From 23 June 2022, Playstation Plus must land in France with a whole new formula born from the merger between the current PS Plus and PS Now. The opportunity for us to engage in an excellent comparison between Sony’s offering and Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass, its main competitor. Price, strengths and weaknesses, catalog, let’s make the point together.
As you may know, Playstation Plus is expected to return in a new format on June 23, 2022. This redesign, resulting from the merger of the current PS Plus and Playstation Now, Sony’s cloud gaming service, will offer three different subscription levels.
This project, codenamed Spartacus, was designed by Sony to compete directly with Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass. Knowing this, it was interesting to make a full comparison of offers. Analyze their catalogs, their benefits and their prices, to help you see more clearly before signing up for a subscription.
PS Plus vs Xbox Game Pass: subscription plans
With the new Playstation Plus, Sony and Microsoft are on an equal footing, in terms of the different offers available anyway. In fact, players can choose between three distinct subscriptions. Here they are in detail:
Xbox Game Pass:
- Xbox Game Pass for consoles, aka Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S
- Xbox Game Pass for PC
- Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, an all-in-one formula that also includes access to Xbox Live Gold (required to play online on consoles), xCloud and access to the EA Play and Ubisoft + service catalogs
As for Ubisoft +, negotiations are still ongoing with the French publisher, but several games from the Assassin’s Creed franchise have just landed on the Game Pass, a sign of the good agreement between Microsoft and Ubisoft.
- The essential PlayStation Plus uses the current Playstation Plus formula (access to online gaming, three games offered per month, promotions reserved for subscribers, data storage in the cloud)
- The extra PlayStation Plus includes all the services mentioned above and adds access to a large catalog of PS4 and PS5 games (nearly 400 games at launch)
- The Playstation Plus Premium it incorporates all the functionalities offered by the previous formulas. Additionally, subscribers will be able to access around 350 games for PS1, PS2, PS3, PSP and demos of future PS5 exclusives.
PS Plus and Xbox Game Pass: prices
When it comes to pricing, we tend to give Sony the point. How come ? The Japanese manufacturer offers the option to opt for a monthly, quarterly or annual payment. And of course, Buying within the quarter or within the year saves you money.
In contrast, Microsoft does not yet offer a quarterly or annual subscription to Xbox Game Pass. You will have to settle for a monthly payment, even if the manufacturer offers the first three months at a reduced price on two of its formulas. Here are the prices in detail:
Xbox Game Pass Pricing:
- Game Pass for PC : € 9.99 per month (the first 3 months are € 1) or a total of about € 93 the first year, then about € 120 the following year
- PC gaming console : € 9.99 per month (the first 3 months are € 1, or a total of about € 93 the first year, then about € 120 the following year
- Ultimate Game Pass : € 12.99 per month, or € 155 per year
PlayStation Plus Pricing:
- PS Plus essential : € 8.99 per month / € 24.99 per quarter / € 59.99 per year
- PS Plus Extra: € 13.99 per month / € 39.99 per quarter / € 99.99 per year
- PS Plus Premium : € 16.99 per month / € 49.99 per quarter / € 119.99 per year
The different benefits offered by PS Plus and Xbox Game Pass
As for the Xbox Game Pass, the PC Only formula and the Console subscription allow access only to the catalog of PC games (more than one hundred titles) and console games (more than 350 titles with new regular releases). It should also be remembered that the Xbox Game Pass was recently available on Samsung Smart TVs launched in 2022.
To obtain interesting advantages, you will need to contact Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Here is the content of the offer:
- Access to the entire catalog of PC and console games
- Xbox Live Gold membership for online console play (also includes three to four free games per month)
- Access to xCloud, which allows you to play Game Pass games on an Android device while streaming from the Microsoft cloud
- Access to game catalogs from EA Play and Ubisoft + services
We come now to Playstation Plus. Unlike Xbox Game Pass, each formula offers different benefits. Of course, the Premium formula has the largest number. But again, let’s see all this in detail:
- PlayStation Network access to play online (available through Essential, Extra and Premium plans)
- Access to three free games per month (available through all three offers)
- Exclusive PS Store discounts (available in all three offers)
- The ability to store backups in Sony’s cloud (available in all three offerings)
- Access to more than 400 daysfrom the PS4 and PS5 catalog (available through Extra and Premium offers)
- Access to more than 350 retro games from the PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP catalogs (available through the Premium offer)
- The ability to try out future Playstation exclusives via playable demos (available through the Premium offer)
The catalog of games for PlayStation Plus and Xbox Game Pass
Of course, this is the main argument here and the two services opt for a diametrically different proposition. If you like quantity and retrogaming, the PS Plus in its Premium version seems ideal, as the formula will allow you to access more than 750 games from the catalogs of all Sony consoles (except PS Vita).
But be careful, for the moment the PS5 games are limited in number and it will probably take several months before the PS5 catalog expands. Otherwise, don’t expect to get your hands on the latest Playstation exclusives via your PS Plus Extra or Premium subscription, this is not on the agenda.
On the other hand, Xbox Game Pass doesn’t pay retrogaming (aside from the few retro games offered through Xbox Live Gold), but it will allow access at no additional cost. the latest news coming from the manufacturer and his studiossuch as Starfield, RedFall, Forza Motorsport or Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2. In total, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate allows you to enjoy 500 games, and note that the catalog is constantly expanding (games are withdrawn after some time anyway).
PlayStation Plus and Xbox Game Pass recap
As you may have guessed, both formulas have their advantages as well as their shortcomings. The Playstation Plus gives retro gaming pride of place and has a rather generous catalog, while the Xbox Game Pass (especially in its Ultimate formula) offers a more limited catalog, but it is more oriented towards the most recent versions.
The economic aspect is also a component to be taken into account. Keep in mind that both Playstation Plus and Xbox Game Pass offer subscriptions without obligationso it’s up to you to try them out for a month to determine if one of the services suits you or not (this applies to all formulas).
|Formula||Game Pass for PC||Game Pass console||Xbox Game Pass Ultimate|
|Duration of the subscription||1 month||1 month||1 month|
Xbox Series X and Series S
Xbox Series X and Series S
|Catalog||More than 150 games||Over 300 games||Over 450 games|
|Advantages offered||X||X||Xbox Live Gold
You play with gold
EA Play and Ubisoft +
|Prices||1 € for the first 3 months
€ 9.99 / month
|1 € for the first 3 months
€ 9.99 / month
|€ 12.99 / month|
|Formula||PS Plus essential||PS more extra||PS Plus Premium|
|Brackets||PS4, PS5 and PC||PS4, PS5 and PC||PS4, PS5 and PC|
|Catalog||Nobody||About 400 games for PS4 and PS5||About 750 games from the PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP and PS5 catalogs|
|Free PS Plus Games||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|PS Store discounts||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Access to online multiplayer||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Access to a catalog of games for PS4 and PS5||No||Yes||Yes|
|Access to a catalog of retro games||No||No||Yes|
|Access to exclusive demos||No||No||Yes|
|Price per month||€ 8.99 / month||€ 13.99 / month||€ 16.99 / month|
|Price per quarter||€ 24.99 / month||€ 39.99 / month||€ 49.99 / month|
|Price per year||€ 59.99 / month||€ 99.99 / month||€ 119.99 / month|
So much for this overview of the Xbox Game Pass and the new Playstation Plus. And you, are you going to fall in love with Sony’s new offering? Tell us in the comments.