Microsoft Xbox game pass and Sony’s PlayStation Plus premium do not exactly place the same deal on the table, seeing as both gaming subscription services come with their own exclusive perks that the competing service might not include.
Let’s say, PlayStation Plus premium offers members over 700 games to stream or download, cloud streaming for older-era PlayStation console titles, and playable timed game trials, as stated by Sony.
PlayStation Plus Premium and Xbox Game Pass
When you compare the two of them, the Xbox Game Pass ultimate’s Library of more than 100 games does not quite have the same amount of titles as Sony’s offering, though it does come with playable day-one Xbox Game Studio releases that include Xbox/PC memberships (via Xbox).
With that stated, the number of games and exclusives contributes to one part of Sony and Microsoft’s top-tier gaming subscriptions, as they both possess their very own advantages. One where their overall values vary depending on the personal preferences of the users. Right before trying to determine which of the two has a better offer, users are expected to know what each subscription service is offering.
What is PlayStation Plus Premium
For quite some time now, the PlayStation Plus was Sony’s sole paid gaming subscription service that is offering subscribers multiple free games per month, early access to certain titles, exclusive game store discounts, cloud storage for game saves, access to an online multiplayer in-game that need the plan, and non-gaming PS Plus bonuses, just a few to name. However, in 2022 of March, Sony announced a big revamp for the Subscription service scheduled to go live in June 2022. PlayStation plus new version is said to include multiple service tiers called Essential Extra, and premium.
The base-tier PlayStation Plus Essential plan remains the same as the PlayStation Plus membership gamers have subscribed to for years, and it retains the same $9.99 per month price. When compared, the PlayStation Plus Extra plan, which cost $14.99 per month, offers you access to a library of 400 downloadable PS4 and PS5 titles.
The High-End plan of the PlayStation Plus Premium offered by the revamped PS plus service includes all of the perks that are found on both the Essential and extra tiers, but with the inclusion of timed game trials and cloud streaming for older PS3, PS2, and PS1 titles, bumping the total number of the playable game up to about 740. Subscribers also get to stream these games via PlayStation Now making use of a PS4, PS5, or Windows PC, which is now bundled as a part of the PS Plus rather than existing as a standalone service. Just as expected, the premium plan also happens to be the most expensive at $17.99 per month.
What is Microsoft Xbox Game Pass
Microsoft is also offerings its customers a subscription service that grants them access to games and many more, and Microsoft titled it Xbox game pass. As with PS Plus offered by Sony, The Xbox game pass has been split into different tiers:
- Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
- Xbox Game pass for PC
- Xbox Game Pass for Consoles.
The Xbox Game Pass for PC and Console are both priced at $9.99 per month, offering their players access to over 100 games, same-day access to Xbox game studios titles, exclusive deals and discounts, and when it comes to the PC plan – access to EA Play.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate plan, on the other hand, it offers the most features, but with a much higher starting price of $14.99 per month. This tier is expected to come with all of the features offered on the basic PC and Console Xbox Game pass plans, as well as an Xbox Gold Membership that offers subscribers two free games per month. This plan makes it possible for you to access Microsoft’s cloud gaming feature so that the subscribers get to stream and play console games via windows computer and mobile phone.
PlayStation Plus Premium integrates Sony’s Cloud gaming Platform PlayStation Now. What this means is that the plan that subscribers already have access to is an already comprehensive roster of games only found on sony’s top-tier subscription, that ranges from old-school titles like “Virtua Fighter 2” to more modern PlayStation hits like “The last of Us”. The subscription is also accommodated with two free games per month, as well as exclusive PS Store deals and limited-time game Trials. Of course, its library of more than 700 games spanning tons of multiple PS console generations remains alongside it’s major exclusive features.
The Xbox Game pass Ultimate also includes two free games every month, but the titles would always differ from Sony’s monthly freebie offering. This plan is expected to include the additional benefit of an included EA Play membership, which comes for $4.99 per month when done on its own.
This is a great thing for all EA games fans, as it regularly dishes out exclusive in-game content for titles like “Apex Legends,” “FIFA 22,” and “Battlefield 2042,” alongside the free access to yet another library of EA games right on top of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate’s own over-100-games roster, adding titles like “Mass Effect,” “NFS Heat,” and “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” into the mix, the Ultimate does not offer as many games as Sony’s Premium Subscription, it does possess it own distinct perks that cater to EA Sports and PC fans.