At the end of each month, PlayStation Plus subscribers can discover the identity of the next free games offered by Sony. A now democratized way of retaining subscribers, at a time when competition is raging, especially on the side of the Xbox’s Game Pass. And a few weeks before the arrival of the new version of PlayStation Plus, Sony could well take the time to make the month of June memorable.
a merger of ps plus and ps now
For months, rumors have been swirling about Project Spartacus, described as Sony’s new service designed to compete with Xbox’s hugely popular and enticing Game Pass. And earlier this year, the Japanese giant finally decided to unveil this new formula, quickly summed up in a merger of the current PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now. Three offers are advanced, called Essentials, Extra and Premium. The first one is deceptively similar to the current PlayStation Plus, the second one adds the carpet a library of 400 PS4 and PS5 titles (available for download) which should extend over the months in which the third, and also the most expensive, will contain the same benefits as the previous ones by adding the possibility of stream PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP (and also PS4 and PS5) games, as well as access to exclusive, time-limited demos.
Offer shown at € 8.99 for Essential, € 13.99 for Extra and € 16.99 for Premium. A new version which will now be released in June, namely in a few weeks. June should therefore be the first of this new PlayStation Plus, the opportunity for Sony to strike a blow. And with good reason, here’s what this service offers:
- 2 games that can be downloaded every month (Essential / Extra / Premium)
- Exclusive discounts (Essential / Extra / Premium)
- Cloud storage for game storage (Essential / Extra / Premium)
- Access to online multiplayer (Essential / Extra / Premium)
- A catalog of around 400 of the best PS4 and PS5 games, including hits from our PlayStation Studios catalog and our third-party partners. Additional level games can be downloaded for offline access. (Extra / Premium)
- A catalog of about 340 games of the best PS3, PSP, PS2 and PS1 games available for streaming via the cloud (for PS3 games) and / or as a download on your console for PSP, PS2 and PS1 games. (Premium)
- Time-limited trial versions will also be offered at this level, allowing players to test them before purchasing them. (Premium)
In Europe, this new PlayStation Plus is scheduled for June 22nd. But as gamers quickly noticed, the essential offering on this new PlayStation Plus is less interesting than the current offering. And with good reason, players can currently and every month claim a total of 4 games. With this new version, only two games can be downloaded, with no new benefits. It is therefore difficult to be enthusiastic about the idea of paying a similar price for a less attractive offer. Following these announcements, players tried to work around the issue by taking advantage of the service’s subscription renewal terms.
declining number of subscribers
“If you subscribe to both services [PS Now, PS Plus] When the new PlayStation Plus launches, you will be migrated to the PlayStation Plus Premium subscription and you will have a new single payment date based on the longer of your two subscriptions.“we can read in the FAQ section at Sony. An ingenious technique that thus enabled a user with a PlayStation Plus subscription that ended at the end of the year and a PlayStation Now subscription that ended in 2025 to see its Premium offer expires with the farthest subscription, namely the one ending in 2025. A technique that was quickly blocked by Sony, which still allowed some gamers to get their hands on the future PlayStation Plus Premium offer at a lower price.
But this week, Sony released its latest financial statement for the fiscal year 2021. After reviewing, it was noted that the number of PlayStation Plus subscribers had dropped drastically. A decline likely linked to the rise in subscription prices and the arrival of increasingly interesting competitors. Thus, PlayStation Plus currently has 47.4 million subscribers, which is witnessing a decline of 600,000 of them, a period of a quarter. But with the advent of their Essential, Extra and Premium offerings, Sony wants to compensate for its drop in revenue by increasing subscription prices. It remains to be seen whether the players will respond.
Sony must therefore strike a blow to make the launch of this PlayStation Plus memorable. But with only two matches planned, it’s hard to believe that the Japanese giant will succeed in making an impression and, above all, convincing. And with good reason, despite months of rumors and speculation, Sony did not convince all players when the details of their Spartacus project were announced. The games offered in June 2022 must therefore present themselves as excellent for calming the spirit, but also for calming. Although the service is mandatory to take advantage of the console’s online services, it is possible that the lack of attractive offers is pushing players towards exit.
On your side, for what offer are you going to crack? Are you already on your way out? Do not hesitate to reply to us via the survey and comment box.