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There was no way on the Green Land of God that Sony can transmit today PS plus Change of paradigm without a good dose of criticism. Microsoft - The second largest company on the planet with a Warriest of several trillions - changed the game with its Xbox business model, and there is nothing that PlayStation (or least mentioned Nintendo) can do it. This does not, however, make today's news less significant.
PS plus, despite all the criticisms it arouses, is one of the most successful PlayStation products in the last decade. The subscription attracts nearly 50 million members, making it the biggest game subscription in progress. It is also, usually, well regarded: the returns go and come with the quality of the "gifts" monthly, but Sony has been able not only to retain users, but also to develop the service on an annual basis - things impressive.
PS now has been less successful. Originally designed as a streaming service only, PlayStation had the advantage of the first entering this category, which gradually eroded with the reluctance of the organization to improve its offer. He added downloadable games a few years ago, but the stigma of the product has never really changed, and most PlayStation 5 and PS4 players were content to ignore it. A rebranding had been necessary for some time.
Today's announcement, as expected to be, is actually that. Sony Marie PS Plus with PS Now, reducing the price for members who subscribe to both and offering additional options and bonuses in the process. Comparisons with Xbox Game Pass will not disappear, and the elephant in the room is the lack of proprietary versions of the first day, but PlayStation says that this is not sustainable for its commercial model, and we will suppose it has crushed the numbers.
So, what is the main objective of this new approach at several levels of PS more? Well, we do not think that Sony's goal is necessarily the expansion here, but rather the incentive sale. For a $ 40 surcharge on more traditional PS subscription fees, you can access a PS5 and PS4 game catalog, including Returnal and Marvel's Spider-Man: moral miles. The intent signal is strong enough since this ad: it is not the last games, as mentioned above, but they are two of the best that Sony currently has in his library. GOD OF WAR, DEATH STRANDING AND MORTAL KOMBAT 11 are other examples.
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This library will develop over time, and the big Bonnet PlayStation Jim Ryan says that virtually all publishers are on board, ranging from independents to the main thirds. As mentioned, the Sony approach not to include new versions on the first day will be criticized, but it should be recalled that catalogs also have value. Assuming that Sony retains a constant stream of content in this library, there will always be value for new and old subscribers, because all players do not buy all games at launch. A good example is the recent addition of the Guardians of the Marvel Galaxy at Xbox Game Pass - it was not the first day, but there is certainly worth the value to its addition a few months later.
The multi-level approach is also convincing, with respect to us. PS Plus Essential retains all the existing advantages and benefits of the more current PS subscription, while the more extra optional PS adds to the above-mentioned catalog. Then you have more premium ps, which climb the overall annual cost to $ 119.99, but includes conventional titles and streaming features, in addition to what has already been mentioned above. Having a variety of options is not the worst idea in the world when it comes to services like this, as it allows members to decide what is appropriate for their specific needs.
It should be mentioned that although monthly prices are not particularly competitive, annual fees are. Sony says that about two-thirds of its more current PS pays each year, so you actually get a significant discount if you continue to hire. For example, PS Plus Premium would cost you about $ 215.88 if you were paying monthly, but you can get it for $ 119.99 if you buy the year in advance. It's a victory for Sony, because it locks you for at least 12 months, but also a victory for your wallet. It is worth added that, unlike some comments we have seen online, it is also cheaper than Game Pass Ultimate - as it should.
Everything makes sense, then - the disappointment here is the way Sony has any communiqué. Do not deceive yourself, it is clearly the first phase of a multi-step promotional campaign, but we would have liked to know more about the games that will be offered with PS more extra and PS more premium, and on the operation Classic games. Can we expect trophies to be added to PS1 and PSP titles, for example? Will there be backup states and rewind functionality as with Nintendo Switch Online? Everything is unknown.
And since the main benefits here are, ultimately, the games you will have access, it sounds like an oversight not to share a little more about what we can expect and when. How often can we expect new games to be added to the catalogs? Will retro games be added at once or all at the same time? We did not expect Sony to answer all the questions with his initial announcement, but far too many things are kept silent to our taste.
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This healthy skepticism is reflected in our survey on the subject. A fairly reasonable 24% percentage believes that new subscription levels are well, but 21% also expect more information. It will come before the deployment of the subscription in June, and that's good, but we would say that Sony could have done more noise with this announcement being a little more accurate. In this case, we now have a better idea of what the future look like for PS more and we are carefully optimistic about all this - but still, Sony still has a lot to prove.
What do you think about changes to PS plus and you will subscribe to one of its upper levels? You always wait for more information and you are interloaded by the Sony communication strategy? As always, let us know in the comments section below.