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Sony re-introduces PlayStation Plus with new tiers

Sony launched PlayStation Network in 2006 as a supplemental online service for PlayStation 3. Shortly afterwards, Sony launched PlayStation Plus in 2010 as a supplemental online subscription service for PlayStation 3. Sony acquired Gaikai in 2012, shortly thereafter, Sony re-introduced Gaikai as “PlayStation Now” at CES 2014, which was (and still is) Sony’s cloud streaming service. Microsoft launched Xbox Game Pass in 2017, but re-introduced Xbox Game Pass in a new update that included xCloud streaming style in 2020. In 2019, Microsoft merged Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold into a single subscription package – Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Sony is doing the same with the new PlayStation Plus tiers…

Sony Interactive Entertainment re-introduced PlayStation Plus with new tiers that allows for access to cloud-based streams or downloads. The current PlayStation Plus system still exists, but will be called differently than previously.

SourcePlayStation Blog

The new PlayStation Plus structure is as follows…

PlayStation Plus Essential​

Benefits

  • Provides the same benefits that PlayStation Plus members are getting today, such as:
    • Two monthly downloadable games
    • Exclusive discounts
    • Cloud storage for saved games
    • Online multiplayer access
  • There are no changes for existing PlayStation Plus members in this tier.

Price* for PlayStation Plus Essential remains the same as the current price for PlayStation Plus.

  • 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 / ¥2,150 quarterly / ¥5,143 yearly

PlayStation Plus Essential is the current system we have with “PlayStation Plus.” The following new tiers are new, and will use the pre-existing PlayStation Now service to bring value to the ecosystem.

The other 2 tiers are as follows…

PlayStation Plus Extra​

Benefits

  • Provides all the benefits from the Essential tier
  • Adds a catalog of up to 400* of the most enjoyable PS4 and PS5 games – including blockbuster hits from our PlayStation Studios catalog and third-party partners. Games in the Extra tier are downloadable for play.

Price*

  • 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**​

Benefits

  • Provides all the benefits from Essential and Extra tiers
  • Adds up to 340* additional games, including:
    • PS3 games available via cloud streaming
    • A catalog of beloved classic games available in both streaming and download options from the original PlayStation, PS2 and PSP generations
  • Offers cloud streaming access for original PlayStation, PS2, PSP and PS4 games offered in the Extra and Premium tiers in markets** where PlayStation Now is currently available. Customers can stream games using PS4 and PS5 consoles, and PC.***
  • Time-limited game trials will also be offered in this tier, so customers can try select games before they buy.

Price*

  • 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

PlayStation Plus Deluxe (Select Markets) For markets without cloud streaming, PlayStation Plus Deluxe will be offered at a lower price compared to Premium, and includes a catalog of beloved classic games from the original PlayStation, PS2 and PSP generations to download and play, along with time-limited game trials. Benefits from Essential and Extra tiers are also included. Local pricing will vary by market.

The new subscription tiers will launch in June, though, the launch plans are in phases, according to Sony…

As this is a massive launch effort, we’re rolling out the new PlayStation Plus offering in a phased regional approach. In the June timeframe, we’ll begin with an initial launch in several markets in Asia, followed by North America, Europe and the rest of the world where PlayStation Plus is offered. We aim to have most PlayStation Network territories live with our new PlayStation Plus game subscription service by the end of the first half of 2022. We also plan to expand our cloud streaming benefit to additional markets, and will provide more details at a later date. 

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