The news: Sony plans to introduce a video game subscription service this June in order to boost sales of its PlayStation consoles, the company said Tuesday.
- It will combine its existing PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now subscription services into a single PlayStation Plus subscription service, which will be offered in three tiers.
What this means: The move is undoubtedly a response to Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass, a popular subscription program that allows gamers to download and play a variety of games.
- Game Pass lets gamers play through the cloud on their Xbox consoles, phones, and PCs.
- Microsoft has been investing heavily in Game Pass, acquiring major video game companies such as Activision Blizzard and Bethesda for a combined $76 billion in order to bring their popular titles to the service.
- Sony wasn’t happy about that Activision Blizzard deal, raising antitrust concerns.
- Sony’s PS Plus Premium service (the most expensive) will allow users to stream games to their PCs as well as their PS4 and PS5 consoles. Gamers will also be able to try various games before deciding whether to purchase. High-profile games like Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be among those available at launch.