The new PlayStation Plus has launched in Europe, Aus & NZ

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The relaunch of PlayStation Plus into a multi-tiered subscription service has arrived in Europe, Australia and New Zealand today, combining PlayStation Plus as you previously knew it with PlayStation Now’s library of games, game streaming and new perks.

There’s a brand new promotional video as well, introducing Mr. Malcolm, someone who you might not expect to be a massive gamer but clearly is. The promo was shot  in six days in six different locations with 94 crew members, 68 actors, 1,270 props, and loads of references to classic PlayStation games.

So far we’ve spotted Uncharted, The Last of Us, Returnal, Horizon, Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding, Bloodborne, Red Dead, NBA, and For Honor.

If you already have PlayStation Plus then you will be moving to PlayStation Plus Essential, and from there can upgrade to the higher tiers.

PlayStation Plus Essential
  • Benefits:
    • Provides the same benefits that PlayStation Plus members are getting today, such as:
      • Two monthly downloadable games
      • Exclusive discounts
      • Cloud storage for saved games
      • Online multiplayer access
    • There 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 yearly
    • Europe
      • €8.99 monthly / €24.99 quarterly / €59.99 yearly
    • United 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 tier
    • Adds a catalogue of up to 400* of the most enjoyable PS4 and PS5 games – including blockbuster hits from our PlayStation Studios catalogue and third-party partners. Games in the Extra tier are downloadable for play.
  • Price:
    • United States
      • $14.99 monthly / $39.99 quarterly / $99.99 yearly
    • Europe
      • €13.99 monthly / €39.99 quarterly / €99.99 yearly
    • United 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 tiers
    • Adds up to 340 additional games, including:
      • PS3 games available via cloud streaming
      • A 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 yearly
    • Europe
      • €16.99 monthly / €49.99 quarterly / €119.99 yearly
    • United Kingdom
      • £13.49 monthly / £39.99 quarterly / £99.99 yearly
    • Japan
      • ¥1,550 – monthly / ¥4,300 – quarterly / ¥10,250 yearly
  • PlayStation 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.

Source: PS Blog

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9 Comments

  1. PlayStation Plus Extra for me!

  2. Sticking with Essential for now – I still have a PS3 and a Vita (and a PSP and PSTV for that matter) so I don’t feel too much need to nab anything else for the moment.

  3. My PS+ just about to expire and i can put all of this behind me. I have a bunch of as yet unplayed games as well as Elden Ring and a slew of NMS updates to check out. I might look into “PS Essentials” if it actually looks like there is anything ‘essential’ about it, i’m not holding my breath on that if the previous 12 months is anything to go by though.

  4. By 6 different shooting locations do they mean 1 butchers, 1 house, 1 basement, 1 street, etc? Otherwise I can’t see why they needed 6 locations. I initially thought it meant different locations around the world.

    The one game I’ve really been looking forward to in these new tiers is Observer System Redux, however it’s still showing up as if it needs to be paid for which is disappointing. At least there are a few other games in my wishlist included.

  5. Looking at the UK store, some games are missing / not included (for example I’ve noticed, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, inFAMOUS, some of the Resident Evil games) so I’d suggest checking before subscribing / upgrading, if there is specific games you’re planning on playing.

    I’d have liked a lot more of the classic PS3 games, for starters where is Resistance 1 and 2! And it’s a shame the Extra tier titles that are streamable, aren’t streamable without upgrading to the Premium tier.

  6. Hey TSA Towers peeps!
    Any idea about games leaving Extra / Premium? I see RDR2 is listed on the UK store as leaving Extra on 20th September, does that include if you’ve downloaded it that you still lose it?!

    • It’s the same rules as before. So the 2 monthly games you can keep and play as long as you have an active subscription of Essentials or better. For the Extra and Premium libraries, it’s like PS Now or Netflix. Once removed from the library, you lose access.

      RDR2, for example, has already had a stay in PS Now, left it and become inaccessible, and come back again.

  7. Also, some games listed as being part of the package, aren’t. Project Cars 3 for example. Wants me to pay £45 for it.

  8. Stacking a couple of years of PS Now when you could still do that was a good plan. I’ve now got almost 2 years of PS+ Premium for just £100.

    And as I never got around to buying them, that’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Return, and Guardians of the Galaxy to download. Cheapest price those 3 have ever been on the PS store? £115.97

    So I’ve saved money already, and there’s dozens more others I’ve never quite got around to buying before either. And lots of other smaller games that were way down the list of things to buy next. Not because they’re bad, just that other bigger things tend to get your attention.

    I really don’t need to buy anything for years now.

    The whole UI for it is what you’d expect from Sony. A bit of a mess and hard to find things. And some things are showing in the various lists of games that (a) aren’t actually included, and (b) aren’t even on the official list on the website. (Project Cars 3 definitely shouldn’t be there)

    I may have to start seriously abusing the wishlist feature. Stick anything I spot I want to play at some point on there, and then work through that when I want something new.

    Overall, it’s an incredibly good deal at £100 a year, and even more of a bargain if you’d stacked years of PS Now and get upgraded. (Which was really the only way Sony could do it – couldn’t charge you more for what you’d already go, or downgrade you to Essential)

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