June launch dates confirmed for PlayStation Plus new three-tiered rollout

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Sony has given an update on the rollout of the overhauled multi-tiered PlayStation Plus overhaul that was confirmed last month. Each region has different target dates, with most taking place at some time in June.

The updated regional rollout schedule now looks like this:

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  • Asia markets (excluding Japan) – targeting May 23, 2022
  • Japan – targeting June 1, 2022
  • Americas – targeting June 13, 2022
  • Europe – targeting June 22, 2022

Given the staggered rollout, it feels like Sony are aiming to update each region to the new form of PlayStation Plus in order of size and complexity.

Additionally, Sony is expanding their cloud streaming service to new countries, meaning that 30 countries can now take advantage of cloud streaming in the Premium tier of PlayStation Plus. The new countries are: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Republic of Cyprus, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

The “All-new” PlayStation Plus – previously known under the codename Project Spartacus – unites and rebrands PlayStation Now game library and subscription into PlayStation Plus. There’s now three tiers that go from offering exactly what PlayStation plus does now in the Essential plan, through a library of downloadable PS4 and PS5 games with PS Plus Extra, and finally adding in game streaming with PS3 games, and a new selection of PS1, PS2 and PSP games in PS Plus Premium.

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PS Now subscribers are set to be upgraded to PS Premium with no increase to their current subscription fees at launch, which is a nice bonus and has seen people rushing to buy years of PS Now for their account to get Premium on the cheap. Sneaky!

There’s also been some other reports and rumours suggesting that PS3 emulation could be coming to PS5, though likely in a rather limited form. PS3 games have only ever been offered via streaming, the complexity of the Cell processor making this impossible on the PS4, but with PC emulators on more powerful hardware doing a great job of getting them working in recent years.

Source: PS Blog

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