Xbox Game Pass has established itself as the gold standard in the world of gaming subscription services. Xbox gamers may have access to over 400 games for $9.99 each month, with some of them included on launch day. This is why Microsoft’s game subscription service might be the finest gaming value. Sony will soon combine its long-running PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now services into a new PlayStation Plus, not to be beaten by its competition.
The new PS Plus service, which will be available in various areas in late May and early June, will provide numerous titles each month at a low fee, similar to Xbox Game Pass. Is the new PlayStation Plus, however, a true competitor to Xbox Game Pass?
Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Plus: Price Comparison
The new PlayStation Plus service will be divided into three levels. The PlayStation Plus Essential tier is the most affordable option. In the United States, it begins at $9.99 monthly / $24.99 quarterly / $59.99 annually, while in the United Kingdom, it starts at £6.99 monthly / £19.99 quarterly / £49.99 yearly.
This membership includes two downloaded games each month, unique PlayStation Store discounts, cloud storage for stored games, and online multiplayer access. This is identical to the existing PlayStation Plus service, which is accessible on both PS5 and PS4. If you have a PlayStation Plus subscription, you will immediately be added to this tier. The next tier up is PlayStation Plus Extra, which is the most similar to Xbox Game Pass. It costs $14.99 a month, $39.99 quarterly, and $99.99 yearly in the United States, and £10.99 per month, £31.99 quarterly, and £83.99 yearly in the United Kingdom. Extra contains all of the benefits of Essential, as well as access to a portfolio of up to 400 of the top PS4 and PS5 titles, as well as several third-party creators. This tier includes all downloadable games.
The most expensive tier, PlayStation Plus Premium, has the most to offer. This tier, as we stated in our initial coverage of the story, is essentially a PlayStation-centric version of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Premium costs $17.99 per month, $49.99 per quarter, and $119.99 per year in the United States, and £13.49 per month, £39.99 per quarter, and £99.99 per year in the United Kingdom. This includes everything from the previous tiers, plus an extra 340 games. PS3 games, as well as games from the original PlayStation, PS2, and PSP generations, will be available for cloud streaming. Legacy games for consoles other than the PS3 will be available in both streaming and download formats. With this tier, you’ll also get time-limited game trials (game demos).
Sony has unveiled its PlayStation Plus Premium game lineup, which includes heavy-hitters like Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Demon’s Souls, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and others. The service will relaunch with 105 titles, including first- and third-party content. These games will also be available to PlayStation Plus Deluxe and Premium subscribers. Members of PlayStation Plus Essential will have access to the same services that PS Plus members currently have, namely a few free games per month rather than the entire library. More information can be found in our complete PS Plus tier comparison. Xbox Game Pass is divided into two main tiers. The cheapest plan is $9.99 per month or £7.99 per month for Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. You’ll gain access to the entire Game Pass Games library. Windows PCs have their own Xbox Game Pass, which costs $9.99 (£7.99) per month. This provides you with access to over 400 PC games.
The premium tier of Xbox Game Pass is called Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. It costs $14.99 or £10.99 per month and includes access to Xbox and PC games as well as cloud streaming and save syncing across all three platforms. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes Xbox Live Gold as well. This gives you access to Xbox online services and two free games each month. It also comes with an EA Play membership, which allows players to access EA’s online game subscription service as part of Game Pass for Xbox and PC.
Xbox Game Pass vs. PlayStation Plus: What Are the Differences?
Currently, Xbox Game Pass has over 400 games available, with Microsoft adding more over time. This includes games from all Xbox generations, beginning with the original 2001 console and ending with the current Xbox Series X/S.
The Halo, Gears of War, and Forza series are among the first-party offerings. With Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision and Bethesda, Xbox Game Pass now includes (and will soon include) franchises such as The Elder Scrolls, Doom, Wolfenstein, Redfall, and many more.
