PlayStation Plus is being restructured and launching in June to better compete with Xbox Game Pass. Sony has officially announced that PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now will be merged to offer three tiers of membership worldwide. The new base tier, PlayStation Plus Essential, has the same price and benefits as the current PS Plus subscription. There will also be PlayStation Plus Extra, which will offer a catalog of up to 400 PS4 and PS5 games. PlayStation Plus Premium offers up to 740 games including PS3 games and classic games from older consoles including PS2, PS1 and PSP.
As previously mentioned, PlayStation will combine the PS Plus and PS Now subscriptions to offer the benefits of both with a three-tier membership model. PS Now is currently a cloud streaming service that allows gamers to play titles from older PlayStation consoles on PS4, PS5 and Windows computers. Sony has confirmed that current PS Now customers will migrate to the new PS Plus Premium at launch with no increased subscription fee.
For regions without cloud streaming like India, Sony offers the PlayStation Plus Deluxe membership. It is said to have a lower price point than Premium and will include classic games from the original PlayStation, PS2 and PSP for offline play. Its price was not disclosed.
However, unlike Xbox Game Pass, Sony will not offer its first-party titles like Horizon Forbidden West and God of War Ragnarök on the new PlayStation Plus on day one – even at the top tier. When the new PS Plus comes out in June, it will launch with older PS5 titles including Returnal, Spider-Man: Remastered and Spider-Man: Miles Morales, among others.
Sony is planning a phased rollout of the new PS Plus service, with an initial release in various Asian markets in June. Launches will follow in North America, Europe and the remaining global regions where PS Plus is offered. The company plans to make this service available in all PlayStation Network territories in the first half of 2022.
New subscription fees for PlayStation Plus
PlayStation Plus Essential
US: $9.99 monthly / $24.99 quarterly / $59.99 annually
Europe: EUR 8.99 monthly / EUR 24.99 quarterly / EUR 59.99 annually
United Kingdom: £6.99 monthly / £19.99 quarterly / £49.99 annually
Japan: 850 JPY monthly / 2,150 JPY quarterly / 5,143 JPY annually
United States: $14.99 monthly / $39.99 quarterly / $99.99 annually
Europe: EUR 13.99 monthly / EUR 39.99 quarterly / EUR 99.99 annually
United Kingdom: £10.99 monthly / £31.99 quarterly / £83.99 annually
Japan: JPY 1,300 monthly / JPY 3,600 quarterly / JPY 8,600 annually
PlayStation Plus Premium
US: $17.99 monthly / $49.99 quarterly / $119.99 annually
Europe: EUR 16.99 monthly / EUR 49.99 quarterly / EUR 119.99 annually
United Kingdom: £13.49 monthly / £39.99 quarterly / £99.99 annually
Japan: JPY 1,550 monthly / JPY 4,300 quarterly / JPY 10,250 annually
Sony India has yet to announce the fees for this new service. However, acc unconfirmed reports on the web, PS Plus Extra could start at Rs. 800 per month, with Rs. 2,000 quarterly and Rs. 5,000 annual subscription options. PS Plus Premium subscription is believed to start at Rs. 1,000 per month, alongside a Rs. 2,500 monthly plan and Rs. 6,000 annual membership option. As previously mentioned, the base fee for the PS Plus subscription – now PS Plus Essential – will not change.