PlayStation looking to compete with Xbox Game Pass with subscription and streaming options
It looks like PlayStation is finally getting serious about trying to compete against the Xbox's biggest selling point.
Xbox launched its game subscription service Xbox Game Pass in 2017. Xbox Game Pass is probably the best deal in gaming right now.
For $10 a month — or $15 a month for the Ultimate package that also includes an Xbox Live Gold membership (which itself cost $10 a month and is required to play most games online) — Xbox Game Pass gives subscribers unlimited access to more than 100 games. That includes every game released by Xbox Game Studios, including the recently released and excellently reviewed "Halo Infinite" and "Forza Horizon 5," being released on Game Pass the same day to stories.
The service is available on both Xbox consoles and PC, and if I played on either of those platforms, subscribing to Xbox Game Pass would be a no-brainer.
PlayStation has a couple of services currently that sort of compete with Xbox Game Pass, but fall short of what Microsoft has offered.
PlayStation Plus is the monthly subscription required to play games online, and it includes three or more free games each month for PlayStations 4 and 5.
There's also PlayStation Now, which is a streaming/download service. The biggest downside with PlayStation Now, unlike Xbox Game Pass, is that it doesn't include new games and instead allows gamers to stream games from the PlayStation 2, 3, and 4 library.
But a new report from games journalist Jason Schreier at Bloomberg says PlayStation is finally preparing its own service to go head-to-head with Xbox Game Pass.
According to Schreier, PlayStation plans to combine PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now into one service that likely will keep the PlayStation Plus name.
The upgraded PlayStation Plus would be available in three tiers. The base tier essentially would be just what PlayStation Plus is today, allowing you to play games online and a few free titles each month.
The next tier, according to Bloomberg, would offer a large catalog of PlayStation 4 and eventually PlayStation 5 titles. The third tier would add a library of PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP games and other features like extended game demos.
According to Bloomberg, this upgraded PlayStation Plus service is expected to launch next spring.
PlayStation almost always has been playing catchup to Xbox when it comes to online services. If this rumor about the updated PlayStation Plus service is true, it will go a long way in helping PlayStation to catch up to Xbox Game Pass.
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