PlayStation Plus Premium/Extra: Pricing, free monthly games and everything we know



PlayStation has now officially rolled out its long-awaited and long-awaited redesign for PlayStation Plus. The new and improved version of PS Plus essentially combines classic PlayStation Plus with some aspects of its old other subscription service, PlayStation Now. The new tiers are all under the Plus umbrella and labeled Essential, Extra, and Premium. Tiers offer service ranging from what you’d expect from standard PS Plus to a massive library of current and classic PlayStation games. Here’s everything you need to know about the overhauled PlayStation Plus.

PS Plus now has levels

The biggest change PS Plus users will notice are the new levels. Since its inception, PS Plus has always been an offer that offered the same benefits to everyone who bought online: online multiplayer, exclusive discounts, cloud storage and, most importantly, free monthly games. With the PS5, PlayStation even added the PS Plus Collection, which offered a number of PS4 titles to PS5 users for free as long as they maintained a subscription. Now more perks have been added to PS Plus as long as people are willing to pay a higher premium for the two new tiers. Here’s a breakdown of the new tiers and what they include:

Features and price of PlayStation Plus Essential

PlayStation Plus Essential is the lowest tier of PS Plus subscriptions and is essentially a rebranding of the service as it existed before. If you want to keep the exact same service at the same price, this is the one for you. That means you’ll get multiplayer access, PS Plus discounts, cloud storage, and free game giveaways on PS4 and PS5 every month. You’ll 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 term / £49.99 per year
  • Australia: $11.95 per month / $33.95 per term / $79.95 per year

PlayStation Plus Extra Features and Pricing

PlayStation Plus Extra is the middle tier of the new PS Plus offerings and is a step up from the Essential tier. It includes everything from the lower tier and adds a catalog of up to 400 games across the PS4 and PS5 library for download, including Ubisoft+ games. The Extra tier itself contains 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 term / £83.99 per year
  • Australia: $18.95 per month / $54.95 per term / $134.95 per year

PlayStation Plus Premium Features and Pricing

PlayStation Plus Premium represents the new premium version of PS Plus with all the bells and whistles. It has all the benefits of the Essential and Extra tiers and adds up to 340 additional games that can be played. 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 mix of download and streaming. This tier also includes time-limited trials for new games like Horizon Forbidden West and Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. Please note that in markets where cloud streaming is not available, PlayStation Plus Deluxe will be offered at a slightly lower price. It will include most of the same features but loses the ability to stream 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 term / £99.99 per year
  • Australia: $21.95 per month / $63.95 per term / $154.95 per year

In markets where cloud streaming is not available, PlayStation Plus Deluxe will be available rather than Premium. The price for this service will vary by market.

Does PS Plus still offer free monthly games?

The classic aspects of PlayStation Plus 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 Xbox competitor, Games with Gold, Sony tends to announce next month’s deals towards the end of each month. The store is updated with new games on the first Tuesday of every month.

New PS Plus Games

PS Now has developed a tremendous library of games as people have been looking elsewhere and as a result the two new tiers of PS Plus will add tremendous value to your subscriptions. Libraries vary slightly by region. You can check out the complete PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium libraries for more information.

Besides these titles, PlayStation has confirmed that it will regularly refresh its library with a mix of first-party and third-party titles. Sony has announcement that these refreshes will take place in the middle of the month, a slight change from the monthly PlayStation Plus games that arrive at the start of each month. You’ll also be able to play the PSP and PS1 classics you’ve already purchased.

Will PS Plus get day one exclusives?

The natural point of comparison for the relaunch of PS Plus is Xbox Game Pass, which has steadily grown in popularity and subscriber numbers since its launch in 2017. In what was and remains an unprecedented move, all Xbox exclusive titles arrive on day one of Game Pass. This has made Game Pass incredibly likeable (not to say affordable) for Xbox fans, but has been a source of controversy in the wider industry, as some fear it could cannibalize game sales at launch. PlayStation fans were understandably waiting for news that they might get day one exclusives, but were disappointed when PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan said gamesindustry.biz that they would not immediately release their own games on PS Plus.

Instead of offering day-one exclusives, PlayStation will leverage Premium tier timed trials to give players a taste of new games. The hope seems to be that the trials will attract more subscribers to sample their most exclusive content, and that completing the trials will entice more players to purchase the full game afterwards.

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