Sony recently gave its PlayStation Plus subscription a major overhaul, merging it with PlayStation Now and splitting it into multiple tiers spread across price points. Both are now effectively two sides of the same coin, with similar prices and game catalogs so extensive it would take you years to explore everything. That doesn’t mean they’re impossible to tell apart, however, with several differences that may prove to be the ultimate reason you choose one. So today we’re stacking the two services against each other to help you decide where to put your money.
What is PlayStation Plus?
With this year’s revamp in June, PlayStation Plus began offering Essential, Extra and Deluxe Tiers on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. While the Essential tier is more or less identical to the older PlayStation Plus subscription, offering a few new games each month, Extra and Deluxe unlock PlayStation’s extensive “Game Catalogue”.
What is Xbox Game Pass?
Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass was launched back in 2017 and is available on Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One. On Windows PCs, it’s called PC Game Pass and has its own catalog of PC games. The subscription is again split into three tiers, namely Game Pass for Console, Game Pass for PC, and Game Pass Ultimate, although only two of these are for consoles. Subscribers of all tiers get access to “Hundreds of Quality Games,” Xbox Game Studios release-day titles, and online multiplayer.
PlayStation Plus vs. Xbox Game Pass: Games Library
PlayStation Plus’s library is easily the larger of the two at over 700 games, while Game Pass’s catalog is almost half the size at over 300 games. Note that the former’s library is full of fillers, with a number of games carried over from the PS1, PS2 and the PS3 to the PS4 and PS5 as part of the Ubisoft+ Classics and Classics catalogue.
Microsoft has a slight advantage in the speed at which its exclusives are pulled into its subscription, with fan favorites like Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5 being made available to subscribers on launch day. After all, that’s what the company promises. Sony isn’t as fast, and several of its first-party titles like God of War Ragnarok weren’t included with PlayStation Plus when the subscription launched.
But ultimately, it comes down to which subscription tentpole titles appeal to you more. PlayStation Plus top titles include Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Celeste, Dead by Daylight, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Returnal, Batman: Arkhan Knight and Bloodborne. And top Xbox Game Pass titles include Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5, Doom Eternal, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Watch Dogs 2, Far Cry 5, Dead By Daylight, and F1 2021. You should check out the respective catalogs of both the You can find them on the companies’ websites and see which type is more your type.
PlayStation Plus vs Xbox Game Pass: Streaming
Unlike gaming catalogs where things are subjective, when it comes to streaming, there’s a clear winner. Xbox Game Pass retains an edge over PlayStation Plus by offering streaming without the need for a console, both on PC and mobile – Xbox Cloud Gaming lets you play literally anywhere. Meanwhile, PlayStation Remote Play is limited in terms of the devices you can stream to, and that too requires a connection to the console.
PlayStation Plus vs Xbox Game Pass: Pricing
All other factors aside, the ultimate deciding factor is probably price. Game Pass for console and PC starts at just Rs 349, while PlayStation Plus for the Essential tier starts at Rs 499. It’s also worth emphasizing here that PlayStation Plus’s entry-level subscription doesn’t grant access to the games catalogue, it only grants around two games per month. Xbox Game Pass, on the other hand, gives you access to the entire library (excluding EA Play games) with the basic plan. PlayStation’s top-tier subscription is also much more expensive at Rs 849, while Xbox tiers max out at just Rs 499.
PlayStation Plus vs Xbox Game Pass: Verdict
If you’re someone who plays games on both PC and console, Game Pass should be a no-brainer considering it offers native titles on both. But if you’re a console gamer, the choice is a bit more difficult. Xbox offers more value with its cheaper plans, but has fewer games, with arguably less variety and perhaps higher quality. Meanwhile, PlayStation Plus is absolutely packed with games, be it in any genre, but at a much higher price.