Sony Has Unveiled Several New Tiers for PlayStation Plus
We’ve known that this was coming for ages now as Sony’s plans to improve PlayStation Plus have been known for some time now. It’s nice to see things are now official and we have a date for when we can expect to see these changes. The revamped PlayStation Plus service will roll out in June 2022 with three tiers of subscription levels being made available to subscribers.
“Today, we are pleased to share with you official news about changes coming to our subscription services. This June, we’re bringing 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,” says Jim Ryan.
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
Prices for PlayStation Plus Essential will remain the same and is effectively the current service being offered to subscribers. There will be two monthly downloadable games, exclusive discounts, cloud storage, and online access. If you want a basic subscription, then this is where you want to be.
In the US, this will be $9.99 monthly / $24.99 quarterly / $59.99 yearly.
In Canada, this tier will be $12.50 monthly / $31.26 quarterly / $75.05 yearly.
PlayStation Plus Extra
Provides all the benefits from the Essential tier
Adds a catalogue of up to 400* of the most enjoyable PS4 and PS5 games – including blockbuster hits from our PlayStation Studios catalogue and third-party partners. Games in the Extra tier are downloadable for play.
For an extra $40 you gain access to a catalogue of over 400 games on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 that includes first-party games and also third-party games. These can be downloaded to your console.
In the US, this tier will be $14.99 monthly / $39.99 quarterly / $99.99 yearly.
In Canada, this tier will be $18.75 monthly / $50.03 quarterly / $125.09 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 catalogue 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.
At this tier, you have access to games dating back to the original PlayStation era, as well as many games available up until today.
In the US, this tier will be $17.99 monthly / $49.99 quarterly / $119.99 yearly.
In Canada, this tier will be $22.51 monthly / $62.54 quarterly / $150.11 yearly.
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 catalogue 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.
PlayStation Now will now be a part of PlayStation Plus and will no longer be a standalone service with existing customers transitioning to PlayStation Plus Premium with no increase in subscription fees.
Ryan says that there will be an “initial launch in several markets in Asia, followed by North America, Europe and the rest of the world where PlayStation Plus is offered.” The goal is to have the service rolled out by the end of the first half of 2022.