PS Plus has undergone a major overhaul, introducing new tiered membership options that offer subscribers a range of benefits. This is a completely new approach that makes Sony’s subscription service similar to the competition. Not only that, but the caliber of the included games has also improved significantly.
The all-new PlayStation game subscription service combines PS Plus and PS Now into a new PS Plus bundle for PS4 and PS5. It was only a matter of time before Sony responded to the giant that is Xbox Game Pass, but it is not a similar competitor. Sony says the goal of the rebuild is to provide gamers with a variety of top-notch titles, allowing subscribers access to a new library of games.
PS Plus now offers a handful of free monthly games, as well as online multiplayer. There are three tiers to choose from, each offering a different selection of benefits. They come at progressively higher prices depending on what they contain, and range from simple free game bundles to ways to play older PlayStation games. Here’s what you need to know about the three tiers, including the prices and benefits associated with each.
PS Plus price
The new PS Plus combines both PS Now and the existing PS Plus into one comprehensive service with three tiers. In regions without cloud gaming support, such as Australia, there is a slightly cheaper tier called PS Plus Deluxe instead of Premium.
We will discuss the details of the levels in next sectionbut when it comes to pricing, here’s what we’re looking at:
- Essential PS Plus
- $9.99 monthly / $24.99 quarterly / $59.99 annually
- £6.99 per month / £19.99 per quarter / £49.99 per year
- $11.95 monthly / $33.95 quarterly / $79.95 annually
- PS Plus Extra
- $14.99 monthly / $39.99 quarterly / $99.99 annually
- £10.99 per month / £31.99 per quarter / £83.99 per year
- $18 per month / $54.95 quarterly / $134.95 annually
- PS Plus Premium
- $17.99 monthly / $49.99 quarterly / $119.99 annually
- £13.49 per month / £39.99 per quarter / £99.99 per year
- PS Plus Deluxe
- $21.95 per month / $63 per quarter / $154.95 per year
Compared to your previous subscription, PS Plus Essential is exactly the same service as your previous PS Plus subscription, and prices remain unchanged for this tier.
PS Plus lets you play online and gives you a handful of free PS4, PS5, and PlayStation VR games every month, along with discounts and member-only content. 100 GB of cloud storage has also been added, as well as Share Play.
PS Now allows you to download or stream your PS4, PS3 and PS2 game collection on PS5, PS4 and Windows PC. It was not available in Australia, but was priced at $9.99/$24.99/$59.99 for one, three, and 12-month options in the US. UK prices were £8.99 / £22.99 / £49.99 for the same increments. So, assuming you subscribe to both services, PS Plus Premium basically matches that price.
If you previously subscribed to PS Now, that subscription has been transferred to PS Plus Premium. Moreover, this was done without an increase in existing subscription fees at launch. Otherwise, existing PS Plus subscribers have moved to PS Plus Essential.
PS Plus levels
The PS Plus subscription comes in three tiers called PlayStation Plus Essential, PlayStation Plus Extra and PlayStation Plus Premium.
In territories with cloud streaming, PlayStation Plus Deluxe is available for a reduced price compared to PlayStation Plus Premium.
The previous standard PS Plus subscription is the same as the new Essential version, and the prices have remained the same.
Essential PS Plus
- Two monthly games to download
- Exclusive discounts
- Cloud storage for saved games
- Online multiplayer access
- It provides the same benefits that PlayStation Plus members receive today
- There are no changes for existing PlayStation Plus members at this tier
- Provides all the benefits of the Essential tier
- Adds a catalog of up to 400 games for PS4 and PS5 – including hits from the catalog of PlayStation Studios and third-party partners. Extra games can be downloaded and played.
PS Plus Premium
- Provides all the benefits of the Essential and Extra tiers
- Cloud streaming access for Original PlayStation, PS2, PSP and PS4 Extra and Premium games in markets where PlayStation Now is currently available. Customers can stream games using PS4 and PS5 consoles and PC.
- Limited-time trial versions of games will also be offered at this tier, allowing customers to try select games before purchasing
- Adds up to 340 extra games including:
- PS3 games available via cloud streaming
- A catalog of beloved classic games available for both streaming and download from the original generations of PlayStation, PS2 and PSP
PS Plus Deluxe
PS Plus Deluxe is the regional equivalent of PS Plus Premium. It’s only available in regions that currently don’t support cloud gaming, such as Australia and New Zealand, for a lower price. Otherwise, Deluxe includes all other Essential and Extra benefits. Plus, there’s a catalog of classic PlayStation, PS2 and PSP games to download and play, plus time-limited game trials.
PS Plus games
We first took a look at the catalog of new PS Plus games when it started rolling out in Asia. A renewed subscription service for over 400 PS4 and PS5 games from own and third-party developers for Extra/Premium subscribers. There are also retro games from the PS1, PS2 and PS3 era (via cloud streaming).
However, the catalog for Extra/Premium subscribers changes monthly, and like Xbox Game Pass, you don’t retain access when you leave PS Plus. In the middle of each month, new titles are released, the amount of which will vary, but this is nicely separated from the PS Plus Essential games.
Check PlayStation website (opens in a new tab) for a complete list of all the games in the catalog.
Upcoming PS Plus games
Here are the new additions to the PS Plus Extra library:
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition | PS4, PS5
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege | PS4, PS5
- Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX | PS4
- Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 final chapter prologue | PS4
- Kingdom Hearts III | PS4
- Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory | PS4
- Oddworld: Soulstorm – Enhanced Edition | PS4, PS5
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 | PS4
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint | PS4
- Choir | PS4, PS5
- What’s left of Edith Finch | PS4
- Gardens in between | PS4, PS5
As for the PS Plus Premium Library, you get all the games included in Extra plus some extra classics:
- Ratchet & Clank | PS3
- Ratchet & Clank 2: Commando | PS3
- Ratchet & Clank: Expand your arsenal | PS3
- Ratchet & Clank: Jammed | PS3
- Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction | PS3
We can usually predict when we’ll know when more PS Plus games will be announced, in both the Essential and Extra/Premium catalogs.
Core games are usually revealed on the last Wednesday of each month. Sony has also confirmed that the catalog will expand in the middle of each month, so expect more at this point.
However, in 2022, the user Dealabs Billbil-kun (opens in a new tab) has repeatedly (and thoroughly) revealed this composition before. So there’s a chance we’ll find out what we have sooner. We’ll update as we find out what other games are coming to PS Plus next.