Everything You Need To Know About PlayStation Plus

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Sony’s PlayStation Plus has been around for more than a decade, however, the service received a full makeover in June 2022. Prior to this change, PS Plus granted subscribers access to online multiplayer, free monthly games, and a few other benefits like unique discounts on the PS Store. During this period, players could also subscribe to PlayStation Now to gain access to a library of PS4, PS3, and some PS2 games.


In 2022, Sony opted to combine these two services into a new version of PS Plus. Utilizing a tier system, this model has hundreds of games from across PlayStation’s history, multiple price points, and a slew of other features. With the service picking up steam, it makes sense that a PS5 or PS4 owner might want a full breakdown of what they can expect if they decide to subscribe to PS Plus.


What Are PlayStation Plus’s Tiers?

Rather than present a one-size-fits-all subscription, PS Plus lets users have their pick from three tiers: Essential, Extra, and Premium. Here is a brief summary of each level’s offerings:

  • Essential
    – The core PS Plus benefits as they were prior to the 2022 relaunch. Subscribers gain access to online multiplayer, monthly games, exclusive discounts, and a few other benefits.

  • Extra

    Essential tier benefits
    + a catalog of downloadable PS5 and PS4 games.

  • Premium
    – Essential & Extra tiers benefits + a catalog of classic PS3, PS2, PS1, and PSP games.

Ultimately, picking a PS Plus tier comes down to someone’s needs. If a player will only be using the online multiplayer feature, Essential will suffice and there is little to gain from subscribing to one of the higher tiers.

Premium’s central selling is its Classics Catalog, which adds hundreds of titles on top of the PS5 and PS4 games that are also available in the Extra tier. While this collection is grand, please note that PS3 games are played through Cloud Streaming and cannot be downloaded. Consequently, their performance is dependent on the user’s internet connection.

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As there is quite a jump in price from one level to the next, a full breakdown of each tier’s features and benefits might help someone decide whether they should go for Essential, Extra, or Premium.

Essential

Extra

Premium

Monthly Games

Yes

Yes

Yes

Online Multiplayer

Yes

Yes

Yes

Exclusive Discounts

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cloud Storage

Yes

Yes

Yes

Share Play

Yes

Yes

Yes

The PlayStation Plus Collection (PS5 Only)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Exclusive Content

Yes

Yes

Yes

Game Catalog – PS5 & PS4 Games

No

Yes

Yes

Ubisoft+ Classics

No

Yes

Yes

Classics Catalog – PS3, PS2, PS1, and PSP Games

No

No

Yes

Cloud Streaming

No

No

Yes

PS Plus on PC (Using Cloud Streaming)

No

No

Yes

Game Trials

No

No

Yes

How Much Is PlayStation Plus?

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Each PS Plus tier has its own price point to match the benefits included with the subscription.

PS Plus Essential

  • 1-Month Subscription:
    $9.99

  • 3-Month Subscription:
    $24.99

  • 12-Month Subscription:
    $59.99

  • 1-Month Subscription:
    $14.99

  • 3-Month Subscription:
    $39.99

  • 12-Month Subscription:
    $99.99

PS Plus Premium

  • 1-Month Subscription:
    $17.99

  • 3-Month Subscription:
    $49.99

  • 12-Month Subscription:
    $119.99

How To Subscribe To PlayStation Plus?

The process to subscribe to PS Plus is quite straightforward, and there are a couple of avenues people can use to get there.

Newcomers to Sony’s ecosystem will first need to create a PlayStation Network account as this is required to utilize any service, including buying games from the PS Store. An account by following this link.

Directly From A PlayStation Console

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The most convenient way to subscribe to PS Plus is through the PS5 or PS4 console.

  1. Log into the home screen.
  2. Navigate to the PlayStation Plus panel
  3. Select ”
    Subscribe
  4. Pick Essential, Extra, or Premium
  5. Pick a Payment Plan

From A Web Browser

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It is also possible to subscribe to PS Plus directly from a web browser. Visit this playstation.com page and scroll down to the “Choose Your Membership Plan.” From there, choose a tier and select “Add to Cart.” After that, simply check out to complete the transaction.

How To Cancel A PlayStation Plus Subscription?

There might come a time when someone might wish to cancel their PS Plus subscription. The process is quite uncomplicated:

  1. On a web browser, head to the Sony Network’s
    Account Management
    page.
  2. From the menu’s PlayStation Network options, select ”
    Subscription
    .”
  3. Select ”
    Cancel Subscription
    ” near PlayStation Plus.

