Rumors about the update of the PlayStation Plus service have been circulating for a long time—back in December last year. Then the new project had a working name Spartacus. And finally, Sony has officially announced what the future holds for PS Plus.
As expected, Sony combined PS Plus with another online service—PS Now, and introduced three different tariffs:
1. Basic PS Plus Essential—essentially the same PS Plus. Subscribers to this tariff receive two free games per month, exclusive discounts, cloud storage and access to online multiplayer. The cost of the tariff in the US is $9.99 per month / $59.99 per year, in Europe—€8.99 and €59.99, respectively.
2. PS Plus Extra—in addition to everything that PS Plus Essential offers, this tariff also includes a catalog of 400 games for PS4 and PS5—both proprietary from Sony’s in-house studios and third-party developers. Tariff cost is $14.99 per month / $99.99 per year in the US and €13.99 / €99.99 in Europe.
3. Finally, the “top” tariff, PS Plus Premium. For $17.99 / $119.99 in the States and €16.99 / €119.99 in Europe, users will get all the benefits of Essential and Extra rates, plus 340 additional games for PS3, PS2, PS1 and PSP. Games for the PS3 can only be “restrained” from the cloud, without the ability to download to the console. Moreover, for users in the regions where the PS Now service is currently running, the Premium tariff will provide access to streaming from the cloud of games from the Extra and Premium catalog on the PS4, PS5, and PC consoles.
In addition, in some regions where there is no access to PS Now, an additional tariff PS Plus Deluxe will be offered—an analogue of Premium, but without “cloud” games (and without the PS3 catalog) with a lower tariff.
The updated PlayStation Plus is scheduled to launch in June this year in some countries in Asia, then—North America and Europe. At the same time, Sony promises to open access to “most other countries” by the end of the first half of 2022—that is, almost immediately.