As game subscription services become more popular thanks to the likes of Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass and Nintendo Switch Online, Sony was left as the last major console manufacturer to not offer a cohesive, comprehensive subscription offering. That changes this June as Sony brings together PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now in an all-new PlayStation Plus subscription service that provides more choice to customers across three membership tiers globally.
The company says that its focus is on providing high-quality, curated content with a diverse portfolio of games.
Here is an overview of the three membership tiers:
PlayStation Plus Essential
Provides the same benefits that PlayStation Plus members are getting today, such as:
Two monthly downloadable games
Cloud storage for saved games
Online multiplayer access
There are no changes for existing PlayStation Plus members in this tier.
Price* for PlayStation Plus Essential remains the same as the current price for PlayStation Plus.
$9.99 monthly / $24.99 quarterly / $59.99 yearly
€8.99 monthly / €24.99 quarterly / €59.99 yearly
£6.99 monthly / £19.99 quarterly / £49.99 yearly
¥850 monthly / ¥2,150 quarterly / ¥5,143 yearly
PlayStation Plus Extra
Provides all the benefits from the Essential tier
Adds a catalog of up to 400* of the most enjoyable PS4 and PS5 games – including blockbuster hits from our PlayStation Studios catalog and third-party partners. Games in the Extra tier are downloadable for play.
$14.99 monthly / $39.99 quarterly / $99.99 yearly
€13.99 monthly / €39.99 quarterly / €99.99 yearly
£10.99 monthly / £31.99 quarterly / £83.99 yearly
¥1,300 monthly / ¥3,600 quarterly / ¥8,600 yearly
PlayStation Plus Premium**
Provides all the benefits from Essential and Extra tiers
Adds up to 340* additional games, including:
PS3 games available via cloud streaming
A catalog of beloved classic games available in both streaming and download options from the original PlayStation, PS2 and PSP generations
Offers cloud streaming access for original PlayStation, PS2, PSP and PS4 games offered in the Extra and Premium tiers in markets** where PlayStation Now is currently available. Customers can stream games using PS4 and PS5 consoles, and PC.***
Time-limited game trials will also be offered in this tier, so customers can try select games before they buy.
PlayStation Plus Deluxe (Select Markets) For markets without cloud streaming, PlayStation Plus Deluxe will be offered at a lower price compared to Premium, and includes a catalog of beloved classic games from the original PlayStation, PS2 and PSP generations to download and play, along with time-limited game trials. Benefits from Essential and Extra tiers are also included. Local pricing will vary by market.
In a post, Sony said: “The new Extra and Premium tiers represent a major evolution for PlayStation Plus. With these tiers, Sony says that their key focus is to ensure that the hundreds of games offered will include the best quality content that sets them apart from their competitors. At launch, they plan to include titles such as Death Stranding, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11, and Returnal. The company says that they’re working closely with their imaginative developers from PlayStation Studios and third-party partners to include some of the best gaming experiences available with a library that will be regularly refreshed.”
When the new PlayStation Plus service launches, PlayStation Now will transition into the new PlayStation Plus offering and will no longer be available as a standalone service. PlayStation Now customers will migrate over to PlayStation Plus Premium with no increase to their current subscription fees at launch.
Due to the massive nature of this project, the rollout will be conducted in a phased regional approach. The initial launch will take place in June for several markets in Asia, followed by North America, Europe, and the rest of the world where PlayStation Plus is offered. Sony says that they plan to have PlayStation Network territories live with the PlayStation Plus game subscription service by the end of the first half of 2022 and that they plan to expand their cloud streaming benefit to additional markets, however no further information has been provided at this stage.
South African pricing and availability have not yet been confirmed.
*Local pricing may vary by market. PlayStation Plus catalog titles may also vary by market and tier, and may change over time. PlayStation Plus is an ongoing subscription subject to a recurring subscription fee taken automatically until cancellation. Age restrictions apply. Terms apply: play.st/psplus-usageterms
**Current markets where PlayStation Now is available: US, Canada, Japan, UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden.
***PC streaming is not available in Japan at launch and will be supported in a future update.