Aside from the cumbersome names, this is a welcome simplification of Sony’s offerings. But it is not without its shortcomings. Some games are only available via streaming, which is something to consider when determining the level. If you don’t have a really good internet connection, or have restrictive data limits, you may not get much value from that level.
What should I do?
Changes to this service will be rolling out to Asian markets in June, with North America and Europe shortly after, so you’ll have time to consider your options.
If you currently have a PlayStation Plus subscription and you’re just as happy with it, that’s great news! You do not have to do anything. Your subscription is now called PlayStation Plus Essential, but otherwise it should remain exactly the same. You keep your library of claimed games and all.
PlayStation Now subscribers will be migrated to PlayStation Plus Premium, but crucially, their price won’t jump right away at launch. Existing subscribers can keep the PS Plus Premium as long as they have already paid without spending an extra cent. If you bought your subscription on a quarterly or even annual basis, you get a number of months on the Premium tier at no extra cost.
If you thought this would be a good time to stock up on PlayStation Now months, Sony was thinking ahead. Only monthly subscriptions are available in the company’s store, and Sony has been purchasing gift cards for PlayStation Now (including 12-month cards) from retailers since January. If you’re lucky enough to own one, maybe wait a while to redeem it.
Will new Sony games go straight to PS Plus?
While most subscriptions from Sony are similar to Xbox Game Pass, a key difference could be a deal breaker for some. Microsoft will add Xbox Game Studios games to Game Pass on the first day of their release, but Sony won’t take that approach. That may not sound like a big deal, but it could be the difference of potentially hundreds of dollars a year.
For example, when Halo Infinite came out, it cost $60 to buy separately, but for Game Pass subscribers, it just appeared in their library. But even players who subscribe to PlayStation Plus Premium will have to pay $70 for Horizon Forbidden West. Since the annual subscription for even the highest tier of PS Plus is only $120, that can be a significant price difference depending on how many new games you play each month.
This means that the value of the higher tiers of PS Plus will depend quite heavily on which games are included in their respective libraries. While 400+ or even 700+ games may seem like a lot, it might not be so worth it if you still have to pay $70 for the one game you really want to play.
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