PlayStation Unveils Game Pass Competitor That Will Let You Play Old Games – Kotaku

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Forget “Netflix for games” for a sec. The conversation to watch this week is “Hulu for games.” Yes, Sony has finally lifted the curtain on its eagerly anticipated overhaul of PS Plus and PS Now, formerly known under the code name “Spartacus.”

The new service has three tiers, the middle level adding over 400 PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games to download, and the third and most expensive (at $120 a year) additionally letting subscribers play PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Portable games from Sony’s back catalog.

The current PlayStation Plus will come to exist as the lowest tier, to somewhat confusingly be called PlayStation Plus Essential. This will keep the two free monthly games and various bonuses current users are familiar with, for the same $10 price.

As expected the new setup will ditch the PS Now name, and instead merge that into the second tier: PlayStation Plus Extra. This is essentially their Game Pass equivalent, with all the Essential tier stuff, and “up to 400″ PS4 and PS5 games, now available to download. That will match Microsoft’s Game Pass Ultimate monthly price at $15.

Finally there’s PlayStation Plus Premium, which includes the previous two levels, then adds in a back catalogue of “up to 340″ PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP games to cloud stream, as well as the ability to cloud stream the PS4 games. It’ll also let you stream your games to PC, and provide time-limited trials of games before you buy them.

Here are the full details via a new PlayStation Blog post:

PlayStation Plus Essential

  • Provides the same benefits that PlayStation Plus members are getting today, such as: Two monthly downloadable games, exclusive discounts, cloud storage for saved games, online multiplayer access.
  • There are no changes for existing PlayStation Plus members in this tier.
  • Price: $9.99 monthly / $24.99 quarterly / $59.99 yearly

PlayStation Plus Extra

  • Provides all the benefits from the Essential tier
  • Adds a catalog of up to 400 of the most enjoyable PS4 and PS5 games – including blockbuster hits from our PlayStation Studios catalog and third-party partners. Games in the Extra tier are downloadable for play.
  • Price: $14.99 monthly / $39.99 quarterly / $99.99 yearly

PlayStation Plus Premium

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