It looks like Sony might be looking to add more value to PlayStation Plus in the form of some kind of movie service called PlayStation Plus Video Pass.
A logo for the service was posted and removed from the company’s Polish website, along with the following description translated by VGC:
“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.”
The phrasing raises several questions. Will PlayStation Plus Video Pass be exclusive to users in Poland? And by “trial service,” does Sony mean this isn’t something it’s necessarily locked down, or that it’s going to be free to try for these two days?
As for what movies might be part of the service, that’s mostly unclear beyond those included in the removed ad (again, thanks VGC). The screenshot below includes Venom, Zombieland: Double Tap, and Bloodshot. It’s worth noting that all three of those films are owned by Sony. So there’s a chance PlayStation Plus Video Pass might exclusively feature Sony films. So your mileage may vary on whether or not that carries any weight on your decision to subscribe to PlayStation Plus.
This all comes a little over a month since Sony announced it would be discontinuing movie purchases and rentals on PlayStation Network. Anything bought before the shutdown on August 31 will still be accessible, however.
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PlayStation Plus is Sony’s online service that allows PlayStation 4 and 5 users to play games online, as well as take advantage of special sales and free games each month. The service has been shifting since the launch of the PlayStation 5 in November, including making some of its free games offered each month exclusive to PlayStation 5 owners even though a PS4 version of the same game exists.
Update: Sony has confirmed to Spiders Web that PlayStation Plus Video Pass is, for the time being, a Poland-exclusive experiment. Vice President of Sony’s Global Services Branch Nick Maguire told the outlet the service will be getting a year-long trial run in the country to gather data on its value, but can’t comment on whether Video Pass will come to other territories. It’s likely those decisions are going to be determined by whatever activity Sony sees with it in the coming months. The following movies and TV series will be available to stream to PlayStation Plus subscribers, and yes, they’re all Sony-owned:
- Jumanji: The Next Level
- Zombieland 2: Double Tap
- Charlie’s Angels (2019)
- Venom (2018)
- The Equalizer 2
- Baby Driver
- Blade Runner 2049
- Underworld: Blood Wars
- Sausage Party
- Inferno (2016)
- American Hustle
- This is the End
- Bad Boys (1995)
- Future Man (seasons 1-3)
- SuperMansion (seasons 1-3)
- Community (seasons 1-6)
- Deadly Class (seasons 1)
- SWAT (seasons 1-2)
- Lost Girl (seasons 1-5)
As of this initial interview, Maguire says Video Pass won’t affect PlayStation Plus subscription’s price. But if this does end up rolling out worldwide, we’ll see if that changes.