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PlayStation Plus Tiers Explained (Essential, Extra, Premium)

PlayStation Plus Tiers Explained (Essential, Extra, Premium)

With the three new PlayStation plus tiers coming out this June, PS fans are excited more than ever to try out the amazing tiers Sony has to offer.

Finally, Sony Interactive Entertainment has decided to up their game by introducing two completely new tiers while keeping the original PS Plus tier as the starting ground.

The new tiers come with extra features like multiplayer, co-op, and, of course, a vast new roster of games.

However, without complete knowledge about the new subscriptions, there’s a high chance that you might end up choosing the wrong one.

Therefore, this article will give a detailed review of the new PlayStation plus tiers, how they are different from Xbox Game Pass, and which is the best one for you?

So, keep reading!

PlayStation Plus Essential

Sony has kept their golden goose AKA the current PlayStation Plus, as it is while rebranding it to the PlayStation Plus Essential. The price and features also remain the same.

Benefits that a PlayStation Plus Essential User Would Get:

  • Free cloud storage
  • Two free games per month for downloading
  • Access to online multiplayer
  • Special discounts

Price:

We can keep on enjoying the same PlayStation subscription at the same price if we are not interested in the other two subscriptions.

  • Monthly Subscription — $9.99/€8.99/£6.99/¥850
  • Yearly Subscription — $59.99/€59.99/£49.99/¥5,143

When to Choose This Basic Plan?

A gamer should choose this PlayStation Plus tier when

  • You are interested in the PlayStation’s classic roster.
  • You have played most of the PS4 and PS5 AAA games.
  • If you are happy with what you currently have.

PlayStation Plus Extra

What’s new in the store is that Sony now allows you to play some of the most amazing Ps4 and Ps5 titles through their new PlayStation Plus extra tier.

It is basically a follow-up version of the PlayStation Plus essential tier, while the only extra thing is that now you can access some bonus games from a massive catalog of up to 400 games.

If we take a glimpse at Sony’s line-up for this tier, we can see some pretty big names like Returnal, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Death Stranding, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and also Mortal Kombat 11.

Benefits that a PlayStation Plus Extra User Would Get:

  • Every existing benefit of the Essential tier.
  • A massive collection of 400 games.
  • Games are now downloadable.

Price: 

  • Monthly Subscription — $14.99 /€13.99/£10.99/¥1300
  • Yearly Subscription — $99.99/€99.99/£83.99/¥8,600

When to Choose This Extra Plan?

A gamer should choose this PlayStation Plus tier when

  • You are looking for something extra
  • If you love to play some big titles every year.
  • If you have joined PlayStation with the Ps5.

PlayStation Plus Premium

The Premium subscription is the highest and arguably the best tier out of all the PlayStation plus tiers. The tier allows you to play the latest PS4 and PS5 games also while reminiscing the previous PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP titles.

Benefits that a PlayStation Plus Premium User Would Get:

  • Every existing benefit of the essential and extra tier.
  • An additional 340 games from the previous PlayStations.
  • Now game trials are also available.

Price: 

  • Monthly Subscription — $17.99 /€16.99/£13.49/¥1550
  • Yearly Subscription — $199.99/€199.99/£99.99/¥10,250

When to Choose This Premium Plan?

A gamer should choose this PlayStation Plus tier when

  • You are interested in Sony’s retro collection
  • You want to enjoy the features of both tiers.
  • If you have no other way of playing the classics.

PlayStation Plus Tier Vs Xbox Game Pass

To be honest, Xbox Game Pass has dominated the gaming era for quite some time. The competition between the PlayStation and Xbox has grown day by day.

Anyone could tell you that the Xbox Game Pass was doing well compared to PlayStation Plus. However, now Sony has decided to make its move.

With the launch of these amazing PlayStation Plus tiers in June, we can say that the gap between both industries has almost dropped to zero.

The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate offers you up to 300 games at 14.99$, which is almost the same as PlayStation Plus Extra. However, in extra, you can enjoy up to 400 games.

Whereas Game Pass Ultimate also contains Xbox 360 games, day one releases at the same price. However, in PlayStation, you would need to pay $17.99/month to get your hands on the classics. The yearly cost of all PlayStation Plus tiers is also much lower.

Final Thoughts

Sony has come a long way from releasing PS1 in 1994 to launching PS5 in 2020. With every passing year, they are making continuous advancements so that their users can enjoy gaming to the core. Releasing new PlayStation Plus Tiers is also one of them. Hence, we can hope for even more amazing tiers in the future.

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