Revamped PlayStation Plus Rolls Out June 13 In The US
Sony announced PlayStation Plus and PS Now would be merging into a single combined service last month and promised that the combined service would roll out sometime in June. Now that June is fast approaching, Sony has now clarified when and where PS Plus will roll out worldwide.
A message from Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan breaks down the rollout schedule by region:
- Asia markets (excluding Japan) – targeting May 23, 2022
- Japan – targeting June 1, 2022
- Americas – targeting June 13, 2022
- Europe – targeting June 22, 2022
In addition, PS Plus is expanding its cloud streaming feature and its Premium tier of service to several new countries, including Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Republic of Cyprus, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
In case you missed the announcement last March, PS Now is being rolled into PS Plus which is being broken down into three separate tiers. PS Plus Essentials will basically operate the same as PS Plus does now, providing access to multiplayer games as well as a selection of free titles every month. PS Plus Extra adds a library of over 400 PS4 and PS5 games that players can download or stream, while PS Plus Premium throws in even more PS1, PS2, and PSP games to play.
PS Plus Essentials will cost $9.99 per month (or $59.99 per year), PS Plus Extra will cost $14.99 per month (or $99.99 per year), and PS Plus Premium will cost $17.99 per month (or $119.99 per year). There used to be a fun glitch that let everyone get these subscriptions for half off, but Sony sadly put a stop to that.
The new PS Plus is being called Sony's answer to Xbox Game Pass, but there are a few notable differences. First, PS Plus doesn't have nearly as large a library of games as Game Pass, and second, PS Plus won't get big first-party day-one releases as Game Pass does. That said, PS Plus apparently has all major publishers on board, so Sony could expand its offerings quickly if it has the right incentives.
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