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PlayStation Takes On Xbox With New Subscription Service

  • Sony, Microsoft compete to be the Netflix of video games
  • PlayStation Plus won’t have brand new games, unlike Game Pass
A PlayStation 5 (PS5) video game console.

A PlayStation 5 (PS5) video game console.

Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

PlayStation’s revamped version of its video game subscription service went live on Monday, giving members access to a catalog of several hundred games both new and old.

PlayStation Plus, once code-named Spartacus, is Sony Group Corp.’s attempt to compete with rival Microsoft Corp.’s popular Xbox Game Pass as both publishers jockey to be the Netflix of video games. The new service combines Sony’s previous subscription offerings into a three-tiered system. The most basic level, Essential, costs $10 a month and replaces the old PlayStation Plus, offering two downloadable games per month, a smattering of discounts and access to online multiplayer games.