Sony is beefing up its PlayStation Plus subscription service with new plans and a wider selection of games for gamers to stream or download.
On Tuesday, Sony confirmed will combine the current PlayStation Plus service with PlayStation Now, where gamers can stream a variety of games for one monthly price, on a larger platform.
Starting in June, PlayStation Plus will offer video game console owners three options: an entry-level Essential plan, along with Extra and Premium plans. The Essential plan will cost $59.99 a year or $9.99 a month. The Extra plan will cost $14.99 per month ($99.99 per year) and the Premium plan will cost $17.99 per month ($119.99 per year).
IT’S NOT ONLY YOU:Some Verizon customers are receiving spam text messages from their own phone numbers
ADULT 101:These apps teach life skills young adults need to survive in the real world
“Our focus is to provide high-quality, curated content with a diverse portfolio of games,” said Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, in a statement.
Here’s a breakdown of what each plan offers:
PlayStation Plus Essential
The basic plan will work just like the current subscription, giving consumers two free monthly downloadable games, as well as exclusive discounts. Subscribers also get cloud storage for game saves, as well as access to online multiplayer modes for all games, including “Fortnite” and “Call of Duty.”
More from PlayStation Plus
The Extra plan offers everything in the Essential option, but also offers access to up to 400 games from the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 libraries available for download.
playstation plus premium
Premium subscribers get access to a selection of PlayStation 3 games available to stream, as well as original games from the first PlayStation, PS2, and PlayStation Portable. Subscribers can also stream PS4 and PS5 titles. Sony says that this level gives access to up to 340 additional games. Players can also enjoy trial games for a limited time.
Xbox Game Pass, Netflix-style service
The PlayStation Plus renewal follows growing interest in rival platform Xbox and its Game Pass subscription. Game Pass is a Netflix-style service where gamers pay a monthly fee to access dozens of video games, including titles available on launch day.
Recent Microsoft acquisitions are expected to bolster Game Pass, which is available to Xbox owners for $14.99 per month. Last year, Microsoft completed a deal to acquire ZeniMax Media, which owns the studios behind such video games as “The Elder Scrolls,” “Fallout” and “Doom.”
Meanwhile, Microsoft in January announced plans to acquire “Call of Duty” publisher Activision Blizzard in a deal worth $68.7 billion.
Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23.