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PS Plus: price and what you need to know about Sony's gaming subscription

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PS Plus is getting an overhaul, with new tiered membership options that will include its existing game streaming service.   

The all-new PlayStation game subscription service was announced in March, and essentially combines PS Plus and PS Now in an all-new PS Plus package. It was only a matter of time before Sony had to answer the juggernaut that is Xbox Game Pass but it's not a like-for-like competitor by any means. Sony says the focus of the revamp is to bring players diverse, top-notch titles,meaning subscribers will have access to a library of previous gen games.  

In its current incarnation, PS Plus offers a handful of free monthly games as well as the ability to play online multiplayer. PS Now allows members to stream and download PS2, PS3, and PS4 games from a catalog of hundreds, with new ones added every month.  

The overhaul has been a long time coming. While Microsoft's original old Xbox Live Gold model is still chugging along, it's been funneling customers towards its Game Pass subscription service for years now. 

With early access, game trials, and brand new titles hitting Game Pass at launch, the whole ecosystem makes gaming more affordable. Paired with the cheaper Xbox Series S, development of Cloud Gaming, and Xbox All Access that lets you pay for the Xbox Series X|S in installments, Microsoft has removed a lot of the financial barriers associated with buying a new console and playing the latest games.

While PlayStation exclusives have continued to be the focal point for Sony, it can't ignore Game Pass forever. So let's see what Sony is offering to combat Xbox Game Pass. 

PS Plus release date

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The all-new PS Plus subscription service has already started rolling out in Asia, and will make its way to the Americas and Europe in June. It'll offer three tiers globally, but Sony is offering a fourth tier for select markets without cloud streaming support.  

The vague "June timeframe" was narrowed down in April with an updated regional rollout schedule: 

  • Asia markets (excluding Japan) – May 23, 2022
  • Japan – June 1, 2022
  • Americas – June 13, 2022
  • Europe – June 23, 2022

Sony says it's aiming to have the new PS Plus service live in most territories by the end of the first half of 2022. So ideally, it'll be in full swing by the end of June. 

Ghost of Tsushima

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PS Plus price

The new PS Plus is rolling both PS Now and existing PS Plus into one all-encompassing service with three tiers, plus a fourth tier called PS Plus Deluxe. 

Pricing for PS Plus Deluxe hasn't been confirmed yet, but it's a cheaper alternative to PS Plus Premium for regions without cloud gaming support.

We'll go into details of the tiers in the next section, but in terms of pricing, here's what we're looking at: 

  • PS Plus Essential
    • $9.99 monthly / $24.99 quarterly / $59.99 yearly
    • £6.99 monthly / £19.99 quarterly / £49.99 yearly
    • AU$11.95 monthly / AU$33.95 quarterly / AU$79.95 yearly
  • PS Plus Extra
    • $14.99 monthly / $39.99 quarterly / $99.99 yearly
    • £10.99 monthly / £31.99 quarterly / £83.99 yearly 
    • Approx.  AU$20 monthly / AU$53.50 quarterly / AU$133.70 yearly
  • PS Plus Premium
    • $17.99 monthly / $49.99 quarterly / $119.99 yearly
    • £13.49 monthly / £39.99 quarterly / £99.99 yearly 
    • Approx. AU$24 monthly / AU$67 quarterly / AU$160.50 
  • PS Plus Deluxe
    • Pricing TBC

If you're wondering how that stacks up to the current landscape, at present, Sony offers two subscription services: PS Plus and PS Now. You can opt for a one, three, or a 12-month subscription for either service.

PS Plus lets you play online, gives you a handful of free games every month including PS4, PS5, and PSVR games, and offers members exclusive discounts and content. There's also 100GB of cloud storage thrown in, along with the Share Play feature. 

It comes in at $9.99 / £6.99 / AU$11.95 for one month, $24.99 / £19.99 / AU$33.95 for three months, and $59.99 / £49.99 / AU$79.95 for an annual membership.

Meanwhile, PS Now lets you download or stream from a collection of PS4, PS3, and PS2 games on PS5, PS4, and Windows PC. New games are added each month. 

It's priced at $9.99 / $24.99 / $59.99 for one, three, and 12-month options in the US. UK pricing is £8.99 / £22.99 / £49.99 for the same increments. Australia and New Zealand don't have access to the service.  

PS Plus tiers

Uncharted protagonist Nathan Drake sitting on a motorbike with his brother

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The new PS Plus subscription will feature three tiers called PlayStation Plus Essential, PlayStation Plus Extra, and PlayStation Plus Premium. 