Xbox Game Pass also includes third-party games such as Rainbow Six Extraction and Hitman Trilogy. As previously stated, EA Play games such as Star Wars Squadrons and Battlefield 1 will be included in Game Pass Ultimate. We could go on, but suffice to say that Xbox Game Pass offers a diverse selection of first- and third-party games. The PlayStation Plus Premium subscription will include over 700 downloadable and streamed games from the original PlayStation, PS3, PS3, PSP, PS4, and PS5. Sony made no mention of Vita titles being included.
PlayStation has a larger selection of first-party offerings because it has been around for over 25 years. Legacy franchises such as Ratchet & Clank, Sly Cooper, Jak & Daxter, God of War, and Metal Gear Solid will most likely be playable on PlayStation Plus Premium. Horizon, The Last of Us, and Uncharted are among the newer franchises on offer. PlayStation Plus Premium, like Game Pass, offers a slew of third-party titles. It includes Red Dead Redemption, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition, and the Batman Arkham series. Smaller gems include Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo, Guacamelee, LittleBigPlanet, and others.
Xbox Game Pass vs. PlayStation Plus: Play Anywhere
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes Xbox Cloud Gaming, allowing you to play Xbox games on a variety of platforms. Android phones can use the Xbox Game Pass app, iOS and Mac devices can use the Safari browsers, Chromebooks can use the Chrome browser, and Xbox consoles and Windows PCs can use the Xbox Game Pass and Xbox app, respectively. With a good internet connection, you can play Xbox games on a variety of devices from anywhere.
PlayStation Plus, like PlayStation Now, lets you stream games to your PS4 and PS5 consoles, as well as your PC. Sony made no mention of an Xbox Cloud Gaming-style app for mobile platforms.
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Xbox Game Pass vs. PlayStation Plus: Day One Games
The fact that all first-party Xbox games are available from the start is what makes Xbox Game Pass so appealing. For a monthly fee of $15 (for Game Pass Ultimate), you can play games like Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5, and Gears of War 5 on the day they are released. Xbox Game Pass subscribers will eventually receive titles like Starfield, as well as the next Elder Scrolls and Fallout games, at launch.
At launch, none of the PlayStation Plus tiers appear to include first-party games. When GamesIndustry.biz(opens in new tab) asked PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan if Sony first-party games would be added to PlayStation Plus, he responded, “This is not a road we’ve gone down in the past.” And that is not the path we intend to take with this new service.”
“We feel that if we do that with the games that we make at PlayStation Studios, that virtuous cycle will be broken,” Ryan added. The level of investment that we need to make in our studios would be impossible, and we believe that the resulting impact on the quality of the games that we make would be undesirable to gamers.” Sony’s position may change in the future. However, don’t expect first-party exclusives to be available on PlayStation Plus as soon as they are released.
Which is better, Xbox Game Pass or PlayStation Plus?
On the surface, Xbox Game Pass, particularly Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, appears to be superior to PlayStation Plus Premium. Not only is it $2 cheaper per month, but Xbox Cloud Gaming allows you to play Xbox games on mobile devices and web browsers. Most importantly, at launch, Xbox Game Pass includes both first- and third-party games. This alone may persuade some people to opt for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate over PlayStation Now. There are, however, other factors to consider. God of War: Ragnarok may not be available on PlayStation Plus Premium at first, but it and all future PlayStation exclusives may eventually make their way to Sony’s subscription service. If you’re a patient gamer who doesn’t need to play games right away, you’ll most likely get newer releases sooner or later.
There’s also the fact that PlayStation Plus Premium provides access to hundreds of titles across five generations of PlayStation consoles. Even if you must stream some games, having access to classic PlayStation titles is not to be overlooked. The PlayStation Plus Premium game library will continue to grow, with both new and old titles. And, given the fact that Starfield and Redfall have been pushed back to 2023, Game Pass may become less appealing. Of course, if you only have a PlayStation or an Xbox, you should subscribe to the service for that system. If you own both consoles, you may want to subscribe to both services if you can afford them. As things stand, gamers should get excellent service regardless of which subscription they choose.