Sony has decided to revamp both its PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now services, combining them into a three-tiered PlayStation Plus subscription model.
The services allow PlayStation owners to access online elements of PlayStation games, enable discounts in the PlayStation Store, free game downloads and cloud streaming of top titles from the PlayStation’s Games Catalog.
Sony’s top tier subscription service also allows players to access games from older Sony consoles such as the handheld PSP, original PlayStation and the PlayStation 2.
PlayStation 3 games will also be available too, albeit via cloud streaming only.
We’ve scoured the Hong Kong PlayStation store, which is in English and has the service early. This line-up is subject to change when it launches in Europe and the USA.
When does the new PlayStation Plus service unlock?
The new PlayStation Plus launches on 24th May in Asia, 2nd June in Japan, 13th June in North and South America and 23rd June in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
What is PlayStation Plus Essential?
PlayStation Plus Essential grants PlayStation owners the ability to play games online, plus discounts in the PlayStation Store and two PlayStation 4 and one PlayStation 5 games as a free download every month.
What is PlayStation Plus Extra?
PlayStation Plus Extra includes all the benefits of PlayStation Plus Essential, with access to Sony’s Game Catalogue – featuring hundreds of freely-downloadable PS4 and PS5 games.
What is PlayStation Plus Premium?
PlayStation Plus Premium includes all the features of the Essential and Extra services, plus the ability to cloud stream from Sony’s Game Catalogue – negating the need to download full titles.
Premium customers can also access classic PlayStation games from the Classics Catalog and obtain early limited trial access to handpicked games.
How much is a PlayStation Plus Essential subscription?
PlayStation Plus Essential is £6.99/$9.99 per month, £19.99/$24.99 for three months and 49.99/$59.99 for 12 months.
How much is a PlayStation Plus Extra subscription?
PlayStation Plus Extra is £10.99/$14.99 per month,£31.99/$39.99 for three months and £83.99/$99.99 for 12 months
How much is a PlayStation Plus Premium subscription?
PlayStation Plus Premium is £13.49/$17.99 per month, £39.99/$49.99 for three months and £99.99/$119.99 for 12 months.
Which racing games are included with PlayStation Plus Extra?
The following is a list of all PS4 and PS5 racing games included with the PlayStation Plus Extra subscription service:
- Assetto Corsa Competizione (PS4)
- Assetto Corsa Competizione (PS5)
- Baja: Edge of Control HD
- GRIP: Combat Racing
- Hotshot Racing
- Monster Jam Steel Titans 2
- Monster Truck Championship (PS4)
- Monster Truck Championship (PS5)
- MXGP 2021 (PS4)
- MXGP 2021 (PS5)
- Monster Energy Supercross 5 (PS4 – 6th September 2022)
- Monster Energy Supercross 5 (PS5 – 6th September 2022)
- Overpass (PS4)
- Project CARS 2
- RIDE 4 (PS4)
- RIDE 4 (PS5)
- The Crew
- The Crew 2
- Trackmania Turbo
- Trials Fusion
- Trials Rising
- TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 2
- WipEout: Omega Collection
- WRC 10 FIA World Rally Championship (PS4)
- WRC 10 FIA World Rally Championship (PS5)
- Wreckfest (PS4)
- Wreckfest (PS5)
Which racing games are included with PlayStation Plus Premium?
PlayStation Plus Premium includes all of the games included with PlayStation Plus Extra, plus the following racing titles gathered from PlayStation Plus Classic Catalogue, including PlayStation 3 games.
PS3 games are only accessible via streaming and cannot be downloaded.
- Jak X: Combat Racing (PS2)
- MotorStorm: Apocalypse (PS3)
- MotorStorm: RC (PS3)
- Ridge Racer 2 (PSP) (20th December 2022)
Although the line-up of racing games available on PlayStation Plus Premium is slightly underwhelming at this stage, there are a few highlights that make the service a viable option for console racing enthusiasts.
TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 2 provides a timely introduction to the epic Isle of Man TT races – the real world event officially begins next week (w/c 6th June 2022).
Two PS3 MotorStorm games are streamable too, so should provide a decent hit of nostalgia if nothing else.