Account Management’s Subscription page also allows players to change their PS Plus tiers or payment frequency.

What Is PlayStation Plus On PC?

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PS Plus Premium subscribers also have the option to stream games via the service’s PC app. The library includes titles from both the Games and Classics Catalog, although it is not the full selection. Here are some things interested parties should know about this option:

  • The
    DualShock 4 is the only confirmed compatible controller
    . That does not mean other controllers will not work, just that they are not guaranteed by Sony.
  • PS Plus On PC is not currently available in every country that has the main streaming service.
  • PS5 games cannot be streamed.
  • A PS5 or PS4 is not needed to subscribe to PS Plus on PC.
  • Sony recommends a Broadband wired internet connection of a minimum of
    5 Mbps
    ​​​​.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can PS Plus Premium Subscribers Stream PS5 Games?

PS Plus Premium’s Cloud Streaming is compatible with the Games Catalog’s PS4 games and all the titles found in the Classics Catalog. PS5 games cannot be streamed.

Sony has not specified a fixed date of when subscribers can anticipate new additions to the library, but history suggests that games will be added roughly halfway through a month.

Can Subscribers Switch Tiers?

Yes. If someone wants to move up to a higher PS Plus tier, they only need to purchase a new membership at their desired level. This upgrade will happen instantly, and the customer will be charged a prorated fee for the rest of the current month.

If a member wishes to downgrade their tier, they would need to visit their Sony account’s “Subscription” tab to perform the change. This alteration will come into effect once the next payment is made.

Can PS Plus Benefits Be Shared?

While limited to one PS5 or PS4 console, certain PS Plus benefits are shared among the different accounts on the system. These include online multiplayer, access to Premium & Extra’s libraries, downloaded monthly games, and games purchased using a PS Plus discount.

Current as of December 15, 2022.

The games library can vary from country to country.

December 2022’s Free PS Plus Essentials Games

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  • Available from December 6, 2022

During December 2022, PS Plus subscribers of any tier can download Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, Biomutant, and Divine Knockout. As the former is a compilation featuring three highly-regarded sci-fi RPGs, PS Plus’s December line-up technically consists of six games. Mass Effect‘s reputation precedes itself, and the Legendary Edition is the best way to experience Commander Shepard’s story. Biomutant garnered a mixed reception upon release, but the action RPG has an impressive open-world along with decent combat. Divine Knockout is a third-person platform fighter that is debuting directly on PS Plus.

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PS Plus Essentials’ Previous Monthly Free Games

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As PlayStation Plus rarely repeats its free games, the service’s previous freebies are unlike to feature again in the future, at least when it comes to monthly giveaways. That said, they might be added to Extra or Premium at some point, as has proven to be the case with Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

Here are all the PS Plus Essentials free games that have been chosen since Sony launched the new subscription model in June 2022.

Month

Games

November 2022

  • Nioh 2 (PS5/PS4)
  • Heavenly Bodies (PS5/PS4)
  • LEGO Harry Potter Collection (PS4)

October 2022

  • Hot Wheels Unleashed (PS5/PS4)
  • Injustice 2 (PS4)
  • Superhot (PS4)
  • Rogue Explorer (PS5/PS4) – Only Asian Regions
  • Crisis Wing (PS5/PS4) – Only Asian Regions

September 2022

  • TOEM (PS5)
  • Need for Speed Heat (PS4)
  • Granblue Fantasy Versus (PS4)

August 2022

  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 Cross-Gen Deluxe Bundle (PS5/PS4)
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon (PS5/PS4)
  • Little Nightmares (PS4)

July 2022

  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time (PS5/PS4)
  • Arcadegeddon (PS5/PS4)
  • The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan (PS4)

June 2022

  • God of War (PS4)
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl (PS5/PS4)
  • Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker (PS4)

The PlayStation Plus Collection (PS5 Users Only)

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PlayStation 5 owners with any PS Plus tier subscription are granted access to a curated selection of PS4 games, some of which are not part of Premium and Extra’s Game Catalog library.

