Everything We Know About PlayStations Answer to GamePass in June 2022

Sony Interactive Entertainment Australia has given us the details on the PlayStation Plus changes coming in June. The new system is PlayStation’s answer to the amazing value subscription service on Xbox called GamePass and will introduce a new tiered system to your Sony console that aims to provide customers with a high-quality portfolio of diverse games.

Gamers will have access to three tiers; Playstation Plus Essential, PlayStation Plus Extra, and PlayStation Plus Deluxe.

The evolution of PlayStation Plus builds upon 25 years of expertise in gaming innovation with these changes highlighting PlayStation’s continued efforts to evolve its network services business to match customer preferences.

At launch, PlayStation plans to include titles such as Death Stranding, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11, and Returnal.

Additionally, PlayStation is working closely with first and third-party partners to include some of the best gaming experiences available with a library that will be regularly refreshed.

So let’s take a look more closely at those three tiers.

PlayStation Plus Essential

Benefits

  • Provides the same benefits that PlayStation Plus members are getting today, such as:
    • Two monthly downloadable games
    • Exclusive discounts
    • Cloud storage for saved games
    • Online multiplayer access
  • There are no changes for existing Playstation Plus members in this tier.

Price: for Playstation Plus Essential Remains the same as the current price for PlayStation Plus which is around $79.95 for an annual pass or $11.95 per month.

Price in other parts of the world:

  • United States
    • $9.99 monthly / $24.99 quarterly / $59.99 yearly
  • Europe
    • €8.99 monthly / €24.99 quarterly / €59.99 yearly
  • United Kingdom
    • £6.99 monthly / £19.99 quarterly / £49.99 yearly 
  • Japan
    • ¥850 monthly / ¥2,150 quarterly / ¥5,143 yearly

PlayStation Plus Extra

Benefits

  • Provides all the benefits from the Essential tier
  • Adds a catalogue of up to 400* of the most enjoyable PS4 and PS5 games – including blockbuster hits from our PlayStation Studios catalogue and third-party partners. Games in the Extra tier are downloadable for play.

No official Australian Price yet, but based on current prices our guess is: $19.95 per month or $149.95 per year based on a UK Conversion.

Price in other parts of the world:

  • United States
    • $14.99 monthly / $39.99 quarterly / $99.99 yearly
  • Europe
    • €13.99 monthly / €39.99 quarterly / €99.99 yearly
  • United Kingdom
    • £10.99 monthly / £31.99 quarterly / £83.99 yearly 
  • Japan
    • ¥1,300 monthly / ¥3,600 quarterly / ¥8,600 yearly

PlayStation Plus Deluxe

Benefits:

  • Provides all the benefits of Essential and Extra tiers.
  • Includes a catalogue of beloved classic games from the original PlayStation, PS2 and PSP generations to download and play.
  • Time-limited game trails will also be offered in this tier, so customers can try select games before they buy.

No official Australian Price yet but based on current prices our guess is: $24.95 per month or $179.95 per year based on a UK Conversion.

Price in other parts of the world:

  • United States
    • $17.99 monthly / $49.99 quarterly / $119.99 yearly
  • Europe
    • €16.99 monthly / €49.99 quarterly / €119.99 yearly
  • United Kingdom
    • £13.49 monthly / £39.99 quarterly / £99.99 yearly 
  • Japan
    • ¥1,550 – monthly / ¥4,300 – quarterly / ¥10,250 yearly

The team at PlayStation have said there will be more details as we get closer to the release of this expanded service in June. But it seems they will not be including launch games as part of the subscription in the way that Xbox does with its owned studios making it more of a catalogue of old games from old systems. If that suits you then great. But at this stage, I can’t see any reason for upgrading from the current Essentials package.

The main benefit seems to be the “try before you buy” option in the Deluxe tier, but there isn’t much detail on how long you get it for. Is it timed by the amount of the game completed or rather a 48-hour “hire” period?

Regardless, without the option to have brand new titles on the day of release it feels more like an expansion to the Plus system rather than a true GamePass competitor.

More Details via the PlayStation Blog

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