Sony fights back against Microsoft's Game Pass2022|01:30
STORY: Sony is fighting back against Microsoft’s Game Pass subscription service. The Japanese firm says it plans a major revamp of its own PlayStation Plus. It will offer hundreds of games, including the latest Spider-Man title. The service will launch in June in the U.S., Europe and Japan, priced at a flat monthly fee. Sony is widely seen as winning the consoles war, having sold 17 million of the latest PlayStations. But it’s been under pressure to combat Microsoft’s fast-growing Game Pass, which has 25 million subscribers. It accounts for 60% of game subscriptions in North America and Europe, compared to just 7% for Sony. In January, the U.S. giant struck a $68.7 billion deal to buy game developer Activision Blizzard, to bulk up its content offering. Now Sony is fighting back, and analysts say it looks well-priced to compete. A premium PlayStation Plus subscription will cost $120 per year, compared to $180 for the equivalent with Microsoft. Online gaming is seen as the future of the industry, as it doesn’t require users to install games on a console or PC. Sony and Microsoft want to make sure they are major players in the new field, in case it ultimately spells the end for their expensive hardware.