The third anniversary of the release of the PlayStation 5 is around the corner, and unlike the early days of waiting for restocks, the consoles are now readily available at , and other top retailers. If you’ve gotten your hands on one of these devices and are itching to grab a controller to start gaming, you undoubtedly have a list of titles you’ve been waiting to explore. One great way to gain access to a massive library of games without going breaking the bank is skipping the game shop altogether and opting for a PlayStation Plus subscription.
Deals on PS Plus subscriptions have been hard to come by since the service was redesigned last year, with Sony offering direct discounts only during major events like the Days of Play sale. It didn’t help when Sony increased the annual pricing in September, either. But there are some third-party offers you can take advantage of right now.
Below, we’ve broken down how the new PS Plus subscriptions work, as well as the best ways to get signed up for less. We’ll continue to update this page as more deals and discounts come around, so be sure to check back often. And for even more savings, you can take a look at our roundup of the best bargains on PlayStation games, gear and accessories.
Before last year’s revamp, PlayStation offered two different subscription services. PlayStation Plus was a $10-per-month service similar to Xbox Live Gold that let you play games online and participate in multiplayer matches. PlayStation Now was a $10-per-month cloud gaming service that gave players access to a huge library of classic titles from the PS2, PS3 and PS4. The new version of PS Plus has essentially rolled both memberships into a single service with multiple subscription tiers. There are three different membership packages available, combining different features and benefits of both previous subscriptions.
PS Plus Essential
At $10 per month, $25 for three months, or $80 for the year, is basically no different than the previous PS Plus subscription. It offers all the same features, including access to online play, two monthly games for free, cloud storage and exclusive discounts at the PlayStation Store. If you had a PS Plus membership before the revamp went live, it was automatically converted to an Essential membership.
PS Plus Extra
At $15 per month, $40 for three months, or $135 for the year, a midtier subscription is somewhat similar to the Game Pass Ultimate membership offered to Xbox users. It includes all the benefits and features of an Essential membership, but also gives you access to a catalog of up to 400 PS4 and PS5 games. The selection includes plenty of hit titles like God of War, Death Stranding and Ghost of Tsushima.
PS Plus Premium
A membership is the highest tier available, and clocks in at either $18 per month, $50 for three months, or $160 for a full year. In addition to all the benefits of both an Essential and Extra subscription, it gives you access to a massive library of more than 700 games. That includes the recent PS4 and PS5 hits from the Extra subscription, but also a catalog of more than 300 classics from the PS1, PS2 and PS3 eras (similar to the previous PS Now subscription). It allows you to stream many of these classic titles, so you don’t have to worry about them eating up your valuable storage space. You also get access to time-limited game trials, so you can try out new games before you commit to a purchase. If you had a subscription to PS Now before the revamp went live, it was automatically converted to a PlayStation Plus Premium membership.
PS Plus deals
In the past, we’ve seen Sony offer direct discounts on PS Plus subscriptions during major sale events like Days of Play, but unfortunately, there aren’t any available at the moment. There’s still a way to save, however, if you’re only interested in an Essential-tier membership.