Sony’s alternative to Xbox Game Pass for PS5 is here. Here’s everything we know about the revamped PlayStation Plus tier system AKA Project Spartacus.
Xbox Game Pass has been around for a while, but in recent years the service has exploded in popularity and changed the way many people experience gaming. The service offers value and convenience, which means Sony eventually had to take notice and create its own Game Pass service for PS5. This is where Project Spartacus comes in.
On March 29, 2022, the long-awaited rival officially announced, outlining its plans and pricing structure
What is Project Spartacus?
Sony’s new combined service of PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now offers gamers a range of options for how they experience their PlayStation gaming.
Players can choose one of three different memberships, each offering a range of benefits, for a monthly or yearly fee.
The PlayStation Plus name has been retained in its entirety, but all PS Now connections have been fully incorporated into the new and improved PS Plus model. Players can still access a range of classic games from multiple PlayStation eras, but a subscription is still required.
along with their announcement Blog, Sony has detailed all three tiers players can subscribe to, and they include all the existing features of a PS Plus membership. Depending on which one you choose, you’ll also have access to a range of PS1, PS3, PS4, PS5, and PSP games.
How much will Spartacus cost?
PlayStation Plus Essential
The Essential Pack is basically what every PlayStation Plus owner gets right now. Free monthly games, access to Sony online services, cloud storage and discounts. If you don’t care about the advanced tiers and additional content fees that apply, then the model is essential for you.
- Two monthly downloadable games
- Exclusive discounts
- Cloud storage for saved games
- Online multiplayer access
PlayStation Plus Essential prices
- United States:
- $9.99 monthly
- $24.99 quarterly
- $59.99 annually
- €8.99 per month
- €24.99 quarterly
- €59.99 annually
- Great Britain
- £6.99 monthly
- £19.99 quarterly
- £49.99 annually
- ¥850 monthly
- ¥2,150 quarterly
- ¥5,143 annually
PlayStation Plus Extra
In addition to all the standard features of PlayStation Plus Essential, fans can upgrade to the “Extra” tier and add a massive library of PS4 and PS5 games to their subscription.
- Offers all the benefits of the Essential tier
- Adds a catalog of up to 400 of the most entertaining PS4 and PS5 games – including blockbuster hits from our PlayStation Studios catalog and third-party partners. Games in the extra tier can be downloaded to play
PlayStation Plus Extra prizes
- United States
- $14.99 monthly
- $39.99 quarterly
- $99.99 annually
- €13.99 per month
- €39.99 quarterly
- €99.99 annually
- Great Britain
- £10.99 monthly
- £31.99 quarterly
- £83.99 annually
- ¥1,300 monthly
- ¥3,600 quarterly
- ¥8,600 annually
PlayStation Plus Premium
The Super Duper tier in the new PlayStation Plus service, Premium, is the most expensive package and includes everything.
- Offers all the benefits of the Essential and Extra plans
- Adds up to 340 additional games including PS3 games available via Cloud Streaming, a catalog of popular classic games available in both streaming and download options from the original PlayStation, PS2 and PSP generations are
- Provides cloud streaming access for original PlayStation, PS2, PSP and PS4 games offered at the Extra and Premium tiers in markets where PlayStation Now is currently available. Customers can stream games with PS4 and PS5 consoles and PC
- This tier also offers time-limited trial versions of games, allowing customers to try select games before purchasing them.
PlayStation Plus Premium Prices
- United States
- $17.99 monthly
- $49.99 quarterly
- $119.99 annually
- €16.99 per month
- €49.99 quarterly
- €119.99 annually
- Great Britain
- £13.49 monthly
- £39.99 quarterly
- £99.99 annually
- ¥1,550 monthly
- ¥4,300 quarterly
- ¥10,250 annually
After studying the official notes, Sony appears to have decided not to include day-one launch exclusives in any of their subscription models.
Xbox Game Pass has been a huge hit with gamers because it offers exactly this service. But for now, it doesn’t look like PlayStation fans will have the same options.
But Sony has said subscribers can expect: “At launch, we plan to include titles like Death Stranding, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11 and Returnal.”
These are obviously the first steps towards a bigger and bolder PlayStation Plus service.
Sony’s revamped PlayStation Plus offerings will be released in a global rollout to different regions from May 23, 2022.
Sony is targeting the Asian markets (excluding Japan) as the first group of recipients, with Japan, America and Europe following shortly thereafter.
Introducing the PlayStation Plus version follows below:
- Asian markets (excluding Japan): Target is May 23, 2022
- Japan: Target is June 1, 2022
- America: Target is June 13, 2022
- Europe: Target is June 22, 2022
In conjunction with the expansion of PlayStation’s cloud streaming access to Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Republic of Cyprus, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, many PS gamers are anticipating massive amounts of content.
Once the new PlayStation Plus model lands, people will have countless options to shop for Sony’s revamped online subscription.
With so many games to look forward to, be sure to check out our content for the following PS5 exclusives.
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