When Sony’s revamped version of PS Plus launches in June, its most expensive tier will cost twice what you’re paying now. But there’s a way to cut that in half: if you can get a year of PS Now now, you can temporarily lock in the new service at a lower price. Unfortunately, perhaps because Sony is wise to people’s attempts to do so, securing this year seems more difficult than ever.
First announced last month, PS Plus 2.0 (note: not the official name, just my cute take to make the whole change more digestible) is Sony’s overhaul of its monthly (or yearly) subscriptions. For all intents and purposes, the revamp bundles PS Plus, the subreddit required for online play, and PS Now, the games-on-demand service, into a single subscription available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. It’s available in three levels:
- PS Plus Essential is basically the same service as the current PS Plus. It costs $10 per month or $60 per year – the same price as PS Plus is currently listed.
- PS Plus Extra is identical to PS Plus Essential but adds access to a library of 400 downloadable PS4 and PS5 games, and costs $15 per month or $100 per year, rivaling the monthly price of Microsoft’s similar Game Pass service.
- PS Plus Premium, the highest tier, offers all the benefits of the lower two tiers, but adds a backlog of 300 games of streaming and downloadable games from previous generations. (You can refresh the details here.) That’s $18 a month or $120 a year.
- Regions that don’t allow streaming can subscribe to PS Plus Deluxe, which offers similar benefits to PS Plus Premium at a supposedly lower cost, but Sony has yet to reveal specific pricing.
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If you are currently subscribed to PS Plus, Sony said your subscription will automatically convert to PS Plus Essential. But those who signed up for PS Now, at least in the US, will see their subscriptions converted to PS Plus Premium. A month of PS Now currently costs $10 ($8 less than Premium). Meanwhile, one year will cost you $60 ($60 less than the Premium rate). As a result, gamers are buying annual PS Now subscriptions in droves, with some gamers would have stacked subscriptions until the real-life sci-fi year of 2031, well beyond when Sony releases the PlayStation 7 and its more expensive model, the PlayStation 7 Pro (with an airtight module designed to protect against the worst effects of change climate).
Be warned, this workaround is a bit wonky at the moment. One of my colleagues was able to buy a year a direct link to the PlayStation Store (hats off to the venerable watcher of game offers Wario64). Another had trouble getting through a purchase. Going directly to the PlayStation site will take you to a page where you will only see PS Now available in monthly installments, currently priced at $10. Big-box retailers, such as GameStop and Amazonview annual subscriptions listed as “currently unavailable”, although you may have better luck with third-party sites.
Sony seems to have anticipated this move for some time. As indicated by EurogamerSony has quietly removed the PS Now annual subscription offer from its website. VGC reported in January, physical retailers in the UK stopped selling physical cards for PS Now subscriptions.
Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment.