Starting in June, PS Now will be discontinued and PS Plus will have three different options, with the base tier — PS Plus Essential — remaining exactly the same. That means online play, at least two free games every month, cloud save storage and game discounts for £6.99/month or £49.99/year RRP ($9.99/month or $59.99/year in the US).
PS Plus Extra is £10.99/month or £83.99/year ($14.99/month or $99.99/year in the US) and includes the same as PS Plus Essential, plus it lets you access a library of up to 400 PS4 and PS5 games to download to your console.
We imagine this will include most of, if not all of, the downloadable PS4 games included with PS Now currently, while Sony has confirmed that big titles like Death Stranding, Spider-Man and Miles Morales, and Returnal will be included too.
Finally, PS Plus Premium — £13.49/month or £99.99/year ($17.99/month or $119.99/year in the US) — adds up to 340 more games, including PS Now's library of streamable PS3 games, while players can stream games using PS4 and PS5 consoles, as well as PC.
Time-limited game trials will also be offered in this tier, allowing customers to try select games before they buy.
But that's not all – a range of games from the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable generations will also be available to stream and download through this tier too.
This is a big extra for retro fans, as PS4/5 only has a small handful of downloadable PS2 games, plus a few games labelled as 'Remasters' that are actually PSP emulations and one PS One game running on emulation as an unlockable bonus in the MediEvil remake.
The rollout starts in June in Asia, swiftly followed by North America, Europe, and the rest of the world where PlayStation Plus is offered. Current PlayStation Now subscribers will be moved to the PS Plus Premium tier at no extra cost for the remaining duration of their subscription when the service launches.
In countries that don't have the cloud streaming service, there will be a PS Plus Deluxe tier offered at a lower price compared to Premium. This option keeps all the benefits from PS Plus Essential and PS Plus Extra, as well as the downloadable retro titles and time-limited game trials.
Inevitably, this revamped service will be compared to Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass, and while there are similarities, there are key differences. Microsoft has been pushing its Cloud Gaming streaming services to phones and tablets, with TV apps coming soon, plus Microsoft has promised all the studios it owns that it will release their games on Game Pass on day one.
While Returnal being free for subscribers is a big draw, having only been released last year, Sony has stated that it is sticking with its model of releasing its big games for people to purchase at launch. Smaller, quirky games, like Bugsnax, and multiplayer-focused titles like Destruction All-Stars and Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, have debuted on Plus, however,