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To compete with Microsoft, Sony has launched a new PlayStation game subscription service

Sony plans to introduce a new video game subscription service this summer in order to boost sales of its PlayStation consoles and compete with Microsoft's comparable offering.

The business said on Tuesday that it will combine its existing PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now subscription services into a single PlayStation Plus subscription service. The new PlayStation Plus service will launch in June and will be divided into three tiers:
  • the basic package, PS Plus Essential, replaces the original PS Plus, which offers players two free games each month and access to online multiplayer. It costs $10 a month or $60 for an annual subscription.
  • a step above Essential is PS Plus Extra, which comes with all the same perks as Essential but includes a selection of 400 downloadable PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 titles. It’s priced at $15 monthly or $100 a year.
  • the most expensive package is PS Plus Premium. This one includes 340 more games than Extra, and lets players stream a selection of PS, PS2, PSP, PS3, PS4 and PS5 games over the internet. PS Plus Premium costs $18 a month or $120 each year.
Industry sources saw the move as Sony's answer to Microsoft's Xbox Gaming Pass, a game subscription service that allows customers to download and stream a variety of titles.

Microsoft is investing heavily in Game Pass, acquiring major video game companies such as Activision Blizzard and Bethesda for a combined $76 billion in order to bring their popular titles to the platform.

Xbox Game Pass has been compared to "Netflix for gaming." It lets gamers to play video games through the cloud on their phone, PC, or Xbox console, eliminating the need for costly gear.

Sony announced that its PS Plus Premium service will allow users to stream games to their PCs as well as their PS4 and PS5 consoles. Players will also get the opportunity to check out various games for a limited time before deciding whether or not to purchase them.

In a blog post published Tuesday, Sony's PlayStation president, Jim Ryan, said, "The new Extra and Premium tiers mark a substantial evolution for PlayStation Plus." "Our primary goal with these tiers is to ensure that the hundreds of games we offer contain the highest quality material that distinguishes us."

Death Stranding, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Returnal will be among the games available at launch. Sony stated that it is "working closely" with third-party developers to provide more titles in the future.
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