What’s The Deal with the All New PlayStation Plus?

PlayStation Plus is getting a revamp, with new plans and pricing. Canstar explores the all-new PlayStation Plus line-up and how it competes with Xbox Game Pass.

Get ready for the future of PlayStation Plus. The all-new PlayStation Plus will launch on June 22 and promises a wealth of gaming goodies for subscribers. Canstar Blue explores how much the new PlayStation Plus will cost in New Zealand and the library of games on offer.

What is PlayStation Plus?

PlayStation Plus is Sony’s subscription service for PlayStation. Currently, here in New Zealand, it offers online multiplayer, online storage for saved game files and access to three monthly free games across PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR and PlayStation 5.

Subscribers can add each month’s games to their library, and download and play them whenever they have a current subscription. However, subscribers can only play the games they’ve added to their personal library. There is no access to games that have been offered to PlayStation Plus members in the past.

But all that is about to change for, on June 22, Sony is launching the all-new PlayStation Plus.

The All-New PlayStation Plus

The new PlayStation Plus subscription service has three membership tiers to choose from. Prices start at $11.95 for a one-month basic subscription, up to $154.95 for 12-months’ premium membership. Payments can be made monthly, quarterly for added savings, or annually for the biggest discounts.

The three tiered memberships are:

  • PlayStation Plus Essential
  • PlayStation Plus Extra
  • PlayStation Plus Premium

PlayStation Plus Essential

Cost: 1 month $11.95 / 3 months $33.95 ($11.32/m) / 12 months $79.95 ($6.66/m)

Provides exactly the same benefits as the current PlayStation Plus membership, for around the same price:

  • Monthly downloadable games
  • Exclusive discounts
  • Cloud storage for saved games
  • Online multiplayer access

PlayStation Plus Extra

Cost: 1 month $18.95 / 3 months $54.95 ($18.31/m) / 12 months $134.95 ($11.25/m)

  • Delivers all the same benefits as the Essential membership
  • Plus adds a library of up to 400 of the most enjoyable PS4 and PS5 games, see below:

PlayStation Plus Premium

Cost: 1 month $21.95 / 3 months $63.95 ($21.31/m) / 12 months $154.95 ($12.91/m)

  • Provides all the benefits from Essential and Extra tiers
  • Catalogue of classic PlayStation, PS2 and PSP downloadable games, see below:
  • Classic PS3 games to stream and play on PS4, PS5 and PC, see below:
  • Time-limited game trials

Playstation 5 gaming console

PS4 and PS5 Game Catalog

PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium memberships gain access to a huge catalogue of downloadable games, including:

PlayStation Studios

  • Alienation | PS4
  • Bloodborne | PS4
  • Concrete Genie | PS4
  • Days Gone | PS4
  • Dead Nation Apocalypse Edition | PS4
  • Death Stranding and Death Stranding Director’s Cut | PS4/PS5
  • Demon’s Souls | PS5
  • Destruction AllStars | PS5
  • Everybody’s Golf | PS4
  • Ghost Of Tsushima Director’s Cut | PS4/ PS5
  • God of War | PS4
  • Gravity Rush 2 | PS4
  • Gravity Rush Remastered | PS4
  • Horizon Zero Dawn | PS4
  • Infamous First Light | PS4
  • Infamous Second Son | PS4
  • Knack | PS4
  • LittleBigPlanet 3 | PS4
  • LocoRoco Remastered | PS4
  • LocoRoco 2 Remastered | PS4

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man | PS4
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales | PS4/PS5
  • Matterfall | PS4
  • MediEvil | PS4
  • Patapon Remastered | PS4
  • Patapon 2 Remastered | PS4
  • Resogun | PS4
  • Returnal | PS5
  • Shadow of the Colossus | PS4
  • Tearaway Unfolded | PS4
  • The Last Guardian | PS4
  • The Last of Us Remastered | PS4
  • The Last of Us: Left Behind | PS4
  • Until Dawn | PS4
  • Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection | PS4
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End | PS4
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy | PS4
  • WipEout Omega Collection | PS4

Third-party Partners

  • Ashen | PS4
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla | PS4/PS5
  • Batman: Arkham Knight | PS4
  • Celeste | PS4
  • Cities: Skylines | PS4
  • Control: Ultimate Edition | PS4/PS5
  • Dead Cells| PS4
  • Far Cry 3 Remaster | PS4
  • Far Cry 4 | PS4
  • Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition | PS4
  • For Honor | PS4
  • Hollow Knight | Team Cherry, PS4
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy | PS4/PS5

  • Mortal Kombat 11 | PS4/PS5
  • Narutoshippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 | PS4
  • NBA 2K22 | PS4/PS5
  • Outer Wilds | PS4
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 | PS4
  • Resident Evil | PS4
  • Soulcalibur VI | PS4
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole | PS4
  • The Artful Escape | PS4/PS5
  • The Crew 2 | PS4
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division | PS4

Classic Games Catalogue

PlayStation Plus Premium members also get access to a large back catalogue of classic games, from modern classics to original PlayStation and PSP games:

