business news PlayStation Plus, Game Pass: Our comparison to see it more clearly
The ex-Spartacus brandishes his arms. With the new PlayStation Plus formulas unveiled yesterday, Sony hopes to draw on the 48 million PS Plus subscribers to highlight the features of PlayStation Now. By combining its two services and multiplying the price proposals, the Japanese company hopes to attract a significant number of players. With everything announced, it’s easy to get lost between what PlayStation Plus does and what Game Pass does. That’s why we compare subscriptions across all major categories of price, number of games, availability of new titles, retro apps, and streaming.
In France, the PlayStation Plus offer is divided into 3 formulas. Each formula brings its own set of advantages and requires its own financial investment. In fact, at the end of June 2022, users will be able to choose the Essential option (PS Plus as we know it with two games included each month and the possibility of playing online), Extra (the benefits of ‘Essential plus access to a catalog of 400 PS4 and PS5 software), and Premium (the additions of Essential and Extra, with the possibility of playing PSOne, PS2, PS3, PSP and accessing the latest releases for a limited time).
|PlayStation Plus Offer||Price 1 month||Price 3 months||Price 12 months|
|Essential||€8.99||€24.99 (€8.33/month)||€59.99 (about €5/month)|
|Extra||€13.99||€39.99 (€13.33/month)||€99.99 (about €8/month)|
|Cousin||€16.99||€49.99 (about €16/month)||€119.99 (about €10/month)|
|xbox offer||Price 1 month||Price 3 months||Price 12 months|
|living gold||€6.99||€19.99 (€6.66/month)||€59.99 (approx. €5/month) (withdrawn from online sales)|
|Game Pass console or PC||€9.99||€29.97 (€9.99/month)||€119.88 (€9.99/month)|
|ultimate game pass||€12.99||€38.97 (€12.99/month)||€155.88 (€12.99/month)|
As a reminder, Game Pass Ultimate includes Game Pass console (€9.99/month), Game Pass PC (€9.99/month) and Xbox Live Gold (€6.99/month) at the price of €12.99 per month. month. Important clarification, a Game Pass console subscriber who does not have the Ultimate formula needs to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold to play online (except to play for free).
The thing to remember about the prices charged by Sony and Microsoft is that the Japanese giant offers decreasing prices depending on the duration of the commitment, something that the American giant does not do with Game Pass (console, PC or Ultimate). That’s why the one-year PlayStation Plus Premium package (€119.99) is cheaper than one year of Game Pass Ultimate (€155.88).
the number of games
The number of games that subscribers of the different services will have access to varies according to the formulas. In short, the more expensive it is, the more there is a catalog full of titles to (re)discover.
|Extra||400 PS4 and PS5 games|
|Cousin||740 games (400 PS4 and PS5 games + 340 PSOne, PS2, PS3, PSP games)|
|personal computer||about 330 games|
|Console||about 300 sets|
|Latest||About 360 games|
PlayStation Plus Essential subscribers can get 2 games.offered” per month, compared to 4 for Xbox Live Gold subscribers (2 One apps + 2 360 apps).
The availability of new games.
Sony explained that the new PlayStation exclusives will not be available in day one, regardless of the PlayStation Plus plan purchased. Jim Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, told us Explain that if first party games came to PS Plus as soon as they were released, it would break the “virtuous circle” launched and would lower the quality of the projects. However, the Japanese firm will offer trial versions of the latest releases so that players can try the titles before buying them.
On the Microsoft side, it’s the opposite. First Party and Bethesda productions arrive on D-Day on Game Pass. This means that the aura, ForzaHorizon, star field, Fableand others Condemn are available for download on the day of their release. The Redmond firm is strongly committed to this model and plans to buy Activision-Blizzard to bring all the company’s titles (such as Obligations or Devil) on day one on GamePass. Thanks to a partnership with Electronic Arts, new releases from the American publisher (fifa, two are requiredetc.) will also be available a few months after their release.
In both PlayStation Plus and Game Pass, there are solutions reserved for subscribers so that they can (re)play old titles. At Sony, the Premium formula offers 340 games from the PSOne, PS2, PS3 (streaming exclusively) and PSP eras. This catalog of old games is much larger than that of Game Pass Ultimate, where around sixty Xbox 360 and Original Xbox games can be played. We remind you that Microsoft has a backward compatibility program that allows those who own old Xbox 360 and Original Xbox games to play them again by putting the cake on an Xbox One or Xbox Series. This feature is not present on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
|PlayStation Plus Premium||340 PSOne, PS2, PS3 and PSP games|
|ultimate game pass||Approximately 63 Xbox 360 and Original Xbox games|
PlayStation Plus Premium and Game Pass Ultimate have solutions to let their subscribers have fun streaming. At Sony, Premium members can launch PSOne, PS2, PS3, PSP and PS4 software in the cloud. PS5 titles cannot be streamed. At Microsoft, not all Game Pass Ultimate games are necessarily playable in the cloud – there are still some exceptions (especially among games from the first two Xbox generations).
PlayStation Plus brings streaming fun to PSOne, PS2, PS3, PSP and PS4 games for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC. Game Pass Ultimate lets you play a selection of apps from all Xbox generations in the cloud on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and mobile devices.
The new PlayStation Plus will arrive at the end of June 2022. Sony has announced that PlayStation Plus members will automatically upgrade to Essential, while PS Now subscribers will upgrade to Premium at no additional cost.
By meatbeeJournalist jeuxvideo.com