We made a better PlayStation Plus demo than Sony [Updated]

We made a better PlayStation Plus demo than Sony [Updated]

Layers upon layers.

[Update: Added tables outlining what types and quantities of games are available at each tier.]

Since Sony announced its upcoming move to a new multi-tiered PlayStation Plus subscription service in March, the company has tried to explain this service’s many advantages in thousands of (sometimes confusing) words via two blog posts and FAQs. We’ve tried to break down these benefits through our own posts of thousands of other words (and hopefully less confusing).

As we struggled to make sense of the new offerings, we found ourselves wanting a more succinct and readable summary that breaks down each of the new PlayStation Plus levels at a glance. And we figured if we want this kind of quick reference, some of our readers might as well.

So please enjoy this breakdown of the new PlayStation Plus, as clearly and concisely as possible without leaving out anything important. We will try to keep this post updated as Sony adds or explains new features.

Pricing / Benefits Summary

Basic additional Expensive
Monthly price $9.99 US $14.99 USD 17.99
quarterly price $24.99 $39.99 US$49.99
Annual price $59.99 $99.99 $119.99
2 downloadable games per month X X X
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 Collection X X
Downloadable PS1 / PS2 / PSP Games X
Streaming PS3 games X
Streaming access to PS1 / PS2 / PS4 / PSP games X
Limited time gaming experiences X

Embedded games

The tables below show the type and amount of games available for download and/or streaming across the different PlayStation Plus subscription levels. Downloadable games can be played on PS4 (except for PS5-exclusive games) or PS5. Stream games can be streamed to PS4, PS5, or PC.

Sony says the Extra may eventually include access to “up to 400” titles from PS4/PS5 while the Premium adds access to an additional “up to 340” classic systems.

The three levels (including the basic) also include two select games that are downloadable per month. The two higher levels also include access to 27 games through Ubisoft + Classics. See below for more information on these two.

Kinds of games

A native
Control unit
additional Expensive
PS1 DL / Stream
PS2 DL / Stream
PSP DL / Stream
PS3 Stream
PS4 DL DL / Stream
PS5 DL DL

Number of matches (announced so far)

A native
Control unit
Basic additional Expensive
PS1 9
PS2 18
PSP 1
PS3 29
PS4 19 * 59 + 19 * 59 + 19 *
PS5 3 + 9 ** 3 + 9 **

* – 19 PS4 games are available on PS5 only as part of the PlayStation Plus Collection
** – Sony announces three PS5-exclusive games and nine PS5 games optimized for the higher PlayStation Plus tiers

Advantages of the base layer

2 downloadable games per month

  • This is for two select games that Sony chooses each month, and you must subscribe and claim them during that month to add them to your library.
  • Usually these are PS4 games these days, sometimes with PS5 improvements
    • Since the beginning of 2020, PS Plus has introduced 11 PS5 exclusives and 5 PSVR exclusives
  • You can access these games as long as you keep your subscription

cloud saves

  • 100GB of cloud storage per console for PS4 and PS5
  • 1,000 file saving limit for PS4

Online multiplayer access

  • No subscription required for free games like It is an electronic game.

PlayStation Plus Collection (on PS5)

  • A collection of 19 “classic” PS4 games that can be played on PS5
    • Not available on PS4
    • The full list of games, unchanged since 2020, is available here

Additional benefits

Downloadable PS4 / PS5 games

  • 62 titles announced so far, the original ad promised “up to 400”
    • 50 PS4 exclusives (playable on PS5)
    • Nine PS4 games with ‘enhanced’ PS5 versions
    • Three PS5 exclusives
    • 38 first-party addresses, 24 third-party addresses
    • The full list of titles announced so far is available here

Ubisoft + Classics lineup

  • This isn’t Ubisoft’s full lineup of 100+ games launched in 2019; It’s a shortened version for PlayStation Plus owners
  • The ‘Classics’ plan will start with 27 titles and expand to 50 by the end of 2022, says Ubisoft
  • The full list of announced titles is available here so far

Premium Class Advantages

Downloadable PS1 / PS2 / PSP Games

  • 28 titles announced so far, and the original ad promised “up to 340” (including streamable PS3 games)
    • 19 first-party addresses, nine third-party addresses
    • Nine PS1, 18 PS2, 1 PSP titles
    • The full list of titles announced so far is available here
  • “Some ‘classic games’ will have improved frame rates and higher quality resolutions than their original released versions.”
  • Some PS1 / PSP games will also have a new user interface and save anywhere / return capabilities
  • PS2 games announced so far will be ‘remastered’, although the exact meaning of this is unclear at the moment.

streaming games

  • Stream to PS4, PS5 or PC
  • Streaming is currently available in 19 countries, plus 11 more starting in June
    • Full list of broadcast availability by country is available here (scroll to the bottom)
  • 29 streamable PS3 games have been announced so far
    • 21 first-party addresses, eight third-party addresses
    • not remastered
    • There are no downloadable versions of PS3 games
    • The full list of titles announced so far is available here
  • Streaming for available PS1/PS2/PS4/PSP games was mentioned in Sony’s March blog post but not specifically mentioned in its latest update
    • Exact characters in the text indicate “Stream may not be available for some games”
  • PlayStation Now currently has a much larger list of streamable PS2 / PS3 / PS4 games

Limited time gaming experiences

  • Six titles announced so far
    • Two first parties and four third parties
    • Two PS5 exclusives, and four PS4 titles with PS5 improvements
    • The full list of titles announced so far is available here
  • Trials take 2 hours for “most games”.
  • Rewards / Save data from the trial period will carry over if you buy the game

Other notes

  • Remaining PlayStation Plus subscriptions will be converted to basic subscriptions
  • Remaining PlayStation Now subscriptions will be converted to Premium
  • If you have PS Plus and PS Now subscriptions remaining, you will be converted to a Premium subscription for the longer remaining subscription term.
  • Some PS1/PSP games purchased as downloads will be downloadable for free on PS4/PS5, even without a PlayStation Plus subscription.

Planned transition timing

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

2022-05-18 15:49:21

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