If all you do on your PlayStation 4 or 5 is just play some single-player games, then you probably don’t need a PS Plus subscription.

But if you’re looking forward to giving your game collection a major boost and duking it out with other players online, then it’s basically a must.

Here we will take a look at available plans and help you choose the right one for yourself. So, without further ado, let’s dive right in, shall we?

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PlayStation Plus subscription: available options and their pricing

Before we continue, please remember that the prices and details of these subscriptions are as of the date of this article. Obviously, they’re all subject to change, so keep that in mind.

Currently, there are three available plans:

  • Essential: $9.99 per month (3-month subscription: $24.99, 12-month subscription: $79.99)
  • Extra: $14.99 per month (3-month subscription: $39.99, 12-month subscription: $134.99)
  • Premium: $17.99 per month (3-month subscription: $49.99, 12-month subscription: $159.99)

Every option offers a different range of benefits. We’ll now take a detailed look at these and help you choose the best plan for yourself.

PlayStation Plus Essential: the best option for regular PlayStation-based gamers

The benefits you get here include cloud sharing for your saves and online multiplayer, so that you can join your friends, plus bonus games added to your collection each month (you keep them for as long as you pay for your PS Plus subscription) and exclusive PlayStation Store deals and discounts.

One of the coolest bonuses coming with the Essential plan is the extended functionality of the Share Play feature.

Having a hard time completing a particular level in your current game? Have someone else join you online and beat this difficult section for you. Nobody to play local multiplayer with? No problem here, either, just invite someone to your party.

There are two things to note here:

1. Both players need to have a PS Plus subscription if they want to play local multiplayer online.

2. You can use the Share Play feature for one hour at a time.

PlayStation Plus Extra: more bang – games, that is – for your buck

Now, if you’re really looking forward to expanding your game catalog on pretty much a budget, PlayStation Plus Extra is just what you’re looking for.

Aside from all the perks from the Essential option, PS Plus Extra offers subscribers access to a huge Games Catalog.

We’re talking hundreds of games ready for you to discover and play, ranging from AAA titles to true indie gems. New titles are added to the list regularly, so you’ll keep getting fresh stuff.

This collection includes PlayStation exclusives, such as God of War Ragnarök and the remainder of the Uncharted series not released on Windows, as well as Ubisoft Classics.

So, if you’re looking for a rather cheap access to hundreds of different games, PlayStation Plus Extra is just what you need.

PlayStation Plus Premium: the best benefits for hardcore PlayStation fans

The last plan, Premium, is something for either a die-hard PlayStation afficionado or someone looking for even more bang for their buck.

Either way, PlayStation Plus Premium offers you access to way more than just the benefits of the two previous tiers combined, but also exclusive stuff, such as the Classics Catalog.

Yeah, this perk is perfect for all fans of classic PlayStation games. If you’re looking forward to replaying the greatest hits from your youth or getting your hands on some obscure gems from the past, there’s no better way than getting a Premium subscription.

But wait, there’s more! PS Plus Premium gives you another nifty little feature: Cloud Streaming. This means you can play games from PlayStation on your PC!

You can also stream most games instead of downloading them, which is definitely a time-saver.

Aside from that, you also get access to beta and trial versions of various games. So, if you’re really into gaming on PlayStation, this is definitely the best option for you.

Now, make your choice

After taking all the above and your budget into consideration, it’s time to select the right plan for yourself. It all boils down to you checking out the benefits and deciding which of the tiers is the best for you.

We suppose the best way to go about it is try out a tier you’re interested in for a month or two and then grab a longer subscription if you like it.

Generally speaking, grabbing a 12-month subscription is probably the best bargain in the long run, but it’s all up to you.