With the new PS Plus subscription service finally rolling out, it’s time for us to explain clearly what the different PS+ Tier contains.
The new PS Plus subscription service could have left some PlayStation fans confused. If you just want to understand what each tier actually contains, then you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to explain to you the difference between the three PS+ Tiers: Essential, Extra, and Premium, and how that compares to the PS+ subscription that we’ve been using over the past several years.
PS+ Tiers Inclusions
|Original PS+||Original PS Now||PS+ Essential||PS+ Extra||PS+ Premium||PS+ Deluxe*|
In summary, the new PS+ Essential Tier is the same as the PS+ we know and love. If you still have an active subscription to PS+, then your subscription will automatically transform into a PS+ Essential subscription. Thankfully, the subscription fee doesn’t change between the two, so you can feel assured that if ever you’re playing on a budget, things won’t change on that front. PS+ Essential comes at $59.99 a year. The PS+ Store Page will become more proactive in selling you the upper tiers, however, and will show you games that are accessible from upper tiers, disappointing you when you select a game and turns out that you’d need a higher-tier sub to play it.
Meanwhile, PS+ Extra combines both PS+ and the soon-to-be-phased-out PS Now subscription service. The only difference is that PS+ Extra only contains access to the PS4 and PS5 libraries. These libraries will be refreshed every month, so new games will come in as old games will also be removed over time. PS+ Extra comes at $99.99 a year.
Finally, PS+ Premium has the PS+ Extra treatment but also contains the cloud-based PS3 library. PS+ Premium also has a library of over 340 classic downloadable PSOne and PS2 games, which will be expanded every month. PS+ Premium subscribers will also be offered time-limited game trials for titles like Horizon Zero Dawn and WWE 2K22, which last between two to five hours, with progress from these demos carrying over to the base game once purchased. PS+ Premium comes at $119.99 a year.
On top of these, Ubisoft+ and Ubisoft+ Classics will eventually roll out as part of the PS+ subscription service.
For a tentative list of launch titles coming out of PS+ Extra and PS+ Premium, click here.
For a tentative list of titles available for demo and time trials under the PS+ Premium tier, click here.
PS+ Essential, PS+ Extra, and PS+ Premium will all arrive in North America on June 13, 2022. For the rest of the release dates around the world, click here.
PS+ Subscription Tiers Pricing Summary
PS+ Classic – $59.99 per year
PS Now – $69.99 per year
PS+ Essential – $59.99 per year
PS+ Extra – $99.99 per year
PS+ Premium – $119.99 per year
PS+ Deluxe – region-dependent
So, it boils down to whether or not you think having access to a library containing over 400 downloadable PS4 and PS5 games is worth the additional $40 a year, and if access to PSOne, PS2, and PS3 games is worth the additional $20 when upgrading from Extra to Premium. Do note that if you have an active PS+ subscription, Sony will allow that subscription to run its course until it expires. Unfortunately, Sony is also not offering any discount for upgrading from the PS+ Classic subscription service to either PS+ Extra or PS+ Premium. Hence, if you already have PS+ and want to upgrade, you’ll still have to pay full price.