From June 23, 2022, PlayStation Plus must land in France in a brand new formula resulting from the merger between the current PS Plus and PS Now. The opportunity for us to engage in a great comparison between Sony’s offer and Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass, its main competitor. Price, advantages and defects, catalog, we take stock together.
As you may know, PlayStation Plus is due to return in a brand new format this June 23, 2022. This redesign, resulting from the merger between the current PS Plus and Playstation Now, Sony’s cloud gaming service, will offer three different subscription levels.
This project, which used to be codenamed Spartacus, was designed by Sony to compete directly with Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass. Knowing this, it was interesting to carry out a complete comparison of the offers. Analyze their catalogs, their advantages and their prices, in order to help you see more clearly before subscribing to a subscription.
PS Plus vs Xbox Game Pass: subscription plans
With the new PlayStation Plus, Sony and Microsoft are on equal footing, in terms of the different offers available anyway. Indeed, players can choose between three distinct subscriptions. Here they are in detail:
Xbox Game Pass:
- Xbox Game Pass for consoles, namely Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S
- Xbox Game Pass for PC
- The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, an all-in-one formula that also includes access to Xbox Live Gold (required to play online on console), xCloud and access to the catalogs of EA Play and Ubisoft+ services
Regarding Ubisoft +, negotiations are still underway 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 PlayStation Plus Essential 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 PlayStation Plus Extra includes all the services mentioned above, and adds access to an extensive catalog of PS4 and PS5 games (nearly 400 games at launch)
- The PlayStation Plus Premium incorporates all the features offered by the previous formulas. In addition, subscribers will be able to access approximately 350 PS1, PS2, PS3, PSP games as well as demos of future PS5 exclusives.
PS Plus vs. Xbox Game Pass: The Prices
When it comes to pricing, we tend to give Sony the point. Why ? The Japanese manufacturer offers the possibility of opting for a monthly, quarterly or annual payment. And of course, buying by the quarter or by the year saves money.
Conversely, Microsoft does not yet offer a quarterly or annual subscription on the Xbox Game Pass. It will be necessary to be satisfied with 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 prices:
- Game Pass PC : €9.99 per month (the first 3 months are €1) i.e. a total of around €93 the first year, then around €120 the following year
- Game PC console : €9.99 per month (the first 3 months are €1, i.e. a total of around €93 the first year, then around €120 the following year
- Game Pass Ultimate : €12.99 per month, i.e. €155 per year
PlayStation Plus prices:
- 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
Regarding the Xbox Game Pass, the PC Only formula and the Console subscription only allow access to the catalog of PC games (more than a hundred titles) and console games (more than 350 titles with regular new releases). It should also be remembered that the Xbox Game Pass has recently been available on Samsung Smart TVs launched in 2022.
To obtain interesting advantages, you will have to turn to the 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 Microsoft’s cloud
- Access to game catalogs from EA Play and Ubisoft+ services
Now let’s come 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:
- Access to PlayStation Network for online play (available through Essential, Extra and Premium plans)
- Access to three free games per month (available through all three offers)
- Exclusive PS Store discounts (available through all three offers)
- The ability to store backups in Sony’s cloud (available through all three offers)
- Access to over 400 games from the PS4 and PS5 catalog (available via Extra and Premium offers)
- Access to more than 350 retro games from the PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP catalogs (available via the Premium offer)
- The ability to try out future PlayStation exclusives through playable demos (available through Premium plan)
The PlayStation Plus and Xbox Game Pass catalog of games
Of course, this is the main argument here and the two services opt for a diametrically different proposal. If you like quantity and retrogaming, the PS Plus in its Premium version seems ideal, since the formula will allow you to access more than 750 games from the catalogs of all Sony consoles (with the exception of the PS Vita).
Be careful however, for the moment the PS5 games are in limited number and it will probably be necessary to wait several months for the PS5 catalog to expand. 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, the Xbox Game Pass does not pay into retrogaming (apart from the few retro games offered via Xbox Live Gold), but it will allow access at no additional cost. the latest new products to come from the manufacturer and its studiossuch as Starfield, RedFall, Forza Motorsport or Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2. In total, the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate allows you to enjoy 500 games, and note that the catalog is constantly expanding (games are however withdrawn after a certain time).
Summary of PlayStation Plus and Xbox Game Pass
As you will have understood, both formulas have their advantages as well as their shortcomings. The PlayStation Plus gives pride of place to retrogaming and has a rather generous catalog, while the Xbox Game Pass (especially in its Ultimate formula) offers a more limited catalog, but leaned more towards the newer releases.
The economic aspect is also a component to be taken into account. Note that both PlayStation Plus and Xbox Game Pass offer no-commitment subscriptionsso it’s up to you to try them for a month to determine if one of the services satisfies you or not (this is valid for all formulas).
|Formula||Game Pass PC||Game Pass Console||Xbox Game Pass Ultimate|
|Subscription duration||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|
|Benefits offered||X||X||Xbox Live Gold
Games with Gold
EA Play and Ubisoft+
|Prices||€1 for the first 3 months
|€1 for the first 3 months
|Formula||PS Plus Essential||PS Plus Extra||PS Plus Premium|
|Brackets||PS4, PS5 and PC||PS4, PS5 and PC||PS4, PS5 and PC|
|Catalog||None||About 400 PS4 and PS5 games||Around 750 games from the PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP and PS5 catalogs|
|Free Games PS Plus||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|PS Store Discounts||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Access to online multiplayer||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Access to a catalog of PS4 and PS5 games||Nope||Yes||Yes|
|Access to a catalog of retro games||Nope||Nope||Yes|
|Access to exclusive demos||Nope||Nope||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 Xbox Game Pass and the new PlayStation Plus. And you, do you plan to fall for Sony’s new offer? Tell us in the comments.