price, date, games, benefits … all about the Sony service

You already have a PS4 or PS5 and are reluctant to sign up for the new PlayStation Plus subscriptions coming in June. Or you are already registered and don’t know which one to choose. We help you understand everything.

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Sony has announced the revision of its PlayStation Plus subscription system for the PS4 and PS5 consoles in particular. Now, the subscription, which includes PS Plus and PS Now, is available in three offers with different benefits. We take stock so that you can choose the one that best meets your needs.

What is it ?

PlayStation Plus is the new name for all of Sony’s subscription offerings for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC. Specifically, they bring together the old PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now services within three membership tiers offering perks, online games, a catalog of recent or older games, etc.

What are the packages?

The packs are now three in number and meet different needs, from simple access to online multiplayer with some perks to the ability to access a library of over 700 PS1 to PS5 games.

PlayStation Plus essential

It is the modern version of the current PlayStation Plus subscription. It will allow you to download two games every month for free (against 3 currently available, including a PS5 game!), Get exclusive discounts on games or DLCs, access demos or beta, content exclusive, store your saves in the cloud (currently 100 GB of space, unconfirmed memory) and online access to play co-op or multiplayer with your friends or other players around the world, to take advantage of PlayStation Studios play aids on PS5 .

PlayStation Studios
PlayStation Studios has already released several titles on PS5

PlayStation Plus extra

The subscription takes full advantage of PS Plus Essential and adds around 400 PS4 and PS5 games for download, from the PlayStation Studios catalog, but also from third-party publishers.

PlayStation Plus Premium

The Premium membership lives up to its name. It combines the benefits of the first two levels and surpasses the offerings with the arrival of 340 additional titles promised. These will include PS3 games that can be streamed in the cloud, PlayStation, PS2 and PSP games that can be streamed or downloaded. PS4 games from the PlayStation Plus Extra offer can also be streamed. This is pretty much what we currently find with the PlayStation Now offering giving PlayStation retrogaming pride of place, with games that can be played in the cloud on PS4, PS5 and PC.

Added to this is access to limited-time trial versions for certain titles. It is not yet known whether they will be full games, demos or portions of games, or if they will be games available shortly before their official release or games already available for purchase on the PlayStation Store.

What games will be available?

After initially announcing that the Extra and Premium tiers would benefit Death Stranding, God of war, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Deadly Combat 11 et return, PlayStation has unveiled a first long list of PS4 and PS5 games that will be offered in the two most expensive subscriptions.

There are games for PlayStation Studios, but also those from third-party developers such as Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, NBA 2K22, Resident Evil or Dead cells.

Sony has promised to complete the list before the service is released. There is little chance of finding PS5 games there. Day onewhich is not in the ways of the house unlike Xbox which does not hesitate to launch its major blockbusters such as Strength Horizon 5 or Infinite halo in Game Pass upon release.

What happens to the PlayStation Plus Collection?

This is the great mystery. As things stand, the PlayStation Plus Collection, with its twenty PS4 games available for free if you own a PS5, doesn’t appear anywhere in the offerings. In any case, not with the current name. Sony remains very nebulous on this point.

PS Plus PS5 collection interface
The PS Plus Collection service of the PS5

Logically, since the company insists that the PS Plus Essential offering is equivalent to the current PS Plus, PS5 players who subscribe for the first time should be able to add the games to their library at no additional cost. . However, the Extra offer includes a catalog of PS4-PS5 games and it would be strange if the biggest hits from PlayStation Studios and third-party partners (God of War, The Last of Us, the saga Uncharted, Ratchet & Clank, Detroit Goes Human, Call of Duty Black Ops 3, Days Gone, Fallout 4, etc.) are not part of it to bring real added value to the offer. There are all the same 400 games ” among the best games for PS4 and PS5 ” ads…

For now Sony has simply stated that ” the PlayStation Plus Collection does not disappear with this change. This will remain an advantage for all PS5 players with PS Plus. “ For PS5 players who are already subscribers, ok. But the new ones? And this is where you should perhaps read between the lines. Because Sony clearly mentions the current subscribers who would continue to be subscribers and therefore will not lose the advantage (the PS Plus Essential in particular). What will happen if they cut their subscription for a while? The fact that access to the 20+ PS4 games on offer doesn’t appear clearly in the starter package details however suggests that it will no longer exist for newcomers. Otherwise, in its long-distance battle with the Xbox Game Pass, Sony would not have hesitated to proclaim it from the rooftops. CQFD.

What about PC gamers?

They seem to be the great and forgotten new look of PlayStation Plus. Until now to enjoy PlayStation games, Windows PC gamers, if they did not want to invest in dedicated versions ofHorizon Zero sunrise orGod of war– could subscribe to PlayStation Now and play on PS4, PS5 and PC using dedicated software. They’ll still be able to do it with PlayStation Plus Premium, but for double the price. They also won’t be able to benefit from many benefits due to the lack of a home console.

PlayStation now
PlayStation now

When will the new PlayStation Plus be launched?

PlayStation Plus Packs will be available on June 23rd at 12:01 am.

What if you are already a subscriber?

If you were already a PlayStation Plus subscriber and do nothing, your subscription will automatically switch to PlayStation Plus Essential in June, at the same price until your current plan ends (if the renewal is not automatic). You can also choose another plan at any time as soon as signups are open.

If you were a PlayStation Now subscriber, this is where things get interesting. You will automatically upgrade to a PlayStation Plus Premium membership at no additional cost for the remaining membership period. It must be said that from then on, for current PS Now subscribers, the package will double. Until recently it was still possible to subscribe for a year and thus benefit from the high-end subscription at a low price. But Sony probably noticed it and it is no longer possible to subscribe to an annual subscription, only monthly for 8.99 euros.

PlayStation Plus subscription prices

By separating its offers into three packages, Sony expands its price list from 60 to 120 euros per year, but with the possibility of subscribing also monthly, quarterly or for 12 months.

The PlayStation essential starts at € 8.99 for one month. The three months are advertised at 24.99 euros for an annual subscription at 59.99 euros. These are the same prices as the current PlayStation Plus subscription.

The PlayStation Plus extra it is 13.99 euros per month and 39.99 euros for a quarter. These are higher prices than those of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (12.99 euros) which offers many more options, including cloud gaming on smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs. But over the course of the year the package is revealed much more advantageous when Xbox does not make discounts (99.99 euros).

Finally, the PlayStation Plus Premium, which combines the existing PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now services with additional benefits, is offered for € 16.99 per month, € 49.99 for three months and € 119.99 for one year. It is ultimately the cumulative price of the two initial services.

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