Sony have finally revealed that they’re changing their PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now subscriptions, rolling them together into three tiered subscriptions, known as PlayStation Plus Essential, PlayStation Plus Extra and PlayStation Plus Premium. The planned changes will come into effect in June. However, the announcement article has a lot of information to parse through, so here’s all the essential information you need to know about all three tiers of PlayStation Plus.
PlayStation Plus Essential
Price: $9.99 monthly/£6.99 monthly
PlayStation Plus Essential is basically the same as the regular PlayStation Plus subscription that players have right now, with subscribers receiving the same benefits as they do right now: two free games a month as part of their subscription, exclusive PS Plus discounts on the PlayStation Store, cloud storage for your saved games and the ability to play online multiplayer. Current subscribers will see no change to their pricing or benefits on this tier.
PlayStation Plus Extra
Price: $14.99/£10.99 monthly
Now, for the bonus tier. PlayStation Plus Extra is the second tier of subscription for the new PlayStation Plus, and it includes all the benefits of the Essential tier. On top of that, the tier includes a library of “up to 400” PS4 and PS5 titles from both first and third party developers. These games will be available to download, so those who struggle with cloud streaming due to internet issues will be delighted to hear that. This tier will cost $14.99/£10.99, putting it in competition with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate in terms of pricing.
PlayStation Plus Premium
Price: $17.99/£13.49 monthly
Finally, the PlayStation Plus Premium tier is the most expensive, but fans of retro gaming might enjoy it. Alongside everything included in the Essential and Extra tier, the Premium tier also includes “up to 340” additional games. PS3 games are included, but are only available via cloud streaming, similar to PlayStation Now, so the real selling point of Premium is the raft of PS1, PS2 and PSP games that are included for both download and cloud streaming.
Premium’s benefits also include the ability to cloud stream games from PS1 to PS4 in markets where PlayStation Now is currently available, with streaming available on PS4, PS5 and PC. Finally, time limited game trials are available on this tier, allowing players to try games before buying, similar to EA Play’s 10 hour trial period for new games. This tier will cost $17.99/£13.49 per month.
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