As earlier reported by Bloomberg, Sony today officially announced its new subscription service under the PlayStation Plus branding that unites the existing PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now subscriptions. The new three-tier subscription plan – PlayStation Plus Essential, PlayStation Plus Extra, and PlayStation Plus Premium are scheduled to launch in June with new features and a diverse library of games.
The first tier is PlayStation Plus Essential, and it has the same offerings as the existing PlayStation Plus subscription. This plan includes two monthly downloadable games, exclusive discounts, cloud storage for saved games, and online multiplayer access. The prices remain the same as the existing PS Plus service: $9.99 monthly / $24.99 quarterly / $59.99 yearly in the US, €8.99 monthly / €24.99 quarterly / €59.99 yearly in Europe, £6.99 monthly / £19.99 quarterly / £49.99 yearly in the UK, and ¥850 monthly / ¥2,150 quarterly / ¥5,143 yearly in Japan.
The second tier, PlayStation Plus Extra offers all the benefits of the Essential and adds a library of up to 400 PS4 and PS5 downloadable games. At launch, games from PlayStation Studious and third-party partners such as God of War, Death Stranding, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Returnal and Mortal Kombat 11 will come with the Extra tier. Sony will continue to add more titles on a regular basis. PlayStation Plus Extra will cost: $14.99 monthly / $39.99 quarterly / $99.99 yearly in the US, €13.99 monthly / €39.99 quarterly / €99.99 yearly in Europe, £10.99 monthly / £31.99 quarterly / £83.99 yearly in the UK, and ¥1,300 monthly / ¥3,600 quarterly / ¥8,600 yearly in Japan.
The most expensive of all three is the PlayStation Plus Premium. Premium offers all benefits of Essential and Extra, plus an additional 340 games that include time-limited game trials, PS3 and PS4 games via cloud streaming, classic games from PS1, PS2 and PSP (can be streamed or downloaded. PlayStation Plus Premium will cost: $17.99 monthly / $49.99 quarterly / $119.99 yearly in the US, €16.99 monthly / €49.99 quarterly / €119.99 yearly in Europe, £13.49 monthly / £39.99 quarterly / £99.99 yearly in the UK, and ¥1,550 monthly / ¥4,300 quarterly / ¥10,250 yearly in Japan.
In markets where Sony has no cloud streaming, the third tier will be replaced by PlayStation Plus Deluxe will be offered at a lower price. It includes a library of classic games from the original PlayStation, PS2 and PSP generations available to download, along with time-limited game trials. Benefits from Essential and Extra tiers are also included. Local pricing will vary by each market.
Customers with PlayStation Now subscriptions will be migrated over to PlayStation Plus Premium for no extra cost at launch. Sony says the service will begin rolling out in June in several markets in Asia, followed by North America, Europe and the rest of the World where PS Plus is already available. By the end of the first half of the year, Sony is hoping the new subscription plans will be live in all PlayStation Network territories. The company is also working on expanding its cloud streaming service to additional markets.
In comparison with Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass, Sony has decided against putting first-party titles into the new subscription service on the same day of availability in stores. “We feel like we are in a good virtuous cycle with the studios,” PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan told GamesIndustry.biz, “where the investment delivers success, which enables yet more investment, which delivers yet more success. We like that cycle and we think our gamers like that cycle.” Speaking further about why Sony won’t be following the same model as Microsoft, “it’s not a road that we’re going to go down with this new service. We feel if we were to do that with the games that we make at PlayStation Studios, that virtuous cycle will be broken,” Ryan added.