PlayStation announces new tiers for PS+ Subscription

PlayStation have announced their refreshed PS+ subscription service which will launch this June. Rumours had been playing around as of late that there was going to be some changes to the service to make it more in line with Xbox’s Game Pass service.

The new service will be split into tiers and here is what will be entailed in each and how much it’s going to cost you.

PlayStation Plus essential is the basic starter tier which is the current standard PS+ subscription that includes your free monthly game, cloud storage and online multiplayer access.

Prices for this will be set at:

  • 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 contains all of the above plus access to ‘a catalog of up to 400 PS4 and PS5 games’. So this is basically adding in a certain element of PS Now to the subscription.

Prices for this tier will be set at: 

  • 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

Then we have PlayStation Plus Premium which contains all the stuff from the first 2 tiers, time limited game trials (this will be similar to the EA Play 10 hour trial you get), cloud streaming for PS3 games as well as streaming for original PS, PS2 and PS4 games. 

The price for this tier will be set at:

  • 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

There is going to be one difference and for those markets that don’t have streaming capabilities the premium tier will be names PlayStation Deluxe and have a lower price set for it.

My personal views on the above are, it’s a good start, I think PS had to do something like this, and you can see where they’ve broken down the subs to fit them back together. Well, I say broken down, there wasn’t really anything they could have done to the base PS+ subscription, but you can see how they’ve split out PS Now to get the tiers they’ve got.

For me, if I have to choose one, I would go for the PS Extra Tier, while PS1, PS2 and PS3 games interest me, I don’t have the capacity to be able to stream games comfortably. If one day they were to allow us to download those games and play natively then that’s a whole different ball game. 

I would love to know what people think on this, what tier are you going for? Will you just stick with the basic tier or maybe go for the top one?

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