Update: March 31, 2022 12:20 a.m. STI
Tokyo [Japan]March 31 (ANI): Sony has announced a revamp of its PlayStation Plus online subscription service, which includes additional tiers as well as the integration of the cloud-based PlayStation Now service.
According to GSM Arena, the first tier will be PlayStation Plus Essential, which is identical to the current PlayStation Plus service. This includes all the same perks, such as two downloadable games per month, online multiplayer access, cloud saves, and discounts. Pricing will also remain the same at $10 per month, $25 per quarter, and $60 per year. All existing PlayStation Plus users will be migrated to this tier.
The next tier is called PlayStation Plus Extra and this tier brings all the benefits of the Essential tier but also gives users access to a catalog of up to 400 PS5 and PS4 titles, which can be downloaded and played at any time that the subscription is active. This includes PlayStation Studios titles as well as those from third-party developers.
The PlayStation Plus Extra tier is priced at $15 per month, $40 per quarter, and $100 per year.
Finally, there’s PlayStation Plus Premium, which is the more expensive option. This level includes all the benefits of the Essential and Extra levels and brings 340 additional titles to the catalog of games.
This catalog includes PS3 games, which can be played in the cloud, as well as PS1, PS2 and PSP games, which can be played in the cloud or locally.
The Premium tier also allows a cloud streaming option for the original PS1, PS2, PSP and PS4 games included in the Extra and Premium tiers. These games can be streamed on PS5, PS4, or PC.
Additionally, there will be a time-limited trial option, which will allow users to try out certain games for a limited time before deciding to purchase.
The PlayStation Plus Premium plan will cost $18 per month, $50 per quarter, and $120 per year. All existing PlayStation Now customers will be migrated to this plan at no additional cost. PlayStation Now will also cease to be a standalone service.
According to GSM Arena, the PlayStation Plus Premium plan will only be available in regions that have cloud streaming. In other markets, Sony will offer the PlayStation Plus Deluxe plan, which will be cheaper and without the cloud streaming component. Everything else will be identical to the Premium level.
New PlayStation Plus plans will be released gradually. The initial launch will take place in Asia in June, followed by North America, Europe and the rest of the world where PlayStation Plus is currently available. Sony expects all PlayStation Network territories to be on the new plans by the end of the first half of 2022. (ANI)