Sony has finally unveiled the pricing and release window for its long-anticipated competitor to Microsoft’s Game Pass service. Sony’s PlayStation Plus online subscription will revamp the underperforming PS Now imprint and add new features. But will it be enough to compete with Microsoft’s Game Pass?
PS Now is a service that allows PlayStation users to stream a library of games for a monthly subscription fee. However, this service’s messy rollout and poor marketing saw it struggle to compete with Microsoft’s well-advertised Game Pass model. Sony will need to prove that they can go toe-to-toe with Microsoft, or at least offer an appealing alternative that’s worth the monthly subscription fee.
Xbox’s Game Pass service has been an unmitigated success. The service recently broke 25 million subscribers across Xbox systems and PC players. Players who already own an Xbox or a gaming PC can opt for a $10 per month subscription and play dozens of games that retail for $60 or $70 each. This is why the service’s addition of brand-new first-party titles is so compelling.
Sony’s upcoming service, Playstation Plus Extra, will feature a library of up to 400 PS4 and PS5 games. It will cost $15 per month, though users can also opt to pay quarterly or yearly. A three-month subscription will cost $40, while a yearly subscription will come in at $100, offering discounts for players who want to pay in advance.