It goes without saying that PlayStation Plus is the most important subscription for PlayStation fans. With that in mind, Sony has decided to change the subscription service, giving its members more choices. However, are these choices worth it, or is it a bad deal?
Continue to read to find out our opinion on the new PlayStation Plus subscription.
Bolstering close to 50 million subscribers, PlayStation Plus is easily one of the most popular and profitable gaming subscriptions. However, given that online play requires an active PlayStation Plus subscription might influence the large numbers of members. Although there are a lot of members claiming monthly games from the service, these two aspects are the only selling point of the subscription. Until now.
It is no secret that PlayStation holds many popular IPs and that most of their games have a resounding success. When it comes to delivering these games as part of a service, Sony has strayed from introducing them relatively close to their release date, like Xbox does with their day one releases on the Game Pass. However, PlayStation Now represents the solution for them, as they delivered more than 800 games on the service.
Currently, games all the way from the PS2 era can be played from the service, but a lot of PlayStation fans seem to not be happy with the cloud streaming option for PS3 games. The service has been known to have problems with latency and disconnections in the past, and a result not many people haven’t properly tried it, which could translate in the approximately 3 million subscribers, a tiny number in comparison with PS Plus.
What is new?
Sony plans to integrate both PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now under one service, keeping the PS Plus name. By a blog post, they have detailed that the new subscription service will have a total of three tiers. They are described as follows:
PlayStation Plus Essential
- 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.
PlayStation Plus Extra
- Provides all the benefits from the Essential tier
- Adds a catalog of up to 400 of the most enjoyable PS4 and PS5 games – including blockbuster hits from our PlayStation Studios catalog and third-party partners. Games in the Extra tier are downloadable for play.
PlayStation Plus Premium
- Provides all the benefits from Essential and Extra tiers
- Adds up to 340 additional games, including:
- PS3 games available via cloud streaming
- A catalog of beloved classic games available in both streaming and download options from the original PlayStation, PS2 and PSP generations
- Offers cloud streaming access for original PlayStation, PS2, PSP and PS4 games offered in the Extra and Premium tiers in markets where PlayStation Now is currently available. Customers can stream games using PS4 and PS5 consoles, and PC.
- Time-limited game trials will also be offered in this tier, so customers can try select games before they buy.
They have also detailed that in select markets where streaming and PS Now is not available, a new tier called PS Plus Deluxe will replace the Premium one. It will be cheaper than the most expensive tier, as it will not have PS3 games via cloud streaming. Current markets where PlayStation Now is available: US, Canada, Japan, UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden.
Is it worth it?
When it comes to the value of a subscription, we must look at what it offers and how much it costs. As mentioned previously, the new PlayStation Plus will offer a lot of games, including games from the new PS5. However, only the most expensive tier will grant access to the vast catalogue of PS3 games, as well as from the original PS, PS2, and PSP, which haven’t been available until now. Admittedly, there were a few PS2 games on the service, yet they were far from a good selection of games. One interesting thing is that these games from legacy consoles will be able to be accessed via download and not cloud streaming, like the PS3 titles.
However, the value of this last tier is highly dependable on the lineup of games PlayStation is willing to deliver. Its selling point is certainly the catalogue of legacy console games, as the PS3 games are already on the platform. Another thing that might make people jump in the Premium tier is if the cloud gaming service is vastly improved. There are tens of games that are left forgotten on the PS3 console, and many people have not had the pleasure of playing them. As a result, it would benefit PlayStation a lot if the service would have a refresh and the issues with streaming would be solved.
What about the price?
As for the price of the tiers, they are highly debatable as well. The first tier, Essential, is basically the classic PS Plus service, keeping its $9.99 monthly / $24.99 quarterly / $59.99 yearly price. The Extra tier will only introduce PS4 and PS5 games from PS Now and will cost $14.99 monthly / $39.99 quarterly / $99.99 yearly. The Premium tier will cost $17.99 monthly / $49.99 quarterly / $119.99 yearly and add PS3 games via cloud streaming as well as classic games from legacy consoles.
It goes without saying that both the Extra and Premium tiers have a hefty price tag. For $100 and $120 respectively, they are quite expensive. What is more interesting is the small price difference between the two tiers. Sony is certainly pushing for the most expensive tier, and frankly, when looking at both tiers, it is worth considering.
Most probably, most of the actual subscribers will remain on the Essential tier, as they do not want or do not have a reason to buy the higher tiers. In terms of value for money, it is highly dependable on the quality of streaming regarding the PS3 games, as well as the catalogue of classic games that PlayStation wants to deliver. Time will tell, and as the changes are due to roll out in June, we will have to see what new details they will tell us about the new PlayStation Plus.
What do you think? Will you buy a new tier when the new service rolls out? Or will you just remain with the current benefits from the Essential tier? Let us know in the comments below!
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