PlayStation Plus may soon include access to blockbuster movies. A logo for ‘PlayStation Plus Video Pass’ was leaked on Sony’s official website today, sparking rumors that subscribers may be able to stream top Sony Pictures titles such as Bloodshot and Venom.
The leak, identified by VGC, appeared in Polish but was quickly translated to English (broken): “A new benefit available for a limited time on PlayStation Plus…PS Plus Video Pass is an active trial service from 22.04.21 to 22.04.22. The subscription benefit is available for PS Plus users in Poland.
New to PS Plus? The subscription service offers gamers access to between two and four free PS5, PS4 and PSP games per month in exchange for a flat fee. Sony produces a lot of film and TV content, so it makes sense to bundle some of it with PlayStation Plus.
Today’s leak could also be related to Sony’s announcement in March that the PlayStation Store will stop offering TV and movie content for purchase and rental from August 31, 2021. PS Plus will it eventually offer players a handpicked selection of games and movies every month? We will have to see.
PS Plus isn’t struggling – the service recently hit 47.4m active subscribers and celebrated 22% year-on-year growth – but it’s no secret that Sony faces fierce competition on games from the excellent Xbox Game Pass, and on the movie front from Netflix, Disney+ and Apple TV (all of which can be found on the PS5 and PS4).
In recent weeks, the Japanese tech giant acquired anime streaming service Crunchyroll from AT&T for $1.175 billion and launched Bravia Core, its 4K HDR streaming service. Is the PlayStation Plus Video Pass part of a wider plan by Sony to improve its streaming game by the end of the year? Watch this place.
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