Price, advantages, catalogue, here is the comparison

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 make a great comparison between Sony’s offer and Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass, its main competitor. Price, advantages and disadvantages, catalogue, we’ll take stock together.

As you may know, Playstation Plus will return on June 23rd, 2022 in a brand new format. Resulting from the merger between the current PS Plus and Playstation Now, Sony’s cloud gaming service, this redesign will offer three different subscription tiers.

This project, formerly codenamed Spartacus, was developed by Sony to directly compete with Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass. Knowing this, it was interesting to do a complete comparison of the offers. Analyze their catalogues, their benefits and their prices to help you see more clearly before subscribing.

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PS Plus vs. Xbox Game Pass: subscription plans

With the new Playstation Plus, Sony and Microsoft are already on an equal footing when it comes to the different offers. In fact, players can choose between three different 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 the console), xCloud and access to the catalogs of EA Play and Ubisoft+ services contains

Regarding Ubisoft+, negotiations are still ongoing with the French publisher, but several games from the Assassin’s Creed franchise have just landed on Game Pass, a sign of the good agreement between Microsoft and Ubisoft.

PlayStationPlus:

  • 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 of the above services and adds access to a massive catalog of PS4 and PS5 games (nearly 400 games at launch)
  • The Playstation Plus Premium includes all the features offered by the previous formulas. In addition, subscribers can access approximately 350 PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP games, as well as demos of future exclusive PS5 games.

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 option of opting for monthly, quarterly or annual payment. And of course, Quarterly or annual purchase saves money.

Conversely, Microsoft doesn’t yet offer a quarterly or annual subscription to Xbox Game Pass. You have to settle for a monthly payment, even if the manufacturer offers the first three months at a reduced price for two of its formulas. Here are the prices in detail:

Xbox Game Pass Pricing:

  • GamePass PC : 9.99 € per month (the first 3 months cost 1 €), ie a total of approx. 93 € in the first year, then approx. 120 € in the following year
  • Gaming PC Console : 9.99 € per month (the first 3 months cost 1 €, so a total of approx. 93 € in the first year, then approx. 120 € in the following year
  • Game Pass Ultimate : €12.99 per month, so €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
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The different benefits of 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 releases). It should also be remembered that Xbox Game Pass has recently become available on Samsung Smart TVs launched in 2022.

To get interesting benefits, You need to contact 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 gaming (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
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Now we come to the Playstation Plus. Unlike the Xbox Game Pass Each formula offers different benefits. Of course, the premium formula has the largest number. But again, let’s see it all in detail:

  • Access to Playstation Network to play online (available on Essential, Extra and Premium plans)
  • Access to three free games per month (available across all three plans)
  • Exclusive PS Store discounts (available across all three offers)
  • The ability to save backups to Sony’s cloud (available across all three offerings)
  • Access to more than 400 daysthem from the PS4 and PS5 catalogue (available via Extra and Premium offers)
  • Access to more than 350 retro games from the PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP catalogues (available via the premium offer)
  • The ability to try future Playstation exclusives through playable demos (available through the premium plan)
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The games catalog for Playstation Plus and Xbox Game Pass

This is of course the main argument here and the two services opt for a diametrically different proposition. If you like quantity and retro gaming, the PS Plus in its Premium version seems ideal, since the formula allows you to access more than 750 games from the catalogs of all Sony consoles (PS Vita excluded).

Be careful though, at the moment the PS5 games are in limited numbers 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, Xbox Game Pass does not deposit into Retrogaming (aside from the few retro games offered through Xbox Live Gold), but allows access at no additional cost the latest products 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, bearing in mind that the catalog is constantly expanding (games are withdrawn after a certain time, however).

Summary of Playstation Plus and Xbox Game Pass

As I’m sure you understood, both formulas have their pros and cons. Giving pride of place to retrogaming, the Playstation Plus has a fairly generous catalogue, while the Xbox Game Pass (especially in its Ultimate formula) offers a more limited catalogue, but leaned more towards the newer versions.

The economic aspect is also a component to consider. Note that both Playstation Plus and Xbox Game Pass are offered non-binding subscriptionsso it’s up to you to try them for a month to see if any of the services satisfies you or not (this applies to all formulas).

formula GamePass PC Game Pass console Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
subscription length 1 month 1 month 1 month
brackets computer Xbox One
Xbox Series X and Series S
Xbox One
computer
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
xCloud
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 Plus extra PS Plus Premium
brackets PS4, PS5 and PC PS4, PS5 and PC PS4, PS5 and PC
Catalog none Around 400 PS4 and PS5 games Around 750 games from the PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP and PS5 catalogues
Free PS Plus games Yes Yes Yes
PS Store discounts Yes Yes Yes
Cloud storage 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, are you planning to fall for Sony’s new offering? Tell us in the comments.

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