Iconography and a small amount of promotional material has emerged for PlayStation Plus Video Pass, an upcoming expansion of the PlayStation Plus subscription service. However, details are still very thin on the ground as to what this could be, leading to some speculation that it could be a renewed challenger to Xbox Game Pass’ Cloud Gaming. More likely (based off the promotional material that has leaked), it’s an extension or new set of bonus freebies that taps into Sony Pictures Entertainment’s library of films.
The logo for PlayStation Plus Video Pass is still live on Sony’s PlayStation.com servers, and featured in a Polish PlayStation promotion that was hastily taken down after being reported on by Video Games Chronicle, offering up Venom, Zombieland Double Tap and Bloodshot to subscribers.
The page read:
“A new benefit available for a limited time on PlayStation Plus… PS Plus Video Pass is a trial service active 22.04.21 – 22.04.22. The subscription benefit is available to PS Plus users in Poland.”
It would be an interesting move from Sony, after they just announced that the PlayStation Store would stop selling and renting TV shows and movies on 31st August later this year. This side of the PlayStation Store business has seemingly been eroded significantly enough over the last few years by the rise of countless streaming services, and has not adapted to offer anything similar – Sony’s execs blamed the “shift in customer behavior” for the decision.
Though PS Plus Video Pass could be Sony’s attempt to do just that, a PlayStation-led equivalent to Netflix and Disney+, the above description certainly suggest that this would be a freebie. Either way, one thing it will definitely do is help keep Sony’s own branding in the Media tab of the PlayStation 5 interface. They also own Funimation and have been seeking to amplify that brand through the recent Play at Home free content giveaway, as well as major moves to acquire rival anime streaming service Crunchy Roll .
What do you think? Is this a worthwhile endeavour from Sony, and what films would you want them to drop into the bucket of PS Plus freebies?
Source: Video Games Chronicle