After years of having two different services that served different purposes, Sony has finally merged PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus into a single three-tiered service. After the huge success of the Xbox Game Pass, it is no doubt that the main reason for this merging of services is to compete with Microsoft’s subscription service.
PlayStation Plus Extra, the middle tier, is the one most like Game Pass and where it is easiest to compare the two. It has a selection of downloadable PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games from absolute first-party bangers like Returnal, The Last Guardian, God of War, and Spider-Man: Miles Morales to a handful of excellent third-party games like Guardians of the Galaxy, Mortal Kombat 11, Celeste, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla and Red Dead Redemption 2. Then there is a lot of the shovelware leftover, the games that are just there to fill the catalog.
Next, we have PlayStation Plus Premium, the highest of the three tiers, which is off a bit more, especially for PlayStation-only players, and fans off classic PlayStation games since this tier also includes the classic games catalog that includes games from the PS1, PS2, and PS3 era and also includes a few PSP games as well. You can either stream these games, and some of them can also be downloaded on your PS4 or PS5 system.
So in many ways, it is a decent start, but being decent is a bit of a harder sell when Xbox’s alternative has had so long to build to its legendary status. But only time will tell, it is still too soon to see what PlayStation will do with its revamp of the PlayStation Plus.