Beginning in May and June 2022, Sony will expand its PlayStation Plus service to encompass more benefits and features. While the standard option we've been subscribed to for years will remain under a slight rebranding, two more tiers are being introduced to offer its members more as part of their subscription. In this PS5 guide, we are going to break down all three tiers and share what each of them grants you access to. You can find a list of All PS Plus Games through the link.
PS Plus Memberships: All Three Tiers Explained
The tiers introduced in June's PS Plus update encompass a lot of new features, so the table below is designed as an "at a glance" look at what each one offers. Feel free to have a quick look at what each one grants you access to, and then read on to learn more in the individual sections below.
|Monthly PS5, PS4 Downloadable Games||Exclusive Discounts, Cloud Storage, Online Multiplayer Access||A Downloadable Catalogue of Nearly 400 PS5, PS4 Games||PS3 Game Streaming||PS1, PS2, and PSP Game Catalogue for Download and Streaming||Time-Limited Game Trials|
|PS Plus Essential||Yes||Yes||—||—||—||—|
|PS Plus Extra||Yes||Yes||Yes||—||—||—|
|PS Plus Premium||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
PS Plus Essential Explained
The PS Plus Essential tier is the one for any current subscribers that wish for their membership to continue the way it already is. This is simply a rebranding of what we know PS Plus as today, simply with a new name. This tier gives you one PS5 game and two PS4 games each month as part of your membership, as well as access to online multiplayer, cloud storage, and exclusive discounts.
PS Plus Extra Explained
If you want to add some bonus PS5 and PS4 games on top of your basic PS Plus package, the PS Plus Extra tier is the one for you. This essentially combines the pre-existing PS Plus and PS Now services under one roof, with the added bonus it now includes PS5 titles. This catalogue is said to reach up to 400 PS5, PS4 games. All of them will be downloadable.
At launch, the line-up will include Death Stranding, God of War, Marvel's Spider-Man, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11, and Returnal among many others. For a more complete list of the games set to be included in PS Plus Extra, click the link.
PS Plus Premium Explained
The highest tier includes the most features, as you'd expect. On top of everything included in the PS Plus Essential and Extra tiers, you'll also have the ability to stream PS3 games to your console. These titles are only available for streaming; download options won't be present. Also, this catalogue will extend to PS1, PS2, and PSP titles, which will be downloadable. In total, the list of PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP games included is said to reach 340. For a taste of the games included in PS Plus Premium, click the link.
Some of the PS1 and PSP titles will actually be updated with save state and rewind functionality via a new interface. Furthermore, select PS1 and PSP games will even feature improved resolutions and frame rates.
Finally, time-limited game trials of newer titles will be available through PS Plus Premium. You'll be able to play for up to two hours, and earn Trophies during that time. Should you choose to buy the game off the back of the game trial, your save data will carry over.
PS Plus Deluxe Explained
If you live in a region that lacks PS3 game streaming, the highest tier of PS Plus will be called PS Plus Deluxe. This includes all the benefits of PS Plus Essential and PS Plus Extra along with "a catalog of beloved classic games from the original PlayStation, PS2 and PSP generations to download and play, along with time-limited game trials". It's essentially PS Plus Premium, just without the ability to stream PS3 games.
While it's been confirmed the PS Plus Deluxe tier will be cheaper than PS Plus Premium, official pricing hasn't been announced just yet.