The renovation of playstation plus next June marks a new stage for subscription. The Japanese division will offer three modalities with different advantages, including the merger of PS Now and the commitment to give more presence to the catalog of its previous consoles. Where are they compared to the model proposed by Xbox? We put the two highest modalities of each subscription face to face and highlight their differences.
Comparison table: PS Plus Premium vs Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
PS Plus Premium vs. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
|PS Plus Premium||Xbox Game Pass Ultimate|
|Access to online multiplayer||Access to online multiplayer|
|Two downloadable games per month||Four downloadable games per month|
|exclusive discounts||exclusive discounts|
|Free additional content||Rewards and free bonus content|
|Limited Time Play Trials||Limited Time Play Trials|
|Catalog of up to 740 PS5, PS4, PS3, PS2, PSX and PSP games||Catalog of over 450 Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Xbox and PC games (including those available on EA Play). Xbox Game Studios releases on day one|
|Access to part of the PS Plus Premium catalog via the cloud on PS5, PS4 and PC||Access to part of the Xbox Game Pass catalog via the cloud on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, tablets and iOS and Android mobile devices. Touch control on mobile platforms in supported games.|
|Cloud storage for game saves||(Cloud storage for free in-platform game saves)|
The main difference between the two services is of course the desire to renew its catalog of current generations. Microsoft was firm in its decision a few years ago: all games from its in-house studios will debut on day one on Xbox Game Pass. Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5, Gears 5 and Microsoft Flight Simulator have been among the biggest in recent years, while names like Starfield, Fable and the next Forza Motorsport.
PlayStation, on the other hand, follow another strategy of “level of investment” that their studies must achieve “the virtuous circle” in which their studies find themselves. They will not include their productions as launches, but rather they will rely on a digital library that “will be renewed periodically” between proprietary and third-party titles. In June, subscribers to Extra and Premium modes will be able to access Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Returnal and Mortal Kombat 11, among others.
The position of the two in the streaming market in the cloud is also different. Microsoft in recent months has diversified its offering into more platforms compared to Sony. Xbox Cloud Gaming is available across the Xbox ecosystem, including Xbox One, web browser on PC, iOS and Android mobile devices, and tablets. PlayStation, on the other hand, will continue to offer the same platforms as PS Now so far: PS5, PS4 and PC.
Additionally, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate integrates the benefits of other subscriptions around its ecosystem. And we’re not just talking about Xbox Live Gold, but about EA Game. In the case of Electronic Arts, you can expect exclusive discounts on their games, 10-hour trials on their latest releases, and the introduction of their productions after a few months on the market.
Comparison table: Mods of the new PS Plus
PS Plus Terms and Conditions Chart as of June 2022
|PlayStation Plus Essential||Additional PlayStation Plus||PlayStation Plus Premium|
|Two downloadable games per month||All the benefits of Essential mode||All the advantages of the Essential and Extra modalities|
|exclusive discounts||Catalog of up to 400 downloadable games for PS4 and PS5||Catalog of up to 340 PS3 (streaming only), PS2, PSX and PSP games downloadable or via cloud streaming from PS5, PS4 and PC.|
|Cloud storage for game saves||Access to play trials for a limited time|
|Access to online multiplayer|
When will the new PS Plus arrive and what will happen to current subscriptions?
We remind you again that the new PS Plus will arrive next june. Once done, the current subscriptions on PlayStation will disappear, giving its members one mode or another depending on what they have at the time of the change.
Users of the current PS Plus, for example, will be part of PS Plus Essential, the basic mode. This first lens offers the same advantages as the version known to all in recent years. Instead, if you have PS Plus and PS Now, you’ll receive the higher, PS Plus Premium; those who only have PS Now will also join the higher value mode. The exchange of subscriptions will be extended until the renewal term of your current subscription. PS Now as we know it today is going away.