can be played over the cloud or locally.
The Premium tier also enables cloud streaming options for original PS1, PS2, PSP and PS4 games included in the Extra and Premium tiers. These games can be streamed on a PS5, PS4 or a PC.
Furthermore, there will be a time-limited trial option, which will let users try to select games for a limited amount of time before they make their buying decision.
The cost for the Premium version is set at $18 monthly, $50 quarterly and $120 yearly. All existing PlayStation Now customers will be migrated to this plan for no extra cost. PlayStation Now will also cease to be a standalone service.
The PlayStation Plus Premium service will be limited to regions with cloud streaming. In other markets, Sony will be offering the PlayStation Plus Deluxe plan, which will be cheaper and without the cloud streaming component. Everything else will be similar to the Premium tier.
The new PlayStation Plus Plans will be released in phases. The initial launch will happen in Asia in June, followed by North America, Europe and the rest of the world where PlayStation Plus is currently available. Sony plans to have all PlayStation Network territories to be on the new plans by the end of the first half of 2022.
More information is expected to surface as the launch inches closer.
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