Sony launches its new game subscription service PlayStation Plus in the Americas

Sony Interactive Entertainment announced today gamers from North and South America can now get the latest version of PlayStation Plus game subscription service, which now has one monthly fee and will include its separate cloud gaming platform, PlayStation Now.

As a result, current PlayStation Plus subscribers will be migrated to the PlayStation Plus Essential tier and will be able to access cloud streaming until their existing subscription expires. There will be no increases in their subscription fees when switching to the higher tier.

Sony will also launch the service in 11 markets in Eastern Europe later this month. This completes the global rollout that began in Asia in late May, bringing the total to 30 markets with access to cloud streaming.

The revamped subscription service may make PlayStation Plus a better competitor to Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass. Sony claims the service will have a more extensive game catalog and that subscribers who take the more expensive plan will have access to benefits such as time-limited game trials and more.

Today, players can dive into titles such as Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Red Dead Redemption 2, Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut and NBA 2K22.

In total, there are over 700 games for players to discover from PlayStation Studios developers such as Insomniac Games, Naughty Dog and Sucker Punch, and third-party partners such as Rockstar Games, Square Enix, WB Games and more.

Also, the game catalog will “refresh and evolve over time, so there’s always something new for gamers to play”, the company wrote:† Its rival Xbox Game Pass, on the other hand, regularly adds and removes titles from the catalog. For example, the subscription service lost seven games in May 2022

The new enhanced service is available in three tiers: PlayStation Plus Essential ($9.99 per month, $24.99 per quarter, or $59.99 per year), PlayStation Plus Extra ($14.99 per month, $39.99 per month). 99 per quarter or $99.99 per year) and PlayStation Plus Premium ($17.99 per month, $49.99 per quarter or $119.99 per year).

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The cheapest tier is much the same as what PlayStation Plus members already get, including two monthly downloadable PlayStation 4 (PS4) and PlayStation 5 (PS5) games, online multiplayer, exclusive store discounts, cloud storage and more.

PlayStation Plus Extra offers the same benefits and an additional game lineup of 400 PS4 and PS5 games available for download.

Meanwhile, PlayStation Plus Premium offers all the benefits of the Essential and Extra plans, plus up to 340 additional games such as PlayStation 3 games available via cloud streaming, classic games from the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2 (PS2) and PlayStation Portable (PSP) . The plan also adds cloud streaming access for original PlayStation, PS2, PSP and PS4 games. In addition, time-limited trials will also be available to players who let them play games for two hours before deciding to buy them.

Classic titles that will be available to PlayStation Plus Premium members sometime in the future include Tekken 2, Siphon Filter, and Ape Escape. Players can expect better frame rates and improved resolution, which was recently updated from 720p to 1080p. In addition, some original PlayStation and PSP titles introduce the ability to save or rewind.

“The global launch of the all-new PlayStation Plus represents a huge evolution of our range of game subscription services, and we’re excited that fans around the world can now enjoy hundreds of fantastic games available in the PlayStation Plus catalog,” Jim Ryan, President and CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment, said in a statement† “The high quality of the content is what sets PlayStation Plus apart, and the service will continue to grow with new monthly game offerings featuring some of the most celebrated titles on PlayStation platforms. We are truly grateful for the passionate support from our PlayStation community over the years.”

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