All-new PlayStation Plus arriving in June with a choice of three membership levels

Sony launched PlayStation Plus back in 2010, and the popular console subscription service is about to get a major makeover.

PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now will be merged into an all-new PlayStation Plus with three membership tiers designed to suit all budgets — PlayStation Plus Essential, PlayStation Plus Extra, and PlayStation Plus Premium.

This is what each tier offers:

PlayStation Plus Essential

Benefits: Provides the same benefits that PlayStation Plus members are getting today, such as:Two monthly downloadable gamesExclusive discountsCloud storage for saved gamesOnline multiplayer accessThere are no changes for existing PlayStation Plus members in this tier.Price for PlayStation Plus Essential remains the same as the current price for PlayStation Plus.United States$9.99 monthly / $24.99 quarterly / $59.99 yearlyEurope€8.99 monthly / €24.99 quarterly / €59.99 yearlyUnited Kingdom£6.99 monthly / £19.99 quarterly / £49.99 yearly Japan¥850 monthly / ¥2,150 quarterly / ¥5,143 yearly

PlayStation Plus Extra

Benefits: Provides all the benefits from the Essential tierAdds a catalog of up to 400 of the most enjoyable PS4 and PS5 games — including blockbuster hits from our PlayStation Studios catalog and third-party partners. Games in the Extra tier are downloadable for play.Price:United States$14.99 monthly / $39.99 quarterly / $99.99 yearlyEurope€13.99 monthly / €39.99 quarterly / €99.99 yearlyUnited Kingdom£10.99 monthly / £31.99 quarterly / £83.99 yearly Japan¥1,300 monthly / ¥3,600 quarterly / ¥8,600 yearly

PlayStation Plus Premium 

Benefits:Provides all the benefits from Essential and Extra tiersAdds up to 340 additional games, including:PS3 games available via cloud streamingA catalog 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.Price:United States$17.99 monthly / $49.99 quarterly / $119.99 yearlyEurope€16.99 monthly / €49.99 quarterly / €119.99 yearlyUnited Kingdom£13.49 monthly / £39.99 quarterly / £99.99 yearly Japan¥1,550 – monthly / ¥4,300 — quarterly / ¥10,250 yearlyPlayStation 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 catalog 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.

So why would you want to splash out on the Extra or Premium plans? Sony explains:

The new Extra and Premium tiers represent a major evolution for PlayStation Plus. With these tiers, our key focus is to ensure that the hundreds of games we offer will include the best quality content that sets us apart. At launch, we plan to include titles such as Death Stranding, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Mortal Kombat 11, and Returnal. We’re working closely with our imaginative developers from PlayStation Studios and third-party partners to include some of the best gaming experiences available with a library that will be regularly refreshed. More details to come on the games we’ll have on our new PlayStation Plus service.

The new PlayStation Plus will roll out initially in Asia from June, followed by North America, Europe and the rest of the world. The plan is to offer it to all supported territories by the end of the first half of 2022.

As it is part of the new service, PlayStation Now will cease to be offered as a separate entity.

Author: Martha Meyer