It's finally happen Sony fanboys and girls - PlayStation Plus is getting a huge overhaul and will release in June looking fresher and better value than ever.
Anyone remember PlayStation Now? It was an odd concept where you could access a library of games, but instead of downloading them, you streamed them. Now for John in London with 1GB internet, he's laughing but Jane, in Cornwall, that 3mb line just didn't cut it. So Sony have done what fans have been asking for - give us something, anything that makes switching sides to Microsoft not worth it. And ta da.. PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now have combined.
They've broken the all new PlayStation Plus into 3 categories, each with additional features to the rest.
For those who just want to play their console normally with the old PlayStation Plus that was required, they've changed it to PlayStation Plus Essential. Same product, different name.
We then have two new tiers:
PlayStation Plus Extra
- Provides all the benefits from the Essential tier
- Adds a catalogue of up to 400* of the most enjoyable PS4 and PS5 games.
- And most importantly: Games in the Extra tier are downloadable for play.
Starts at £10.99/$14.99USD
PlayStation Plus Premium
Going to mention before going into the nitty gritty, some of this is only for where PlayStation Now is currently available AND there's no PC in Japan currently.
- Provides all the benefits from Essential and Extra tiers
- Adds up to 340 additional games, including :PS3 games available via cloud streaming
- A catalogue 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.
Details directly from PlayStation Official Blog
Now I am a PC gamer, through and through, but I've never really been that enthusiastic about Game Pass. It's a nice gimmick, but the releases for me always fell short. PlayStation Plus's new look will mean that for an annual subscription, you're looking at a few more pennies in the UK for certain tiers but it's actually cheaper in the US. Conversion rates are strange like that.
I for one am encouraged, especially if I can use it on Desktop - but whether it stands up to the very much loved Xbox Game pass remains to be seen.