For territories with cloud streaming, PlayStation Plus Deluxe will be on the table for a lower cost compared to PlayStation Plus Premium.

If you have a current PS Plus subscription, that'll equate to the Essential tier, and pricing will remain the same. We're waiting on official pricing for Australia but we've stuck in some approximate prices in the meantime, based on the US dollar prices. But note that it's unlikely that the actual prices will be basic conversion. 

When it comes to switching between tiers, a ResetEra user (opens in new tab) posted a screenshot of an email reportedly being sent out to PS Plus subscribers that contains a new tidbit of information:

"You can easily upgrade to a higher benefits plan at any time. To do so, you’ll need to pay the difference between your current plan and your new plan, adjusted for the remaining time of your subscription."

Interestingly, it also says that members "will keep any stacked subscription period" they've already paid for. At the start of April, people were flocking to buy up a ton of PS Now subscriptions to net themselves savings when it migrates to PS Plus Premium. Some savvy shoppers managed to stack up to ten years worth, so if this is official, you're all set until 2032.  

PS Plus Essential

  • Price:
    • $9.99 monthly / $24.99 quarterly / $59.99 yearly
    • £6.99 monthly / £19.99 quarterly / £49.99 yearly
    • AU$11.95 monthly / AU$33.95 quarterly / AU$79.95 yearly
  • Benefits:
    • Two monthly downloadable games
    • Exclusive discounts
    • Cloud storage for saved games
    • Online multiplayer access
    • Provides the same benefits that PlayStation Plus members are getting today
    • There are no changes for existing PlayStation Plus members in this tier

PS Plus Extra

  • Price:
    • $14.99 monthly / $39.99 quarterly / $99.99 yearly
    • £10.99 monthly / £31.99 quarterly / £83.99 yearly 
    • Approx.  AU$20 monthly / AU$53.50 quarterly / AU$133.70 yearly
  • Benefits:
    • Provides all the benefits from the Essential tier
    • Adds a catalog of up to 400 PS4 and PS5 games – including blockbuster hits from PlayStation Studios catalog and third-party partners. Games in the Extra tier are downloadable for play.

PS Plus Premium

  • Price:
    • $17.99 monthly / $49.99 quarterly / $119.99 yearly
    • £13.49 monthly / £39.99 quarterly / £99.99 yearly 
    • Approx. AU$24 monthly / AU$67 quarterly / AU$160.50 
  • Benefits:
    • Provides all the benefits from Essential and Extra tiers
    • 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
    • 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 

PS Plus Deluxe (Select Markets)

Sony has yet to share pricing for this tier, but it's for markets without cloud streaming. 

PS Deluxe will come in at a lower price than PS Plus Premium. It also includes the benefits from the Essential and Extra tiers, as well as catalog of classic PlayStation, PS2, and PSP games to download and play, and limited-time game trials. 

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PS Plus games

Now the revamped PS Plus has begun rolling out across Asia, we’ve had our first look at its catalog of games. As expected, the service includes a bunch of PS4 and PS5 titles from first- and third-party developers, as well as tons of retro games from the PS1, PS2, and PS3 eras.

It’s our best look yet into what PS Plus has in store for us, but it’s not the final billing. As Sony has made clear (opens in new tab), the service’s library will vary between regions, so some titles listed here may not make it to your part of the world. 

However, we expect the PS Plus library in America and Europe will actually extend beyond this selection. Sony previously said (opens in new tab) the revamped subscription service will include 400 PS4 and PS5 games, but just over 200 are included in this Asian roster.

The catalog will change, however. Sony has confirmed (opens in new tab) that subscribers to PS Plus Essential will receive two complimentary games on the first Tuesday of each month, while those on the PS Plus Extra and Premium tiers will have new titles to dig into in the middle of each month. The number of games added will vary month to month.

Here’s all the games confirmed for PS Plus Asia, most of which we expect will make their way to the European and American markets, too.

