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PlayStation Plus: The Switching Schedule; Service Expansion In Many Countries!

Sony will be making the switch at four different times in the four central regions, which is a bit odd as it takes nearly a month to go from one subscription level to three tiers everywhere…

 

On the PlayStation Blog, Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that the PlayStation Plus transition will launch first in Asia on May 23. Still, Japan will not be included in the first round of changes. In Japan, the switch will take place on June 1. Then comes the switch in the Americas from the current one-tier subscription to a three-tier model. Over there, the change will arrive on June 13. Europe will be last in line, with the change coming from June 22. It’s still up in the air how PlayStation Plus games for May and especially June will be affected. (Could it still be that there will only be two games each month?)

But that’s not the only change. In more countries, we’ll be able to access the service currently called PlayStation Now to run games from the cloud. Sony will have a presence in thirty countries using the technology that rivals Google’s Stadia and Xbox Cloud Gaming (which will most likely use Microsoft’s Azure server farm thanks to an agreement between the two companies). The new countries are Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Republic of Cyprus, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, wrote in the blog post, “We’ve been working on this massive global effort to provide flexible options, quality games, and greater value for our members for quite some time now—and we’re just a few weeks away from our first regional rollout. We want to thank our PlayStation community for the ongoing support, and we’ll have more to share as we get closer to launch.”

So we’ll have to wait a little longer for the three-tier PlayStation Plus we’ve been talking about before. Still, the cloud expansion officially brings competition to both Google Stadia and Xbox Cloud Gaming, where they are available.

Source: Gematsu

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