PlayStation owners are about to get a whole lot more bang for their buck if they subscribe to PS Plus, as Sony expands the service significantly.
The idea of a “Netflix for games” isn’t a totally new concept, and it’s one that’s been around long before Netflix even became the all-you-can-eat movie and TV buffet that it was. is now.
In the 90s, Sega dabbled in the concept of this young gamer, shipping many games to Genesis consoles in the United States (Mega Drive locally), arriving in Sega Channel, which was basically a console cartridge connected to a cable line get a steady stream of games updated every month. It was something ahead of its time before the internet became mainstream, but now that high speeds are common thanks to home broadband, the idea has been revived again.
If you own an Xbox, you might know it better than any other gamer, especially if you have an Xbox Game Pass or Game Pass Ultimate subscription. Basically the modern equivalent, it has a bunch of games for either Xbox or PC – or both on Ultimate – letting you play to your heart’s content, and depending if you have the Ultimate Edition, maybe even play on your phone, computer, or through a Samsung TV using the power of Xbox Cloud Gaming.
It’s something Xbox gamers have had access to for a while, but PlayStation gamers haven’t. While Microsoft has offered an all-you-can-eat service on its Xbox consoles for more than a year, Sony has done without it, offering PS Plus with a few titles provided for free, changing and rotating every month, whether you have a PS4 or if you play on a PlayStation 5.
However, Sony seems to want to change this, as it changes the look of its PS Plus service, and similar to Microsoft, offers multiple tiers depending on what kind of gamer you are.
Announced earlier in the year and launching in Australia this week, PS Plus is expected to offer an assortment of options depending on how much, if any, you want to spend. There are three tiers of PS Plus in Australia, covering Essential, Extra and Deluxe, with each subsequent tier adding an extra cost, but also bringing the features of its lower model as you level up.
At the lowest tier, there’s PS Plus Essential, which all current PS Plus subscribers will essentially transition to. Priced at $11.95 per month or $79.95 per year, it’s the same PlayStation Plus Australian PS4 and PS5 gamers had before, getting one or two free monthly games in rotation each month, plus discounts on games and downloadable content.
Slightly on top, Sony has added a PlayStation Plus Extra plan, which adds $7.95 per month to this cost and almost doubles the annual cost for Australians, bringing the price to $18.95 per month or $134.95 per year for PS Plus Extra.
Aside from the monthly free one or two titles on PS4 and PS5 in the lower tier, PS Plus Extra will offer up to 400 PS4 and PS5 titles to play, essentially expanding and offering a plan similar to Xbox Game Pass, but on consoles PlayStation Instead.
Just above that is the PS Plus Deluxe, which will cost $21.95 per month or $154.95 per year, similar to the cost of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which also tends to be around $150 in Australia. .
Sony’s PS Plus Deluxe plan expands PS4 and PS5 games by adding support for original PSP, PS2, and even PlayStation games playable on current consoles.
“The global launch of the all-new PlayStation Plus represents a massive evolution of our games subscription service offering, and we’re thrilled that fans around the world can now enjoy hundreds of fantastic games available from the PlayStation Plus catalog.” , said Jim Ryan, President and CEO. CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment.
It looks like there’s at least one thing missing in action for Australian PS Plus subscribers, and that’s the assortment of PS3 games that would normally be available. It’s something overseas markets are getting, alongside cloud streaming, which also lacks action it seems for Australian gamers, putting us in the “PlayStation Plus Deluxe (Select Markets)” section listed on Sony’s websiterather than the same PS Plus plan the US gets.
We’re checking with Sony what this means, but it looks like we’re getting a lower version due to broadband issues, a slightly confusing situation given that Xbox managed to overcome these issues with the local availability of Game Pass and Xbox. Cloud Gaming. , but not Sony.
Without those features – without PS3 titles and cloud games – Sony’s new PS Plus service is live and available to anyone with a PlayStation 4 or PS5 console, even if you’ve already subscribed or paid for a PS Plus account. Sony has also confirmed that people will be able to upgrade for a pro-rated fee if they upgrade, meaning they won’t have to pay the full annual cost if they’ve already paid for one. part of the previous year of PS Plus.
For those people, or anyone else for that matter, all three tiers of PS Plus are now available locally.