PS Plus PS4 and PS5 catalog

  • ABZU
  • Adr1ft
  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall
  • ALIENATION
  • AO Tennis 2
  • Ashen
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (PS4)
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (PS5)
  • Assetto Corsa Competizione (PS4)
  • Assetto Corsa Competizione (PS5)
  • AVICII Invector
  • Balan Wonderworld (PS4)
  • Balan Wonderworld (PS5)
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar
  • Bee Simulator
  • Blasphemous
  • Bloodborne
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Bomber Crew
  • Bound
  • Bound by Flame
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
  • Caladrius Blaze
  • Call of Cthulhu
  • Child of Light
  • Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!
  • Chronos: Before the Ashes
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Concrete Genie: Digital Deluxe Edition
  • Control: Ultimate Edition (PS4)
  • Control: Ultimate Edition (PS5)
  • Damascus Gear: Operation Tokyo HD Edition
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Darksiders III
  • Days Gone
  • Death end re;Quest2
  • DEATH STRANDING
  • DEATH STRANDING: DIRECTOR’S CUT
  • Deliver Us the Moon
  • DEMON’S SOULS
  • Desperados III
  • Destruction Allstars
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Dreamfall Chapters
  • Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires
  • Eagle Flight
  • Elex
  • Embr (PS4)
  • Entwined
  • Everybody’s Golf
  • Fade to Silence
  • Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon: Classic Edition
  • Far Cry 3: Classic Edition
  • Far Cry 4
  • FIGHTING EX LAYER – Standard Version
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy VIII Remastered
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
  • Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age
  • Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition
  • Flatout 4: Total Insanity
  • For Honor
  • For the King
  • Foreclosed (PS4)
  • Foreclosed (PS5)
  • Friday the 13th: The Game
  • Gabbuchi
  • Get Even
  • Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut (PS4)
  • Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut (PS5)
  • Ghostrunner (PS4)
  • Ghostrunner (PS5)
  • God of War
  • Golf with Your Friends
  • Graveyard Keeper
  • Gravity Rush 2
  • Greedfall (PS4)
  • Greedfall (PS5)
  • GRIP: Combat Racing
  • Gunvolt Chronicles Luminous Avenger IX
  • Harvest Moon Light of Hope Special Edition
  • Hello Neighbor
  • Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition
  • Homefront: The Revolution
  • Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
  • Hotshot Racing
  • How to Survive 2
  • How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition
  • Hue
  • Human Fall Flat (PS4)
  • Human Fall Flat (PS5)
  • I am Dead (PS4)
  • I am Dead (PS5)
  • inFAMOUS First Light
  • inFAMOUS Second Son
  • Injustice 2
  • Journey to the Savage Planet
  • Killzone Shadow Fall
  • Killzone Shadow Fall Intercept
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  • Kingdom Two Crowns
  • KNACK
  • Kona (PS4)
  • Kona (PS5)
  • Last Day of June
  • Last Stop (PS4)
  • Last Stop (PS5)
  • Lawn Mowing Simulator (PS4)
  • Lawn Mowing Simulator (PS5)
  • Left Alive
  • Legendary Fishing
  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
  • LittleBigPlanet 3
  • Pathfinder: Kingmaker – Definitive Edition
  • Payday 2: Crimewave Edition
  • PGA Tour 2K21
  • Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition
  • Pixel Piracy
  • Portal Knights
  • Prison Architect
  • Project CARS 2
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Relicta
  • RESOGUN
  • Returnal
  • RIDE 4 (PS4)
  • RIDE 4 (PS5)
  • Risk Urban Assault
  • Saints Row: The Third Remastered (PS4)
  • Saints Row: The Third Remastered (PS5)
  • Secret Neighbor
  • Shadow of the Beast
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Shadow Warrior 3
  • Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom
  • Sniper Elite 4
  • SOMA
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Space Crew: Legendary Edition
  • Space Hulk: Deathwing – Enhanced Edition
  • Space Hulk: Tactics
  • Space Junkies
  • Star Ocean First Departure R
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Steep
  • Steins;Gate Elite
  • Stellaris: Console Edition
  • Surviving Mars
  • Tearaway Unfolded
  • Tennis World Tour 2 (PS4)
  • Tennis World Tour 2 (PS5)
  • Terraria
  • The Artful Escape (PS4)
  • The Artful Escape (PS5)
  • The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
  • The Council – The Complete Season
  • The Crew
  • The Crew 2
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
  • The Fisherman – Fishing Planet
  • THE LAST GUARDIAN
  • The LEGO Movie Videogame
  • The Messenger
  • The MISSING: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories
  • The Surge
  • The Surge 2
  • The Technomancer
  • This is the Police
  • This is the Police 2
  • This War of Mine: The Little Ones
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division
  • Totally Reliable Delivery Service
  • Tour de France 2021 (PS4)
  • Tour de France 2021 (PS5)
  • TowerFall Ascension
  • Trackmania Turbo
  • Transference
  • Trials Fusion
  • Trials of the Blood Dragon
  • Trials Rising
  • TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 2
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Until Dawn
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War
  • Vampyr
  • Virginia
  • Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane – Slayer Edition (PS5)
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane (PS4)
  • Watch Dogs
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood (PS4)
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood (PS5)
  • Werewolves Within
  • Windbound
  • World of Final Fantasy
  • WRC 10 FIA World Rally Championship (PS4)
  • WRC 10 FIA World Rally Championship (PS5)
  • Wreckfest (PS4)
  • Wreckfest (PS5)
  • XCOM 2
  • Y School Heroes: Bustlin’ School life
  • YO-KAI WATCH 4++
  • Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA
  • ZOMBI
  • Zombie Army 4: Dead War
  • 11-11 Memories Retold
  • 2Dark

