The PlayStation Network subscription service PlayStation Plus serves the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. Here is everything you need to know.
With the current generation of consoles so reliant on internet connectivity, investing in a premium PlayStation Network account is something definitely worth considering. While it is free to sign up for the Network and get some basic functionality, PlayStation Plus delivers the premium access you really want. In particular, using your PS4 as a game playing device is very dependent on PlayStation Plus as the subscription unlocks your ability to play online. Many of the best games have online multiplayer as a main feature.
PlayStation Plus does pay for itself in many respects by providing up to six free games a month for you to download. These can be full, AAA blockbuster releases, but are more commonly downloadable independently produced titles, which are also perfectly enjoyable experiences. These games can cost upwards of $60 outside of their window of availability to subscribers. Because PlayStation Plus extends across three formats, not all of these games will necessarily be available to you, but the promise is at least 24 titles for the PS4 each year.
Key PlayStation Plus features
- The ability to enjoy online multiplayer
- Up to six free games per month across Sony devices, including 24 PS4 games per year
- Exclusive discounts on the PlayStation Store
- Access to Share Play, a feature whereby your friends can play your games remotely, even if they don’t own the game themselves.
- 10GB of online storage space for PS4 game save files
- 1GB of online storage space for PS3 game save files
- 1GB of online storage space for Vita game save files
- The opportunity to join in on regular community events
- Access to a library of classic UEFA Champions League games
How much does PlayStation Plus Cost in Australia?
There are three price tiers to consider, but the exact same features are offered in each. It is only the term of the subscription that changes. Like most services, the longer the period you pay for in advance, the better the value. Unless you are particularly tight for cash, we recommend going for the full 12 month subscription. You’ll most certainly see it become an essential part of your gaming lifestyle. Before you buy, however, be sure to keep an eye out for deals through the various retailers, as often discounts can be found.
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How To Get Your PlayStation Plus Free Games
Once you are subscribed to the PlayStation Plus service, there is nothing you need to do to get access to the games. Each month, the selected titles will be made free for members and will appear on your dashboard (and in the PlayStation Store) flagged as such. You will notice the price is now free, and you can “purchase” them to download them to your hard drive. They will remain playable for the life of your subscription, so you don’t have to worry about them disappearing at the end of the month.
How Does PlayStation Plus Compare to Competing Services?
PlayStation Plus compares favourably against Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold service, coming in at $10 cheaper over the term of a year, and offering more free games per month. That said, the Xbox Games With Gold program tends to offer more premium AAA titles in its monthly catalogue of free games, so there is a payoff to consider there. The Nintendo Wii U has no subscription cost for online play. However, the depth of the service and the catalogue of available and upcoming titles is not comparable to the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One.