We’ve Made a PlayStation Plus Explainer That’s Better Than Sony’s

Layers upon layers.

Since Sony announced its upcoming transition to a new tiered PlayStation Plus subscription service in March, the company has attempted to explain the service’s many benefits in thousands of (sometimes confusing) words in two blog posts. and an FAQ. We’ve tried to break these benefits down with our own posts that include thousands of additional (hopefully less confusing) words.

While we struggled to make sense of the new offerings, we found ourselves wanting a more concise, readable summary that breaks down each tier of the new PlayStation Plus at a glance. And we figured if we wanted that kind of quick reference, some of our readers could too.

So please enjoy this breakdown of the new PlayStation Plus, as clear and concise as possible without forgetting anything important. We’ll try to keep this post updated as Sony adds or clarifies new features.

Summary of prices/benefits

Essential in addition Prime
Monthly price $9.99 $14.99 $17.99
Quarterly price $24.99 $39.99 $49.99
Annual award $59.99 $99.99 $119.99
Two monthly downloadable games X X X
The cloud saves X X X
Online multiplayer access X X X
PlayStation Plus Collection (on PS5) X X X
Downloadable PS4/PS5 Games X X
Ubisoft+ Classics range of games X X
Downloadable PS1/PS2/PSP games X
PS3 games streaming X
Streaming access to PS1/PS2/PS4/PSP games X
Time-limited play trials X

Essential Level Benefits

Two monthly downloadable games

  • These are usually PS4 games these days, sometimes with PS5 enhancements
    • As of early 2020, PS Plus offers 11 PS5 exclusives and 5 PSVR exclusives
  • You can access these games as long as you maintain your subscription

The cloud saves

  • 100 GB of cloud storage per console for PS4 and PS5
  • Limit of 1,000 save files for PS4

Online multiplayer access

  • No subscription is needed for free games like fortnite.

PlayStation Plus Collection (on PS5)

  • A collection of 19 “classic” PS4 games playable on PS5
    • Not available on PS4
    • The full list of games, which hasn’t changed since 2020, can be found here

Extra Tier Perks

Downloadable PS4/PS5 Games

  • 62 titles announced so far, “up to 400” promised in March
    • 50 PS4 exclusives (playable on PS5)
    • Nine PS4 games with “enhanced” PS5 versions
    • Three PS5 exclusives
    • 38 proprietary titles, 24 third-party titles
    • The full list of titles announced so far can be found here

Range of “Ubisoft+ Classics” games

  • It’s not the full lineup of 100 Ubisoft+ games launched in 2019; this is a scaled down version for PlayStation Plus owners
  • “Classics” plan will launch with 27 titles and expand to 50 by the end of 2022, according to Ubisoft
  • The full list of titles announced so far can be found here

Premium Tier Benefits

Downloadable PS1/PS2/PSP games

  • 28 titles announced so far, “up to 340” (including streamable PS3 games) promised in March
    • 19 first-party titles, nine third-party titles
    • Nine PS1 titles, 18 PS2, 1 PSP
    • The full list of titles announced so far can be found here
  • “Selected” classic games will have “improved frame rates and higher quality resolution compared to their original launch versions”
  • “Some” PS1/PSP games will also have a new UI and save/rewind anywhere capabilities
  • PS2 games announced so far will be “remastered”, although the specific meaning of this is unclear at this time.

Streaming Games

  • Stream on a PS4, PS5 or PC
  • Streaming currently available in 19 countries, plus 11 more from June
    • Full list of streaming availability by country available here (scroll down)
  • 29 streamable PS3 titles announced so far
    • 21 first-party titles, eight third-party titles
    • Not remastered
    • No downloadable versions for PS3 games
    • The full list of titles announced so far can be found here
  • Streaming for available PS1/PS2/PS4/PSP games was mentioned in Sony’s March blog post, but wasn’t specifically called out in its latest update.
    • The fine print says “streaming may not be available for some games”
  • PlayStation Now currently has a much larger list of streamable PS2/PS3/PS4 games

Time-limited play trials

  • Six titles announced so far
    • Two owners, four thirds
    • Two PS5 exclusives, four PS4 titles with PS5 enhancements
    • The full list of titles announced so far can be found here
  • Trials will last two hours “for most games”
  • Trial trophies/save data carry over if you purchase the game

Other ratings

  • Remaining PlayStation Plus subscriptions will be converted to Essential subscriptions
  • Remaining PlayStation Now subscriptions will be converted to Premium subscriptions
  • If you have PS Plus and PS Now subscriptions remaining, you will be converted to a Premium subscription for the duration of the longest remaining subscription.
  • Some PS1/PSP games purchased as downloads will be free to download onto a PS4/PS5, even without a PlayStation Plus subscription

Planned transition schedule

  • Asia (except Japan): May 24
  • Japan: June 2
  • Americas: June 13
  • Europe, Australia, New Zealand: June 23

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