For the first time, Sony has told us when its new three-tier PlayStation Plus service will start. This gives us a good idea of when we can use it.
President and CEO Jim Ryan said in a post on the PlayStation Blog that they’re “making great progress with our launch efforts” and that the service will be available “a little earlier in select markets in Asia, followed by Japan.”
Following that, the article talks about the release dates for four different areas. It took a long time for people in Asia and Europe to get the service. In late May, people in Asia and Europe started getting the service. Schedule: The following is the list of things to do.
- Asia markets (excluding Japan) – targeting May 23, 2022
- Japan – targeting June 1, 2022
- Americas – targeting June 13, 2022
- Europe – targeting June 22, 2022
In addition, Ryan discloses that PlayStation will be extending its cloud streaming access to Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Malta, Poland, the Republic of Cyprus, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia in the near future, as will the rest of Europe. Ryan adds that these newly added regions will have access to PlayStation Plus’s Premium subscription at launch as well, making cloud streaming accessible in a total of 30 markets.
Finally, Ryan thanks the PlayStation community for their “ongoing support” and assures them that more information will be shared “as we come closer to launch” before concluding the post.
Is there anything fresh to report?
After a rush of reports surfaced suggesting that Sony was planning to offer something to compete with Xbox Game Pass, the company finally confirmed the claims late last month.
The new PlayStation Plus has three tiers: Essential, Extra, and Premium, and is effectively a merger of PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now. The Essential tier includes all of the benefits of PlayStation Plus at the same price – monthly games, online multiplayer, cloud storage, and unique discounts.
The Extra tier is a bit more expensive, but it offers all the same advantages as the Essential tier, plus access to a library of up to 400 PS4 and PS5 titles, both from Sony and third parties.
For those who can afford it, Premium is the most costly plan at $17.99 a month (USD $17.99/€16.99/£13.49/1,550). 340 more games are included with Premium, including PS3 titles through cloud streaming, games from the original PlayStation, PS2, and PSP generations, as well as time-limited trials to sample before you purchase. Premium also includes all the features of the previous levels plus 340 additional games.
Many gamers, especially those who are interested in revisiting classic titles that may be difficult to find, should be able to take advantage of the many levels that Sony is giving.
Like Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass, Sony’s service will allow customers access to a wide library of games that can be downloaded and streamed for a low monthly fee. PlayStation Plus, unlike Game Pass, won’t have fresh new first-party products available on day one of their release, which might be a substantial difference for certain users.
Jim Ryan has previously said that Sony is not interested in doing this, telling the PlayStation podcast that “putting these games into a subscription service immediately upon their release would disrupt this virtuous loop, and we wouldn’t be able to invest in the manner that we’re now able to.” As a result, we will not be participating. “We’re going to remain with the strategy that we’ve used for many years and that has served us well.”
To put it another way, Sony’s recently revealed goal release dates are in keeping with its prior announcement that it hoped to make its service available to most countries “by the end of the first half of 2022.”