Sony’s much-vaunted new version of its PlayStation Plus subscription service launches in North and South America today, June 13, ushering in what Sony calls a “new era” for the membership program.
With the update, users can subscribe to PlayStation Plus Essential, PlayStation Plus Extra, and PlayStation Plus Premium, each offering their own tier-based benefits. For more details, check out GameSpot’s breakdown of the new PlayStation Plus program.
PlayStation’s Jim Ryan said in a statement that the launch of the new version of PlayStation Plus represents a “massive evolution of our gaming subscription service offering.”
He added: “The high caliber of content is what sets PlayStation Plus apart, and the service will continue to grow with new monthly game deals that include some of the most celebrated titles on PlayStation platforms. We are truly grateful. passionate support from our PlayStation Community over the years.”
One of the benefits of the new version of PlayStation Plus is the catalog of titles from first-party and third-party studios that members of higher tiers can play at no additional cost. At launch today, players can dive into titles like Red Dead Redemption 2, Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and NBA 2K22, among others. The lineup will “refresh and evolve over time,” much like how Xbox Game Pass regularly adds and removes titles from the catalog.
To learn more, check out a list of the more than 400 titles available in the catalog.
Members of higher tiers also get access to classic titles coming in the future, including Siphon Filter, Tekken 2, and Ape Escape. Gamers can expect better frame rates and improved resolution. Additionally, some original PlayStation and PSP titles will introduce the ability to save or rewind.
Another notable element of the new PlayStation Plus is that anyone currently subscribed to PlayStation Now will have their subscription upgraded to Premium tier with nothing more.
PlayStation Plus already launched in Japan and other Asian markets. The original version of PlayStation Plus debuted in 2010, and Sony claims it was the first console subscription program to offer a “regularly refreshed library of monthly games”. PlayStation Now, meanwhile, launched in 2014 and is said to be the first console streaming service.
In other PlayStation news, The Last of Us 2 has sold 10 million copies and a standalone multiplayer game is coming, while a The Last of Us remake for PS5 is also in the works.
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