Sony unveils new PlayStation Plus service to compete with Xbox Game Pass.- 🎮

in #r2cornell10 months ago (edited)

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Sony is finally ready to offer an answer to Microsoft's attractive Xbox Game Pass subscription service, with a revamped platform that combines PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus in a new membership program, launching in June and boasting more than 700 titles in its extensive library.

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After months of rumors about Project Spartacus, which was supposed to be Sony's big counterpunch to Game Pass, the Japanese gaming giant has finally revealed how this new live service will work in comparison to its rival. Sony has revealed that PlayStation Now will officially drop from the company's offerings in June, to be replaced by two additional plans in PlayStation Plus.

The first tier is PlayStation Plus Essential ($9.99 monthly / $24.99 quarterly / $59.99 annually), which is aptly named because it is essentially the same as PlayStation Plus and offers all the benefits its members already get today, including.

  • Two monthly downloadable games
  • Exclusive discounts
  • Cloud storage for game saves
  • Access to online multiplayer

The second option is where things get more interesting. PlayStation Plus Extra ($14.99 monthly / $39.99 quarterly / $99.99 annually) will give you all the benefits of the Essential tier, plus 400 games from the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 catalogs. At launch, these titles will include the likes of Death Stranding, God of War, Marvel's Spider-Man, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11 and Returnal, which are among PlayStation's best-selling and most acclaimed games.

Finally, PlayStation Plus Premium ($17.99 monthly / $49.99 quarterly / $119.99 annually) combines both Essential and Extra and adds up to 340 more games from the old PlayStation eras. This tier offers the option to stream and download titles from PS3, PS2, PSP and the original PlayStation, working much like PlayStation Now, which will be retired when the new service replaces it in June.

On the Premium plan, customers will also receive "limited time game trials" before purchasing the title, which is basically what Microsoft is doing with Xbox Game Pass but on a much smaller scale. But if you were expecting Sony to release all of its first-party games on Project Spartacus, as Microsoft is doing with Game Pass, you're in for a big disappointment.

Ultimately, this may serve as a great launch pad for Sony and its live services business, but as commentators like Jason Schreier had already warned, it will undoubtedly be quite some time before they can compete with Game Pass, if ever.

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