PlayStation has now officially rolled out the highly anticipated and highly anticipated revamp for PlayStation Plus. The new and improved version of PS Plus essentially combines the classic PlayStation Plus with some aspects of its former other subscription service, PlayStation Now. The new tiers all fall under the Plus umbrella and are titled Essential, Extra, and Premium. The levels offer service ranging from what you’re used to from the standard PS Plus to a huge library of current and classic PlayStation games. Here’s everything you need to know about the revised PlayStation Plus.
PS Plus now has levels
The biggest change PS Plus users will notice are the new levels. Since the beginning, PS Plus has always been an offer that offered the same benefits to anyone who bought online multiplayer, exclusive discounts, cloud storage and most importantly free monthly games. With the PS5, PlayStation even added the PS Plus Collection, which brought a number of PS4 titles to PS5 users for free as long as they had a subscription. Now more benefits have been added to PS Plus, as long as people are willing to pay a higher premium for the two new tiers. Here’s an overview of the new levels and what they include:
PlayStation Plus Essential Features and Price
PlayStation Plus Essential is the lowest tier of PS Plus subscriptions and is essentially a rebrand of the service as it existed before. If you’re interested in the exact same service for the exact same price, this is for you. That means you get access to multiplayer, PS Plus discounts, cloud storage and a distribution of free games on PS4 and PS5 every month. You also retain access to the PS Plus Collection, which includes PS4 titles such as Bloodborne and The Last of Us Remastered.
- US: $9.99 per month / $24.99 per quarter / $59.99 per year
- UK: £6.99 per month / £19.99 per quarter / £49.99 per year
- Australia: $11.95 per month / $33.95 per quarter / $79.95 per year
PlayStation Plus Extra features and price
PlayStation Plus Extra is the middle tier of PS Plus’ new offerings and is a step up from the Essential tier. It includes everything from the layer below and adds a catalog of up to 400 games in the PS4 and PS5 library for download, including Ubisoft+ games. The Extra Tier itself has some notable PS4 and PS5 games like Death Stranding, God of War, and Marvel’s Spider-Man.
- US: $14.99 per month / $39.99 per quarter / $99.99 per year
- UK: £10.99 per month / £31.99 per quarter / £83.99 per year
- Australia: $18.95 per month / $54.95 per quarter / $134.95 per year
PlayStation Plus Premium Features and Price
PlayStation Plus Premium represents the new high-end version of PS Plus with all the bells and whistles. It offers all the benefits of both the Essential and Extra levels and adds up to 340 additional games to play. These additional games come from the PS3, PS2, PSP, and PlayStation libraries.
While PS3 games can only be streamed, the rest of the system libraries are available through a combination of download and streaming. This level also includes limited-time trials for newer games such as Horizon Forbidden West and Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. As a warning, in markets where cloud streaming is not available, PlayStation Plus Deluxe is offered at a slightly lower price. It includes most of the same features, but loses the ability to play streaming games, including all those PS3 titles.
- US: $17.99 per month / $49.99 per quarter / $119.99 per year
- UK: £13.49 per month / £39.99 per quarter / £99.99 per year
- Australian: $21.95 per month / $63.95 per quarter / $154.95 per year
In markets where cloud streaming is not available, PlayStation Plus Deluxe will be available instead of Premium. The price of this service varies by market.
Does PS Plus still have free monthly games?
The classic aspects of PlayStation Plus that were present from the start have not changed. Each tier, including the most basic Essential version, includes online play, PlayStation Store discounts and a rotating offer of two games per month to add to your collection as long as you remain subscribed to the service. Like its competitor on Xbox, Games with Gold, Sony tends to announce the next month’s offers towards the end of each month. The store is updated every first Tuesday of the month with the new games.
New PS Plus games
PS Now has developed a formidable library of games while people have looked elsewhere and as a result, both new levels of PS Plus will add some decent value to your subscriptions. The libraries vary slightly by region. You can check out the full PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium libraries for more information.
In addition to these titles, PlayStation has confirmed that it will regularly refresh their library with a mix of first- and third-party titles. Sony has announced that these updates will take place in the middle of the month, a slight change from the monthly PlayStation Plus games that come out at the beginning of each month. You can also play PSP and PS1 classics that you have already purchased.
Will PS Plus get day one exclusives?
The natural point of comparison for the PS Plus relaunch is Xbox Game Pass, which has steadily grown in popularity and subscribers since its launch in 2017. In what was and remains an unprecedented step, all Xbox exclusive titles are coming to Game Pass on day one. This has made Game Pass incredibly likable (not to mention affordable) for Xbox fans, but has been a source of controversy in the wider industry as some worry it could cannibalize game sales at launch. PlayStation fans, of course, waited for news that they might be getting exclusives on day one, but were disappointed when PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan told Gamesindustry.biz that they wouldn’t be releasing their own games on PS Plus immediately.
Rather than offering day one exclusives, PlayStation will leverage the Premium tier timed trials to bring new games to players. The hope seems to be that the trials will entice more subscribers to sample their most exclusive content, and that completing the trials will encourage more players to purchase the full game afterward.
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