Laughing and joking, there is now exactly one week left June 23, 2022debut day in our shores of PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium, the two new subscription levels of Sony’s service that include a rich catalog of PS5 and PS4 games, old glories of the PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP era, as well as time trials of dozens and dozens of titles. Have you already decided if you will switch to one of the new subscription tiers?
Starting next Thursday PlayStation Plus will be renewed by proposing three different subscription levels: Essential, Extra and Premium. Considering that there are a few days left to launch, many of you will probably already have clear ideas about what to do, but let’s do a quick review of the features of the PS Plus 2.0 anyway.
PlayStation Plus Essential is the basic subscription and represents in all respects the good old PS Plus we have known for years. Priced at € 8.99 per month / € 24.99 for three months / € 59.99 per year, it allows access to online game features, exclusive discounts on the PlayStation Store, saves and data on the cloud, the inevitable free monthly games for PS5 and PS4 ( by the way you still have time to redeem those of) and other bonuses reserved for subscribers. In short, nothing new under the sun.
Going up tier we find PlayStation Plus Extra which, in addition to the benefits of the basic subscription, includes a catalog with up to 400 games for PS5 and PS4 at launch, all at a cost of 13.99 € per month / 39.99 € for three months / 99.99 per year. We are talking about a rather substantial and valid selection, which includes exclusive PlayStation Studios first parties, such as Demon’s Souls Remake, Returnal, Ghost of Tsushima, God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man, as well as many third-party games such as Mortal Kombat 11, Red Dead Redemption 2, Control and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Not only that, Ubisoft + Classic is also included in the subscription, which includes a selection of games from the French software house (50 by the end of 2022), such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and various chapters of the Far Cry series.
At the moment we do not yet know the Full list of the PS5 and PS4 games of the European PS Plus Extra, but except for surprises it will be very similar to that of the titles available to subscribers in the USA. The catalog will also expand over time, with Sony announcing new entries in the middle of each month.
Finally we have PlayStation Plus Premium, the most expensive subscription, from 16.99 € per month / 49.99 € for three months / 119.99 € per year which, in addition to all the advantages of the previous two tiers, includes hundreds of games for PS1, PS2, PSP and PS3 (these latest usable only in streaming in the original versions). Also, if you want, you can stream PS1, PSP, PS2, PS3 and PS4 titles on PS5, PS4 and PC (here are the system requirements). Added to this are timed trial versions of at least 2 hours of dozens of PS5 and PS4 titles.
Also in this case we can get an idea of what awaits us with the PlayStation Plus Premium catalog by taking a look at the list of games currently available in the USA. Furthermore, we remind you that the PS1 and PSP classics on PS5 and PS4 benefit from additional options such as quick saves, rewinds and filters, as well as, at the discretion of the developers, Trophy support.
If you already have an active PS Plus subscription, you will automatically become an Essential subscriber starting June 23rd. Also, if you are a PlayStation Now subscriber (which will be incorporated into the new subscriptions) you will automatically upgrade to PS Plus Premium at no additional cost. Essential subscribers who wish to upgrade to Extra or Premium will be able to upgrade their subscription plan by paying a fee for theupgrade calculated in proportion to the cost of the desired tier and the remaining subscription days. The upgrade applies to the entire remaining period, which does not play in favor of those who have many months or even years of active subscription.
A bit like with the Xbox Game Pass, the PS Plus 2.0 will therefore allow PS5 and PS4 players to access a full-bodied catalog ever-expanding, with new triple-A and non-triple-A titles coming each month. The biggest difference from Microsoft’s service is that Extra and Premium will not include PlayStation Studios exclusives at launch, which will rather be added later with timelines yet to be clarified.
And now we leave the word to you. Will you upgrade to PlayStation Plus Extra or Premium at launch? Or will you settle for the basic subscription, the Essential? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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