Earlier today, VGC spotted a logo for something called PlayStation Plus Video Pass on Sony’s official website (the Polish arm). The image featured the silhouette of a traditional movie ticket stub along with the signature PlayStation Plus icon inside of it.
There was also a banner image that was eventually removed, but not before VGC translated the service description. Here’s what PlayStation Plus Video Pass was described as:
"“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.”"
Sony hasn’t officially announced anything called PlayStation Plus Video Pass, but it’s possible this is a new service rolling out at some point in the future. Sony recently announced that it would stop selling and renting TV and movie content through the PlayStation Store in August 2021, so maybe this is an eventual replacement service for that.
The banner feature three prominent Sony films: Venom, Zombieland and Bloodshot. Of course, Sony Pictures includes a lot of other big-named franchises as well, including The Karate Kid, Ghostbusters, Spider-Man, Jumanji, Men in Black, Zombieland and much more. The point is, Sony has a significant amount of television and movie content and PlayStation Plus Video Pass could be a good way to promote this content.
Sony’s phrasing of PS Plus Video Pass as a “benefit” suggests it will be free for PlayStation Plus subscribers, included with their monthly subscription cost. However, it also mentions that it’s “available for a limited time.”
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Sony has recently upped its offerings for PlayStation Plus subscribers in hopes of competing with Microsoft’s generous Xbox Game Pass. With the launch of the PS5 in November, Sony debuted the PlayStation Plus Collection, a library of 20 PS4 games that could be played on PS5 for free if you are a PS Plus subscriber. Perhaps PS Plus Video Pass will operate similarly, giving subscribers access to a small collection of Sony Pictures movies for free.
Not only would it be a great incentive for people to sign up for PS Plus, but it’s a good way for Sony to familiarize people with their movies which, in turn, could help drive ticket sales for any possible sequels. The timing is a little odd, however, as Sony just signed deals with both Netflix and Disney to offer its movies on both streaming services for a limited time.