Are people being unfairly negative towards the new PlayStation Plus Tiers?



Today saw the launch of the new PlayStation Plus tiers in Australia with the service being rolled out across the world over the last week. Already, there's been a lot of negativity about it with people comparing it to Game Pass in its current state, which I think is an unfair comparison to make for a few reasons....


Here are the new PlayStation Plus Tiers:


PlayStation Plus Deluxe costs $154.95 per year compared to Game pass ultimate being approximately $190 a year.


Now one of the complaints I've heard from people is the fact that there are tiers on PS Plus where as Game pass only has 1 level so its easy.... Well, aside from that not being even remotely true with Xbox having Xbox Live, Xbox Game pass for Console, Xbox Game pass for PC and Xbox Game pass Ultimate. I'd say that the tiers on the PlayStation Plus service are much more consumer friendly... For example, if you just want to play online without the benefits of the game catalogues etc; then you can pay just $79.95 a year for the essential tier instead of the approximately $120 a year through Xbox who have Xbox Live only subscriptions but are about the same price as Game Pass itself which includes Xbox live.


However my biggest gripe with all the complainers is that they are comparing PS Plus on launch to a Game pass that is over 5 years old. Meaning they have had 5 years of adding games and content to get it to its current state and in fact on launch, Game pass looked very, very different. Here's a full list of launch games for Xbox Game Pass back in 2017:


Game Pass Launch Titles:


Hardly a reflection of Game pass 5 years on is it? Now compare that to the list of games you get with PlayStation's Extra Tier, which offers a catalogue of over 400 PS4 and PS5 games


PS5 Games Available on launch: