It is this week that the new PlayStation Plus will be launched in Europe and then in France. From 23 June the service will evolve to offer a more complete offer with new benefits and above all three different levels of subscription. With this version of PS Plus, Sony is getting a little closer to Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass.
A few hours after the implementation of this new PS Plus, we suggest a comparison between the two services to discover the strengths and weaknesses of both parties.
- To know everything about the Xbox Game Pass, do not hesitate to discover our complete card at this address.
- To know everything about PlayStation Plus, don’t hesitate to discover our complete file at this address.
PS Plus and Game Pass: subscriptions
Whether on the side of Microsoft with the Game Pass or Sony with the PlayStation Plus, you will have the possibility to choose between three subscription formulas.
- Xbox Game Pass
- For Game Pass, you’ll have the choice between classic Game Pass on consoles (Xbox Series X / S and Xbox One).
- The PC Game Pass with 100 games accessible on PC.
- The Game Pass Ultimate which will allow you to have access to LIVE (to play online), but also to access xCloud or the EA Play and Ubisoft + subscription services.
- PlayStation Plus
- For the PS Plus, you will be able to choose between the Essential formula which corresponds to the current PS Plus.
- The Extra formula that adds some advantages such as access to a catalog of about 400 PS4 / PS5 games.
- The Premium formula that adds a catalog of around 350 games for PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP or access to exclusive demos to test certain games before buying them.
PS Plus vs Game Pass: the price
In terms of hardware pricing, it’s a perfect tie between Sony and Microsoft, with PS5 and Xbox Series X both priced at $ 500. But what about subscriptions?
For the Game Pass, the prices are quite aggressive with a quality / price ratio that defies any competition. However, it is not possible to pay quarterly or annually. You are obliged to pay every month and this is not very profitable for a year.
On the PlayStation Plus side, the prices are less attractive, but with the possibility of paying quarterly, but above all annually, the PS Plus Premium is as expensive as the normal Game Pass which has fewer benefits.
- Game pass prices
- Game Pass PC: € 1 for the first three months, then € 9.99 per month (or € 92.91 the first year, then € 119.88 for the year)
- Game Pass: € 1 for the first three months, then € 9.99 per month (or € 92.91 the first year, then € 119.88 for the year)
- Game Pass Ultimate: € 12.99 per month (or € 155.88 per year)
- PlayStation Plus prices
- Essential: € 8.99 per month / € 24.99 per quarter / € 59.99 per year
- Extra: € 13.99 per month / € 39.99 per quarter / € 99.99 per year
- Premium: € 16.99 per month / € 49.99 per quarter / € 119.99 per year
PS Plus vs Game Pass: the advantages
On the plus side, PS Plus and Game Pass both offer great arguments. On the PS Plus side, you will be able to benefit from four to seven benefits depending on the offers you choose. On the Game Pass side, you will have further advantages only with the Ultimate formula.
- Game pass
- Advantage 01: Access to around 150 games (Game Pass PC only)
- Advantage 01: Access to around 350 games (Game Pass only)
- Advantage 01: Access to around 500 games (Game Pass Ultimate only)
- Advantage 02: Xbox Live subscription to play online (Game Pass Ultimate only)
- Advantage 03: Play free every month with Games With Gold (Game Pass Ultimate only)
- Benefit 04: Access to XCloud (Game Pass Ultimate only)
- Benefit 05: Access to EA Play games (Game Pass Ultimate only)
- PlayStation Plus
- Benefit 01: PlayStation Network access to play live (Essential, Extra and Premium)
- Advantage 02: games offered every month (Essential, Extra and Premium)
- Advantage 03: Exclusive discounts every month (Essential, Extra and Premium)
- Advantage 04: backups stored in the Cloud (Essential, Extra and Premium)
- Advantage 05: Access to around 400 PS4 / PS5 games (Extra and Premium)
- Advantage 06: Access to around 350 games for PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP (Premium)
- Advantage 07: access to exclusive demos (Premium)
PS Plus vs Game Pass: the games
When it comes to gaming, Game Pass and PS Plus still compete with good arguments from both sides. For PS Plus you will have the advantage of the number of games (around 750 in total). On the other hand, in this selection you will mainly find retro games (PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP), many PS4 games and some PS5 games. You won’t have to rely on PlayStation Studios exclusives from day one.
As for the Game Pass, we are on a catalog of about 500 games. Much more numerous are the recent games with above all the arrival from the first day of all the games of Xbox Games Studios. Starfield, the upcoming Forza Horizon or even RedFall, the three games will be available as soon as they are released on the Game Pass at no additional cost.
PS Plus vs Game Pass: no obligation
Whether it’s Xbox Game Pass or the new PlayStation Plus, both services are subscription-free. Of course, if you opt for a year of PS Plus (to benefit from reduced prices) you will be subscribed for several months. However, you are under no obligation to extend. Whether it’s Game Pass or PS Plus, you can terminate your subscription whenever you want!
PS Plus vs Game Pass: the budget
In the end, we have two very similar offers that offer several similar but more or less advantageous benefits depending on what you are looking for. Note, however, that the Game Pass is accessible on consoles (Xbox Series X / S and Xbox One) and PC, while the new PlayStation Plus is accessible on consoles (PS4 and PS5) and PC for the Premium version.
- Xbox Game Pass Summary:
|Subscription||1 month||1 month||1 month|
|Brackets||computer||Xbox Series X / S – Xbox One||Xbox Series X / S – Xbox One – PC|
|Approximate number of games||ca. 150 games||ca. 300 games||ca. 450 games|
|Another option||You play with gold|
|Other option (2)||–||–||Xbox Live|
|Other option (3)||–||–||XCloud|
|Other option (4)||–||–||EA Play|
|Price||€ 9.99||€ 9.99||€ 12.99|
- PlayStation Plus recap:
|Subscription||Without obligation||Without obligation||Without obligation|
|Brackets||PS5, PS4, PC||PS5, PS4, PC||PS5, PS4, PC|
|Number of games (approximate)||Nobody||ca. 400 PS4 / PS5 games||ca. 740 games PS1, PS2, PS3, PSP, PS4, PS5|
|Another option||Games offered every month||Games offered every month||Games offered every month|
|Other option (2)||Exclusive discounts||Exclusive discounts||Exclusive discounts|
|Other option (3)||Cloud storage for backups||Cloud storage for backups||Cloud storage for backups|
|Other option (4)||Access to online multiplayer||Access to online multiplayer||Access to online multiplayer|
|Other option (5)||–||ca. 400 PS4 / PS5 games||ca. 400 PS4 / PS5 games|
|Other option (6)||–||–||ca. 340 games for PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP|
|Other option (7)||–||–||Access to exclusive demos|
|Price (per month)||€ 8.99||€ 13.99||€ 16.99|
|Price (per quarter)||€ 24.99||€ 39.99||€ 49.99|
|Price (per year)||€ 59.99||€ 99.99||€ 119.99|