PlayStation Plus vs Xbox Game Pass: what are the differences (price, games, cloud…)


PlayStation has announced its response to Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass. This is the new PlayStation Plus that merges with PS Now and now comes in three offerings. However, there are some major differences between PS Plus and Xbox Game Pass, and we suggest you see more clearly with this comparison of the advantages of each of the services.

PlayStation and Xbox looking for subscribers

Some of the benefits offered by PS Plus and Xbox Game Pass are indeed similar, but Sony’s philosophy seems quite different from Microsoft’s. PlayStation seems to simplify the reading of its offers more (for example by integrating PS Now which will eventually disappear) rather than proposing a revolution in its market.

While Microsoft is shaking up the sector and trying to capture a new audience, Sony’s strategy seems more geared towards increasing the revenue generated by the services of PS Now, a service created in 1648741257 which will now be integrated into the PS Plus and which didn’t really find its audience until now.

Below is the comparison table between the different PlayStation Plus and Xbox subscriptions.

Xbox Game Pass

PS Plus Essential PS Plus Extra

PS Plus Premium Xbox Live Gold

Xbox Game Ultimate
Online game

Yes Yes Yes Yes

– Yes Games offered per month

2 2


4 –


Discounts on content Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Yes Cloud Backups Yes Yes Yes Yes, without subscription

Yes, without subscription Yes, without subscription Games to download – About 445 About 450

– About 450

Approx iron 445

Cloud Games – –

Yes –

– Yes Total sets – About 445

About 2015

– About 500 About 740 Affected platforms – PS4 and PS5

PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, PS5, PSP

Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series

Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series, PC Games first party Day One –

– –


Yes Trial version of the games

– Yes (titles to be defined)

– –

Yes (EA Play only)

EA Play Membership

– –

– Yes Public price per month 8,99 €

16,119 €

16,119 €

6,99 € 9,99 €

,85 € Retail price p ar quarter 16,99 € 19,87 € 38,97 €

13,119 €

29,85 €

39,79 €

Public price per year

59,119 €

99,97 € 279,99 €

39,85 €

155,87 €

119,88 €

PS Plus vs. Xbox Game Pass : different subscriptions

PlayStation has chosen to regroup er its various subscriptions into a single clearer offer (same name) and at three levels. The simplest offer, called Essential, is neither more nor less than the PS Plus offer that we already know. Then come two levels which respectively give access to a library games to download as well as other titles in the Cloud for the Premium subscription.

On the Xbox side, reading is less easy for newcomers since we have the Xbox Live Gold (online access), Xbox Game Pass, PC Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Four different subscriptions, but with substantially the same benefits as PlayStation. Xbox Live Gold is similar to Sony’s PS Plus Essential while Xbox Game Pass is comparable to PS Plus Extra. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is comparable to Sony’s PS Plus Premium.

Games offered: bonus PC games for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Day One releases

Sony’s offer must be further refined in the coming weeks, but the PS Plus Extra subscription will offer approximately 445 games to download. It’s much the same for the Xbox Game Pass which offers 400 games about also.

On the side of the the most advanced offer, which notably includes access to certain games in the cloud (and therefore playable from anywhere without downloading), there is an advantage to PlayStation for its 700+ games accessible via the PS Plus Premium against approximately 500 games for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

Another difference, PC Game subscriptions Microsoft’s Pass and Game Pass Ultimate also offer games specifically dedicated to the PC. This is particularly the case with Age of Empires IV, while Sony only offers games released on PlayStation consoles in its catalog.

The main strategic difference between the PlayStation and Xbox offer is c is that all games developed by Xbox studios are released directly in Game Pass on the day of their release and at no additional cost. This is a strong argument in favor of Microsoft, which will, for example, eventually make Call of Duty games available as soon as they are launched in the Game Pass. On the side of Sony, president Jim Ryan expressed himself by explaining that it was impossible today for PlayStation to offer something similar without degrading the quality of the games developed by its own studios.

The price: a discount for the annual subscription at Sony

The prices of the subscriptions are essentially the same, but there is a slight advantage to the Xbox offer when we look at the monthly cost of subscriptions. Note, however, that PlayStation’s Extra and Premium subscriptions cost less year-round than Xbox offers.

PS Plus Essential vs. Xbox Live Gold

PS Plus Essential Xbox Live Gold

Public price per month 8,119 €

6,119 €
Public price per quarter

19,87 € 13,99 €

Public price per year 39,119 €

79,119 €
PS Plus Extra vs Xbox Game Pass

PS Plus Extra

Xbox Game Pass
Public price per month

13,119 € 9,87 €
Public price per quarter

47,119 € 29,85 €
Public price per year

119,119 € 119,88 €

PS Plus Premium vs Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

PS Plus Premium Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Public price per month 16,99 €

13,99 €

Public price per quarter 79,119 €

39,79 €

Public price per year 119,119 €

119,88 €

Games in the Cloud for the most complete offer with advantages for everyone

Microsoft is a major Cloud player in the world, and for several years now, Xbox games have been accessible without downloading in the Cloud via its offer called Xbox Cloud Gaming. Even better, these games can be accessed from a browser, Xbox console, tablet or mobile. We count today 353 Xbox games available via the Xbox Cloud Gaming.

On the Sony side, it is the PS Now which is used to play PlayStation games in the Cloud with a substantial catalog of more than 700 games, an advantage in favor of Sony. The service was launched a few years before that of Xbox and the games can be accessed from a PlayStation console or a PC. Remember, however, that even if Xbox offers fewer games, all those developed by Xbox studios and released on console are available as soon as they are launched in the Cloud. This is not the case with Sony productions.

The advantage of Xbox for its service is that it is accessible on a simple mobile from anywhere in the world. It is therefore possible to play on vacation provided that one has an Internet connection robust enough to play in good conditions. There is a way to play PlayStation Cloud games on mobile, but it’s via console streaming, which requires launching the game from your PS4 or PS5 console, which isn’t really a mobile situation.

In conclusion, PlayStation and Xbox are in the same race to attract as many subscribers as possible to their services. The two giants of the sector do not however have the same assets today and Sony’s offer must still be clarified in the weeks to come. One thing is certain, it is that several battles will engage in a more visible way. That of the figures, of course, but also that of the offer and the content since everyone will have to prove that they have the best catalogue. For this, Sony and Microsoft will certainly take out the checkbooks to attract the best games from third-party publishers.