  • Batman: Arkham Knight

  • Battlefield 1

  • Bloodborne

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – Zombies Chronicles Edition

  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

  • Days Gone

  • Detroit: Become Human

  • Fallout 4

  • Final Fantasy 15 Royal Edition

  • God of War (2018)

  • Monster Hunter: World

  • inFAMOUS Second Son

  • Ratchet and Clank (2016)

  • Resident Evil 7

  • The Last Guardian

  • The Last of Us Remastered

  • Mortal Kombat 10

  • Until Dawn

  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Most subscribers will likely invest in PS Plus Extra as that tier contains more than enough PS5 and PS4 games to keep someone busy for a long time. Unless specifically interested in classic PS games or Cloud Streaming, there is not much reason to pick Premium over Extra. Still, subscribers of both tiers can download and install the following titles.

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PS5 Games

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I-R

S-Z

  • Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Assetto Corsa Competizione
  • Balan Wonderworld
  • Bugsnax
  • Chorus
  • Control: Ultimate Edition
  • Cris Tales
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Deathloop
  • Death Stranding: Director’s Cut
  • Deliver Us The Moon
  • Demon’s Souls (2020)
  • Destruction AllStars
  • Evil Genius 2: World Domination
  • Foreclosed
  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade
  • Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut
  • Ghostrunner
  • Human: Fall Flat
  • I Am Dead
  • Kona
  • Last Stop
  • Maneater
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Metro Exodus
  • Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 5
  • Monster Truck Championship
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Observer: System Redux
  • Oddworld: Soulstorm – Enhanced Edition
  • Onee Chanbara Origin
  • Returnal
  • Saints Row: The Third Remastered
  • Stray
  • Tennis World Tour 2
  • The Artful Escape
  • The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim – Special Edition
  • The Gardens Between
  • The Medium
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • Tour de France 2021
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane – Slayer Edition
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood
  • What Remains Of Edith Finch
  • Wreckfest
  • Wytchwood

PS4 Games

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What Classics Are On PlayStation Plus Premium?

PS Plus Premium celebrates PlayStation’s past, bringing together titles released over the span of more than two decades. If a PS5 or PS4 owner wants to play some old favorites, this tier should deliver.

PS4 Games (Including Remasters Of PS3, Vita, & PSP Games)

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E-R

S-Z

  • Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers
  • Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1
  • Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 2
  • Baja: Edge of Control HD
  • Batman: Return to Arkham – Arkham Asylum
  • Batman: Return to Arkham – Arkham City
  • Bentley’s Hackpack
  • BEYOND: Two Souls
  • BioShock Remastered
  • BioShock 2 Remastered
  • Bioshock Infinite: The Complete Edition
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – Borderlands 2
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
  • Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition
  • Carmageddon: Max Damage
  • Cel Damage HD
  • Crysis Remastered
  • Danger Zone
  • Dangerous Golf
  • Darksiders Warmastered Edition
  • Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition
  • Deadlight: Director´s Cut
  • Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition
  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess
  • God of War 3 Remastered
  • Gravity Rush Remastered
  • Heavy Rain
  • Hotline Miami
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition
  • JumpJet Rex
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning
  • LEGO Harry Potter Collection
  • Leo’s Fortune
  • Limbo
  • Lock’s Quest
  • LocoRoco Remastered
  • LocoRoco 2 Remastered
  • Lumines Remastered
  • Metro 2033 Redux
  • Metro: Last Light Redux
  • Mount & Blade: Warband
  • Outcast – Second Contact
  • Patapon Remastered
  • Patapon 2 Remastered
  • Red Faction: Guerilla Re-MARS-tered
  • Resident Evil Revelations
  • Retro City Rampage: DX
  • Serious Sam Collection
  • Super Star Wars
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • The Raven Remastered
  • Toukiden: Kiwami
  • Ultra Street Fighter 4
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection – Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  • Velocibox
  • WipEout: Omega Collection
  • Yakuza 3 Remastered
  • Yakuza 4 Remastered
  • Yakuza 5 Remastered

PS3 Games (Cloud Streaming)

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PS1, PS2, & PSP Classics Games

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PS1

PS2

PSP

  • Ape Escape
  • Disney·PIXAR Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue
  • Hot Shots Golf
  • I.Q: Intelligent Qube
  • Jumping Flash!
  • Mr. Driller
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
  • Resident Evil Director’s Cut
  • Syphon Filter
  • Syphon Filter 2
  • Tekken 2
  • Wild Arms
  • Worms Armageddon
  • Worms World Party
  • Ape Escape 2
  • Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits
  • Dark Cloud
  • Dark Cloud 2
  • Hot Shots Tennis
  • Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
  • Jak 2
  • Jak 3
  • Jak X: Combat Racing
  • Kinetica
  • Okage: Shadow King
  • Primal
  • Red Faction
  • Red Faction 2
  • Rise of the Kasai
  • Rogue Galaxy
  • Siren
  • Star Wars: Bounty Hunter
  • Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
  • Star Wars Racer Revenge
  • The Mark of Kri
  • War of the Monsters
  • Wild Arms 3
  • Echochrome
  • Echoshift
  • Kingdom of Paradise
  • LocoRoco Midnight Carnival
  • No Heroes Allowed!
  • Super Stardust Portable
  • Toy Story 3