PS Plus retro catalog

  • Ape Escape (PS1/PS4)
  • Ape Escape (PS1/PS5)
  • Batman: Return to Arkham – Arkham Asylum
  • Batman: Return to Arkham – Arkham City
  • Beyond: Two Souls
  • BioShock 2 Remastered
  • Bioshock Infinite: The Complete Edition
  • BioShock Remastered
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
  • Crysis Remastered
  • Darksiders Warmastered Edition
  • Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition
  • Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition
  • Deadlight: Director´s Cut
  • Disney Pixar Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue (PS1/PS4)
  • Disney Pixar Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue (PS1/PS5)
  • Echochrome (PSP/PS4)
  • Echochrome (PSP/PS5)
  • God of War III Remastered
  • Gravity Rush Remastered
  • Heavy Rain
  • Hot Shots Golf (PS1/PS4)
  • Hot Shots Golf (PS1/PS5)
  • Hotline Miami
  • I.Q: Intelligent Qube (PS1/PS4)
  • I.Q: Intelligent Qube (PS1/PS5)
  • Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy*
  • Jak II
  • Jak 3
  • Jak X: Combat Racing
  • Jumping Flash! (PS1/PS4)
  • Jumping Flash! (PS1/PS5)
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning
  • LEGO Harry Potter Collection
  • LocoRoco Remastered
  • LocoRoco 2 Remastered
  • Mafia: Definitive Edition
  • Mafia II: Definitive Edition
  • Metro: Last Light Redux
  • Metro 2033 Redux
  • Mr. Driller (PS1/PS4)
  • Mr. Driller (PS1/PS5)
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee (PS1/PS4)
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddyse (PS1/PS5)
  • Outcast – Second Contact
  • Patapon Remastered
  • Patapon 2 Remastered
  • Rainbow Moon
  • Resident Evil
  • Syphon Filter (PS1/PS4)
  • Syphon Filter (PS1/PS5)
  • Tekken 2 (PS1/PS4)
  • Tekken 2 (PS1/PS5)
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • The Last of Us: Left Behind
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
  • Wild Arms (PS1/PS4)
  • Wild Arms (PS1/PS5)
  • WipEout: Omega Collection
  • Worms Armageddon (PS1/PS4)
  • Worms Armageddon (PS1/PS5)
  • Worms World Party (PS1/PS4)
  • Worms World Party (PS1/PS5)

PS Plus game trials

  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Tiny Tina's Wonderlands
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • WWE 2K22
  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed
  • Lego City Undercover
  • Biomutant
  • Farming Simulator 22
  • MotoGP 22
  • The Cruel King and the Great Hero
  • ELEX 2

PS Plus Collection

This library of PS4 games can be accessed by every PS Plus subscriber, but you'll need a PS5 to play them.

  • Bloodborne
  • Days Gone
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Monster Hunter: World 
  • Infamous Second Son
  • Ratchet and Clank
  • The Last Guardian
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Mortal Kombat X 
  • Until Dawn 
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Battlefield 1
  • Resident Evil 7 biohazard
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombies Chronicles Edition
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy 
  • Fallout 4 
  • Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition

What does this mean for existing PS Plus and PS Now subscribers?

When the new PlayStation Plus service launches in June, PS Now won't be available as a standalone offering anymore. PS Now members will be migrated over to PS Plus Premium, with no increase to their existing subscription fees at launch.

Presumably, PS Plus subscribers will be migrated over to the Essential tier, given that this offering is the same as the one being offered to players today. 

New PlayStation Plus subscription sneak peek

Sony is calling the new PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium tiers "a major evolution" for its subscription service. The emphasis is on quality, to 'set it apart' – from Xbox Game Pass presumably.

As such, we're going to see some of the biggest titles on the platform made available with the service, including Death Stranding, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11, and Returnal.

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