Sony has been one of the leading video game companies since its incarnation from leading consoles to services, technologies, and so much more, Sony has been adapting and evolving since revolutionizing gaming with the original PlayStation console, and today has been battling Xbox and Nintendo for the throne of ultimate, favored video game company. Most recently, since announcing the merge of Funimation to Crunchyroll for all anime content, Sony announced that they have created three tiers for their already existing PlayStation Plus service, with some extra goodies for the other tiers, adding to the existing single option plan available to users. Below, we’ve gone into detail on all of the information regarding Sony’s new PlayStation Plus plans to launch in June.
Current PlayStation Plus to be Renamed PlayStation Plus Essential in June
Currently, PlayStation Plus only contains one tier, PlayStation Plus, and of the three new tiers of PlayStation Plus set to launch in June only the first, and cheapest, tier will remain the same in price and content for users that choose not to upgrade to the newer tiers mentioned below. When the new PlayStation Plus tiers launch in June, the current tier will only change its name from simply PlayStation Plus to PlayStation Plus Essential. Meanwhile, in June, the two additional tiers to launch will hold new and different content for users of the platform to choose from, both ultimately dubbed as “a major evolution for PlayStation Plus”, according to the press release on PlayStation Blog regarding the upcoming changes set to launch in June. The price and content of the core PlayStation Plus membership, which will change names in June, will remain the same at $9.99 a month with existing perks such as two free games per month, multiplayer services, exclusive discounts, and cloud storage for saved games.
PlayStation Plus Extra to Launch in June
PlayStation Plus Extra, not yet available and set to launch in June, will be the first of the two tiers coming and cheapest as the tiers will increase in price and content but what separates Extra from Essential and Premium, at first glance, was the single addition that separated the tiers. Although the only difference was five extra dollars a month and the addition of a catalog of “400 of the most enjoyable PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games – including blockbuster hits from our PlayStation Studios catalog and third-party partners.” Sony also stated that games set to become available this way will be available for download, which will guaranteed users ease of access to said games. However, the specific games to be included in the new PlayStation Plus Extra tier to launch in June have yet to be announced. Overall, for the option to download PlayStation’s exclusives from the two newest generations of Sony consoles that will likely include some of the biggest titles created by the studio and third-party partners, it should be worth the monthly price of $14.99 but only time will tell when the new PlayStation Plus launches in June.
PlayStation Plus Premium to Launch in June
Finally, the last tier, and the most expensive at $17.99 a month, will include everything included in the lesser tiers, PlayStation Plus Essential and PlayStation Plus Extra, and more that’s likely to attract fans that want to get the most out of their PlayStation Plus subscriptions, especially if they’re a fan of every generation of PlayStation games as out of the new PlayStation Plus plans set to launch in June, the Premium plan will bring the most content of all. As PlayStation Plus Premium will include everything included in the upper plans, that will include the 400 games that come with the Extra tier but also extras, as stated in the PlayStation Blog, “Adds up to 340 additional games including PlayStation 3 games available via cloud streaming and a catalog of beloved classic games available in both streaming and download options from the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable generations.” Again, while the specific games that will be included in each tier weren’t specifically stated, it could easily be assumed that the games will be both exclusive to the PlayStation console they premiered on, such as the original “Crash Bandicoot” games that weren’t included in the remastered editions, and games that were labeled as a PlayStation “Greatest Hits” game, like “Twisted Metal”. So overall, with the additional games included we could see original PlayStation games come back to life, as well as PSP exclusive titles, such as “Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 Remix”. Additional benefits of PlayStation Plus Premium, set to launch in June, are cloud streaming access for PlayStation, PS2, PSP, and PS4 games offered in the bottom two tiers, Extra and Premium, as well as “time-limited game trials, so customers can try select games before they buy.”