PlayStation Studios

  • Ape Escape | Original PlayStation
  • Ape Escape 2 | PS4
  • Arc The Lad: Twilight of the Spirits PS4
  • Dark Cloud | PS4
  • Dark Cloud 2 | PS4
  • FantaVision | PS4
  • Hot Shots Golf | Original PlayStation
  • Hot Shots Tennis | PS4
  • I.Q. Intelligent Qube | Original PlayStation
  • Jak II | PS4

  • Jak 3 | PS4
  • Jak X: Combat Racing | PS4
  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy | PS4
  • Jumping Flash! | Original PlayStation
  • Rogue Galaxy |  PS4
  • Siren | PS4
  • Super Stardust Portable | PSP
  • Syphon Filter | Original PlayStation
  • Wild Arms 3 | PS4

Third-party Partners

  • Bioshock Remastered | PS4
  • Borderlands The Handsome Collection | PS4
  • Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition | PS4
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning | PS4
  • LEGO Harry Potter Collection | PS4
  • Mr. Driller | Original PlayStation
  • Tekken 2 | Original PlayStation
  • Worms World Party | Original PlayStation
  • Worms Armageddon | Original PlayStation

Classic PS3 Games to Stream

PlayStation Plus Premium members are also able to stream a range of original, non-remastered PS3 games, playable on PS4, PS5 and PC, where cloud streaming is available. They include:

PlayStation Studios

  • Crash Commando | PS3
  • Demon’s Souls | PS3
  • echochrome | PS3
  • Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds | PS3
  • Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational | PS3
  • Ico | PS3
  • Infamous | PS3
  • Infamous 2 | PS3
  • Infamous: Festival of Blood | PS3
  • LocoRoco Cocoreccho! | PS3
  • MotorStorm Apocalypse | PS3

  • MotorStorm RC | PS3
  • Puppeteer | PS3
  • rain | PS3
  • Ratchet & Clank: Quest For Booty | PS3
  • Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time | PS3
  • Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus | PS3
  • Resistance 3 | PS3
  • Super Stardust HD | PS3
  • Tokyo Jungle | PS3
  • When Vikings Attack | PS3

Third-party Partners

  • Asura’s Wrath | PS3
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 | PS3
  • Devil May Cry HD Collection | PS3
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West | PS3
  • F.E.A.R. | PS3
  • Lost Planet 2 | PS3
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 | PS3
  • Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare | PS3

Xbox Series X

Xbox Game Pass

Comparing Xbox and PlayStation is not really ideal. Each has its own base of hardcore fans, loyal to platform-exclusive titles, such as Halo on Xbox and The Last of Us on PlayStation. But when looking at the value offered by the new PlayStation Plus subscription service, it is relevant to hold the two gaming consoles side by side:

Xbox Live Gold | $12.95/month

  • Multiplayer
  • 2 free games per month
  • Game discounts and free-play days

Game Pass: Console | $12.95/month

  • Play over 100 high-quality console games on console
  • New games added all the time
  • Xbox Game Studios titles the same day as release
  • Member discounts and deals
  • PC version comes with EA Play (exclusive EA games, rewards and content)

Game Pass: Ultimate | $19.95/month

  • Play over 100 high-quality games on console, PC and mobile devices
  • New games added all the time
  • Xbox Game Studios titles the same day as release
  • Exclusive member discounts and deals
  • Play games from the cloud
  • Free Perks including in-game content and partner offers
  • EA Play (exclusive EA games, rewards and content)
  • Includes Xbox Live Gold, including: Deals with Gold, Games with Gold and console multiplayer

At $12.95/month, the basic Xbox Live Gold  membership is nearly twice the price of the basic PlayStation Plus membership, that works out at $6.66/month, on a year’s membership.

And while the mid-level Xbox Game Pass is $12.95/month compared to PlayStations $11.25/month, on a year’s membership, there’s one big difference: Xbox’s  $12.95/month plan doesn’t come with online multiplayer. For that you have to splash out for the Ultimate plan, at $19.95/month, which works out to $239.40 over 12 months, compared to PlayStation’s Premium’s $154.95.

So while the PlayStation Plus has been a long-time coming (Xbox Game Pass has been around for 4 years), now it’s finally here, it’s an exciting proposition for PlayStation fans. And one that comes with a price that makes it even more appealing!


Best broadband for your gaming needs

If you’re a gamer, you need a fast and reliable broadband provider that offers true value for money. And as broadband providers are always changing their plans and prices, you need to regularly shop around for the best deals. And that’s where Canstar Blue can help.

Every year we rate and reward providers on the satisfaction and service they deliver. We survey thousands of broadband customers and ask them to score their providers across categories including Value for Money, Network Performance and Customer Service.

Canstar Blue’s latest review of NZ internet providers compares NOW, 2degrees, Contact, MyRepublic, Nova Energy, Orcon, Skinny, Slingshot, Spark, Trustpower and Vodafone and awards the best our 5-Star rating:

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About the author of this page

Bruce PitchersThis report was written by Canstar’s Editor, Bruce Pitchers. Bruce began his career writing about pop culture, and spent a decade in sports journalism. More recently, he’s applied his editing and writing skills to the world of finance and property. Prior to Canstar, he worked as a freelancer, including for The Australian Financial Review, the NZ Financial Markets Authority, and for real estate companies on both sides of the Tasman.


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