While Sony’s PlayStation Plus service has been around for over a decade, it has undergone some changes over the years. What started as a means of trying out new games has grown into a great subscription service that offers you tons of benefits and benefits. Now that the PlayStation 5 has launched, many consumers will continue to use their existing PS4 membership or start a new membership for the first time.
In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about PlayStation Plus, from the benefits it includes to its cost and much more.
What is PlayStation Plus?
PS Plus originally came to the PS3 in 2010, with the added benefit of giving players a handful of games every month for an annual fee. These games are often referred to as ‘free’ because you did not have to buy them separately. While the games weren’t technically free because you had to pay for membership, it was a relatively inexpensive way to try out games you wouldn’t have otherwise bought. The great thing is that you can keep these games as long as you remained an active member.
Since then, PS Plus has expanded, allowing members to play with friends online, get deep discounts from the PS Store and now, with PS5 players, get access to the PS Plus collection – a series of 20 fantastic PS4 games. There are also other benefits that come with each membership, which we’ll discuss below.
How much is it?
In the PS3 era, PS Plus was less expensive, although it didn’t offer as many benefits as it does now. Currently, there are a few options for purchasing PS Plus. The options are as follows:
- 1 month – $ 9.99
- 3 months – $ 24.99
- 12 months – $ 59.99
You can purchase PS Plus through your PlayStation system through the store, website or app, or by using prepaid cards sold at retailers. Typically, PS Plus stays around the same price, although different retailers sometimes offer discounts on annual memberships during the holiday season. If you purchase PS Plus through a PlayStation system with a credit card, you will be automatically renewed every year unless you turn this feature off. Parents will often choose to use the prepaid cards so that their kids don’t buy with a credit card.
What are the advantages?
The main reason to get PS Plus is to play online as you must be a member to use multiplayer functionality in all games. Some games don’t require PS Plus to play online, such as Fortnite and Apex Legends, but generally you need a membership to play most games online. As a rule of thumb, free multiplayer games usually don’t require PS Plus to use their online services.
Playing online used to be free across the board on PS3, but starting on the PS4, Sony opted to make it a paid service to compete with Xbox One. That aside, Sony gives players a handful of games every month – most of which are often good, if not great. Below are the benefits you will receive as a PS Plus member.
A wide selection of offers in the digital PS Store will receive an additional discount if you are a PS Plus member. Sometimes it is an extra 10% discount, and sometimes it is much more. If you go to the PS Store via PS5 or PS4, you will find a whole host of games at a discounted rate for PS Plus members. Even games that have not yet been released can be purchased at a discount if you are a PS Plus subscriber. For example, Hitman 3 – Deluxe Edition can be pre-ordered now for $ 63.99 instead of $ 79.99. Even if you only buy a handful of games per year, taking advantage of the discounts can make the membership pay for itself quickly.
PS Plus members are given the option to use cloud storage. This is a convenient way to manage your stored files without using an external memory device. You get 100 GB of storage, which is more than enough for most players. Don’t forget to check if automatic sync is enabled from it Settings for saved data and games / apps menu of your PS4 or PS5 system.
There are other benefits that PS Plus members can access, such as exclusive in-game content, the ability to use Share Play functionality, exclusive avatars and themes, and more. A recent benefit gave PS Plus members free shipping when they ordered a PS5 directly from Sony.
Free monthly games
One of the highlights of PS Plus is the “free games” that members can access every month. These games are given on the first Tuesday of the month and replace the previous month’s offers.
In the past, Sony gave away PS4, PS3 and PS Vita games – two of each – but later switched to just two PS4 games in 2019. Now it looks like Sony may increase the monthly offering to three games – two PS4 and one PS5 game. While this has not been confirmed, the November PS Plus listing included the first PS5 game, Bugsnax, while Sony has confirmed that Destruction All-Stars will be included in the February 2021 offering.
Remember that you can keep the games you get with PS Plus as long as you remain a member. If you let your membership expire, you can access it again by subscribing again. And even if you don’t plan on playing any of the games offered through PS Plus, you should still add them to your library just in case. Typically, the quality of the games offered each month is at least fair. Some months are better than others, but there should be at least a handful of games you’ll enjoy all year round.
What is the PS Plus collection?
One of the newest benefits of PS Plus is the PS Plus collection. This is an additional list of games that you can instantly access on PS5 at no additional cost. The list is full of PS4 games that are backward compatible on PS5, and they will stay in your library as long as you are an active member. For the most part, the PS Plus collection is made up of fantastic games that you absolutely must play – and what better way than to access them via PS Plus? We’ll likely see this list grow over time as more PS5 games come out.
The list of games of the first / second party is as follows:
- Blood borne
- Days passed
- Detroit: Become Human
- God of war
- Unknown second son
- Ratchet and Clank
- The last protector
- The Last of Us Remastered
- Until sunrise
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
And here’s the list of third-party games:
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- Battlefield 1
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombies Chronicles Edition
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
- Fallout 4
- Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition
- Monster Hunter: World
- Mortal Kombat x
- Person 5
- Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
How about a free trial?
If you are not a PS Plus member, you can try it free for 14 days by visiting the website here. As long as you are a new member, the website gives you access to a free two-week trial period, giving you all the benefits of the paid version. And once it expires, you can transfer your benefits to the paid version. Keep in mind that joining the free trial requires credit card information and automatically renews for another month for $ 9.99 if you don’t cancel in advance. Previously, certain console bundles or even games offered 14-day trial vouchers, but these have become less abundant over the years.