PlayStation Plus rebrand draws mixed reactions following official announcement
By Ray Ampoloquio
March 28, 2022
After several leaks and reports from trusted sources, Project Spartacus is finally here.
Sony officially confirmed the upcoming PlayStation Plus rebrand, which is scheduled to arrive as soon as June 2022, and it's something.
The rebranded PlayStation Plus is a three-tier service that merges PS Plus and PS Now, among others.
The first tier, PS Plus Essential, is effectively just the current PS Plus subscription right down to the price albeit made to look "cheaper".
The next tier, PS Plus Extra, costs $14.99 a month or $99.99 a year, and comes with everything from PlayStation Plus Essential but with access to some 400+ PS4 and PS5 games.
Finally, the most expensive tier, PS Plus Premium, will set users back $19.99 a month or $119.99 a year.
As expected, Premium combines all the first two tiers with other freebies such as cloud streaming as many as 340 PS3 titles as well as classic PS1, PS2, and PSP games.
In addition, Sony is giving Premium subscribers time-limited game trials so they can demo games before buying them.
In select markets without cloud streaming, Sony is replacing PS Plus Premium with a cheaper variant, PS Plus Deluxe, which it claims will come with everything else included in Premium.
As for users with existing subscriptions, Sony confirmed that PS Plus subscribers in June will automatically get PS Plus Essential.
Meanwhile, those with an active PS Now subscription will get the most expensive offering, PS Plus Premium, or, in some markets, PS Plus Deluxe.