Sony is set to completely rebrand PlayStation Plus in June, with the subscription service set to offer new tiers of membership, as well as more than 700 games for members to enjoy.
There had been calls for the Japanese tech company to bring out an Xbox Game Pass equivalent after the launch of the PlayStation 5 in November 2020. That finally looks set to become a reality, with the all-new PlayStation Plus offering gamers three different tiers of membership.
Tier one is 'PS Plus Essentials', which is available for a baseline £6.99 per month, tier two is 'PS Plus Extra' for £10.99 per month, while tier three is 'PS Plus Premium', which will set you back £13.49 per month.
The Essentials tier will be very familiar to existing PS5 users, as its offering is virtually identical to what you already get with a PlayStation Plus pass now.
However, the Extra tier is where things get interesting, as users will be able to play up to 400 PS4 and PS5 games with their membership.
Premium, meanwhile, offering the best of the best in terms of subscriptions, gives fans access to over 700 game titles, a catalogue of "beloved classic" games, as well as cloud streaming access for original, PS, PS2, PSP and PS4 games. Furthermore, Premium members will be able to play time-limited game trials, while also getting all of the benefits a PS Extra member would get.
While no official release date has been announced, we do know that the new service will be up and running in June sometime, and that it will be available for users in Asia, followed by North America and Europe.
“The new Extra and Premium tiers represent a major evolution for PlayStation Plus,” says PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan. “With these tiers, our key focus is to ensure that the hundreds of games we offer will include the best quality content that sets us apart.”
Right alongside the launch, Sony also plans to release games like Death Stranding, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11, and Returnal on the PS5.
However, they aren't promising to make all of their upcoming exclusive PlayStation games available on launch day through this new subscription service.
While not perfect, this is most certainly a positive step in the right direction for PlayStation Plus after far too many years of neglect.