RELATED: PS Plus Extra and Premium Add 23 New Games Today

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So far, Sony has announced PS Plus’s monthly additions roughly a week ahead of time, although things may vary in the future. Typically, all the games are announced at once, but there can be exceptions.

Subscription Tiers

Games

Arrival Dates

Extra & Premium

  • Adventure Time Pirates of the Enchiridion
  • Ben 10: Power Trip
  • The Escapists 2
  • Evil Genius 2
  • Far Cry 5
  • Far Cry New Dawn
  • Far Cry Primal
  • Gigantosaurus The Game
  • Judgment
  • Mortal Shell
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of War
  • The Pedestrian
  • Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire – Ultimate Edition
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  • Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
  • Worms W.M.D

December 20, 2022

January 1, 2023

Premium Only

  • Heavenly Sword
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus
  • Pinball Heroes
  • Ridge Racer 2

December 20, 2022

RELATED: PS Plus Extra Confirms 17 Games for December and 1 for January

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PS Plus’ Last Chance section highlights which games will be leaving the service in the near (or distant) future. To ensure that subscribers do not miss out on a departing title they are interested in, they should keep an eye on which PS Plus games are coming and going. Since the service’s launch, only a few games per month have been removed.

Subscription Tiers

Games

Departure Dates

Extra & Premium

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

December 20, 2022

  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – The Definitive Edition (PS4)

February 21, 2023

Premium Only

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Game Trials

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Besides instant access to PS Plus’s Game and Classics Catalogs, Premium subscribers can also try out a select few PS5 and PS4 titles for a limited time. Players can currently test out 15 games, and their trial periods vary in length.

  • Biomutant
    (2 Hours)

  • The Cruel King and the Great Hero
    (2 Hours)

  • Crusader Kings 3
    (3 Hours)

  • Cyberpunk 2077
    (5 Hours)

  • Elemental War 2
    (2 Hours)

  • Elex 2
    (2 Hours)

  • Horizon Forbidden West
    (5 Hours)

  • Hot Wheels Unleashed
    (2 Hours)

  • LEGO City Undercover
    (2 Hours)

  • MLB the Show 22
    (4 Hours)

  • MotoGP 22
    (2 Hours)

  • MX vs ATV Legends
    (2 Hours)

  • Olli Olli World
    (1 Hour)

  • Phoenix Point
    (2 Hours)

  • Rollerdrome
    (1 Hour)

  • Soul Hackers 2
    (2 Hours)

  • Spellforce 3 Reforced
    (2 Hours)

  • Steelrising
    (2 Hours)

  • Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
    (2 Hours)

  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
    (2 Hours)

  • WWE 2K22
    (2 Hours)

PS Plus Exclusive Packs

Regardless of their chosen tier, PS Plus subscribers can download for free an array of DLC and packs from a selection of games. Here are a couple of examples:

  • Brawlhalla
    (Bonus Pack 4)

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
    (Combat Pack – Motorpool)

  • H1Z1
    (Bandit Pack)

  • Smite
    (Kukulkan Skin)

  • Warface
    (Rime Pack)

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  • Best Games By Generation

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    Taking into consideration the Game and Classics Catalogs along with other benefits like the PlayStation Plus Collection, there are over 500 games on Sony’s service. Consequently, narrowing down the library to the cream of the crop can be tiring, and Sony’s app does not make the search process all that straightforward. Along with checking out the master list covering the overall best games on PS Plus Premium & Extra, the articles below highlight stand-out titles per console (minus PSP).

  • Best Games By Genre

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    Be it JRPGs, horror, or first-person shooters, PlayStation Plus covers almost every genre imaginable. Rather than focusing on individual consoles, players might prefer to try out something new in a genre they already love. These upcoming articles should help provide some guidance.

  • How PS Plus Works

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    PlayStation Plus is an ever-evolving service. While this guide covers everything that most people need to know about Sony’s platform, the below articles expand on a few points.

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