Sony Reinvents PlayStation Plus, Offers PC Streaming Exclusively at Premium Price Range

We all patiently wait for Sony to offer an Xbox Game Pass competitor. Even if you’re a die-hard fan of Sony’s products and games, it’s hard to deny the value for money Game Pass offers, from games to other offers like a recent Unlimited Marvel Subscription. So it was only a matter of time before the PlayStation Plus service got a rework to offer more games at new prices, and now that rework has been announced.

Still under the name of PlayStation Plus, this new version of the subscription will have three system levels: Essential, Extra and Premium. O blog post from PlayStation details what each level will offer players and what their purposes are.

Essential will be Plus as we know it now. That means discounts, free games to download every month, and online multiplayer access. Note that there is no cheaper alternative if you are only interested in online multiplayer access, Essential is as low as it gets. This will cost you $9.99 / £6.99 monthly, $24.99 / £19.99 quarterly, or $59.99 / £49.99 annually.

View more

PlayStation Plus Extra will provide everything from Essential and an additional library of 400 games from the PlayStation 4 and 5 era. This is partially what PlayStation Now offered before it was included in this subscription service as well. This tier costs $14.99/£10.99 monthly, $39.99/£31.99 quarterly, or $99.99/£83.99 annually.

Finally, PlayStation Plus Premium is where PC gaming will be able to have fun. Essential perks and extras are included, of course, and then another 340 games on top of this library that expands into the era of PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation, and PSP games.

They will be available via streaming or cloud download, but all PlayStation 3 games will be available via streaming only. This layer also allows gamers on PC to stream games, as well as those who own PS4s and PS5s. Premium will also allow players to use a game-testing system that will allow customers to try out games before they buy them. The Premium Tier is $17.99/£13.49 monthly, $49.99/£39.99 quarterly or $119.99/£99.99 annually.

(Image credit: Sony)

Note that cloud streaming is not available in all locations, so there is also a fourth tier in certain territories under the name Deluxe, which will be cheaper and will only offer downloadable games in the Premium tier.

If we’re honest, that might not be enough to attract new players to PlayStation Plus right now. If there was a system where PlayStation games were coming early or even free for the service like Game Pass provides, it could be more appealing. However, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan recently said that offering games on Plus at launch, like Xbox Game Pass, “is not a path we’re going to take with this new service.” He believes that making them available on Plus would affect the quality of his games, according to GamesIndustry.biz.

It’s certainly good that the system’s backlog is more readily available, as there are many of us who miss the old InFamous games, or want to relive the adventures of Ratchet and Clank all over again. But are PC gamers prepared to pay £100 a year to stream old games? That’s for you to decide.

Leave a Comment