Sony has finally unveiled its answer to Xbox Game Pass. This is the same subscription service that has appeared in leaks in recent months under the code name Spartacus.
True, this name has remained a code name. Sony decided not to abandon the name PlayStation Plus already known to gamers, so it introduced a completely new PlayStation Plus.
The service will be launched in June. Despite retaining the name, all of the major subscription rumors and leaks have proven to be true. In particular, gamers will receive three tariff plans: Essential, Extra and Premium.
PS Plus Essential is PS Plus in its traditional form. That is, at least two free games every month, exclusive discounts, cloud storage for saved games and access to online.
PS Plus Extra includes the Essential plan and also adds a catalog of approximately 400 PS4 and PS5 games, including titles from internal PlayStation studios! Yes, Sony will still give access to its exclusives (or former exclusives) as part of a new subscription. The company is even more specific: Death Stranding, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11, and Returnal will be available at launch. It is also important that all these games can be downloaded to the console.
The older PS Plus Premium plan offers everything from the previous two, plus adds around 340 PS/PS2/PS3 games. Projects for PS3 are launched through the cloud service (PS Now), and older games are available both from the cloud and with the ability to download them to the console. The plan also offers cloud streaming access to original PlayStation, PS2, PSP and PS4 titles offered as Extra and Premium tiers in markets where PlayStation Now is currently available. Customers can stream games using PS4 and PS5 consoles as well as PC.
This tier will also offer time-limited game trials for gamers to try before they buy.
Sony notes that due to the scale of the task, it will launch the service in stages in different countries. In June, the new PS Plus will be available in select Asian countries, and only then in the US, Europe and the rest of the world, where PS Plus is now available. But from the looks of things, the launch will still be quick, as the company says it will aim to launch the new PS Plus in all available markets by the end of June.
Now about the prices:
- PS Plus Essential – $10 a month or $60 a year in the US and respectively 9 or 60 euros in Europe
- PS Plus Extra – $ 15 per month or $ 100 per year in the US and respectively 14 or 100 euros in Europe
- PS Plus Premium – $18 a month or $120 a year in the US and respectively 17 or 120 euros in Europe
Streaming games only – MSI’s new compact PC looks like an Xbox One S
Known for its outlandish design gaming PCs, MSI has released its latest creation, the MSI MAG Trident S 5M. And this model strongly resembles the Xbox One S console. For example, the new PC can be installed horizontally or vertically, its layout as a whole repeats the design of the gaming system from Microsoft. This applies to the placement of ports, cooling systems and the like.
However, the similarities end in appearance (except for the letter S in the title). MAG Trident S 5M lacks a discrete graphics card, so you can call it gaming only with a stretch. It uses a Ryzen 5000 processor – you can choose from Ryzen 7, 5 and 3 options with integrated Radeon graphics.
The novelty supports up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM. The disk subsystem is represented by two M.2 slots for Gen 3 or 4 SSDs plus space for a hard drive. And all this is housed in a case with a volume of just over two liters. At the same time, we note that to increase the amount of RAM or replace drives, the case can be easily opened.
Among other features, we note three video outputs (one each HDMI 2.0, DP 1.4 and VGA), as well as a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C 15 W port on the front panel for fast charging smartphones or tablets.
MSI is positioning its PC as a gaming console for streaming games that can be installed in the living room. Declared support for Steam Remote, MSI App player and Xbox Game Pass. The OS is Windows 11.
Note that for the first time the novelty was shown at the beginning of this year at CES 2022.
Sony will not let you enjoy the old games to the fullest. PS3 projects within PS Plus will be released without add-ons
As part of the updated subscription service Sony PS Plus will be available, including projects for PS3. But due to the very specific architecture of the processor of this console, the games will be available in the cloud service.
And now it became known that such games, unfortunately, will not support add-ons. DLC may someday be added, but at first you definitely shouldn’t expect them.
For example, Asura’s Wrath, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, Crash Commando, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and a number of other games received various kinds of add-ons at one time, for some projects there were a lot of such DLCs. But within the framework of PS Plus, it will not be possible to try them out. The source also publishes a list of PS3 games, but we published them a week ago, when Sony itself did this.
As a reminder, today we also learned that some classic games will work even worse on the new consoles than on the original PlayStation.
Some classic games on the PlayStation 5 will not work as well as on the original console. All because of the PAL standard
Yesterday we got our first look at the classic PlayStation game available as part of the new PS Plus subscription for PlayStation 5 owners. Today, new details about such games have appeared.
In particular, it turned out that a number of games work with a frame rate of only 50 Hz and according to the PAL standard. For example, this applies to Ape Escape. At the same time, the original game on the PlayStation worked according to the NTSC standard, which makes the gameplay feel smoother.
We know for sure that not all classic PS Plus games will work on PAL. For example, Siphon Filter and Abe’s Odyssey work according to the NTSC standard. However, unfortunately, all Sony Japan Studio games will be the same as Ape Escape.
A complete list of all the games available on PS Plus has also appeared, but for now only for the Asian region. You can get acquainted with them at this link, but in other regions the list may be slightly different.
Now the SSD in PlayStation 5 seems to be slow. Apacer showed drives with speeds up to 13,000 MB / s
It’s been literally a year and a half since the launch of the PlayStation 5, which, among other things, impressed with its ultra-fast SSD. But a lot has changed in the market in a year and a half.
Apacer showcases next-generation PCIe 5.0 SSDs with read/write speeds of 13,000 and 12,000 MB/s respectively!
Recall that the Sony console has an SSD with a speed of about 7000 MB / s, that is, the new Apacer will be almost twice as fast.
The Apacer AS2280F5 drive does not stand out in any way. It has a heat sink, but overall it’s just an SSD. There is also the Zadak TWSG5 model, which is distinguished by the addition of graphene and aluminum to the cooling system.
There are no other details yet. In particular, the company does not name the controller used, but it could be the Phison E20.
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