What is PlayStation Plus?

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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, a PlayStation Plus subscription allows you to play your PS4 games online against your friends. With more and more games emphasising their online multiplayer modes, PlayStation Plus is becoming increasingly necessary for getting the most out of your PS4.

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While it would be nice to play online for free, there's no denying Sony packs a lot of value into each PlayStation Plus membership. In addition to the online multiplayer, PlayStation Plus subscribers get up to six free games every month across the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita platforms. These range from full AAA titles like Until Dawn and NBA 2K16 to smaller indie experiences like Gone Home and Not a Hero. Once you add these games to your PlayStation account, they're yours to play for as long as you maintain your PlayStation Plus subscription. If you don't add them to your library during the month they're free, though, you'll miss out entirely.

PlayStation Plus subscribers also enjoy an exclusive PlayStation Plus discount on select games and video content available through PlayStation Store. These range from 10% off pre-orders and new releases to massive PlayStation Plus-only sales with games discounted by as much as 90%. Better yet, any discounted games you buy with your PlayStation Plus membership will remain in your account even if you cancel your membership.

Key PlayStation Plus features

  1. The ability to enjoy online multiplayer.
  2. Up to six free games per month across PS3, PS4 and PS Vita, including 24 PS4 games per year.
  3. Exclusive PlayStation Plus discounts on the PlayStation Store.
  4. Access to Share Play, a feature whereby your friends can play your games remotely, even if they don’t own the game themselves.
  5. 10GB of online storage space for PS4 game save files.
  6. 1GB of online storage space for PS3 game save files.
  7. 1GB of online storage space for Vita game save files.
  8. The opportunity to join in on regular community events.
  9. Access to a library of classic UEFA Champions League games.

How much does PlayStation Plus cost in Australia?

There are three PlayStation Plus 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 you sign up for in advance, the less you end up paying in the long run. Unless you're particularly tight for cash, we recommend going for the full 12-month subscription. If you're like most subscribers, once you've enjoyed the benefits of PlayStation Plus discounts and free games every month, you'll never look back. However, before you buy be sure to keep an eye out for deals through the various retailers, as discounts can often be found.

Duration Price Where to purchase
1 month $9.95 PlayStation Store
3 months $27.95 PlayStation Store | JB Hi-Fi
12 months $69.95 PlayStation Store | JB Hi-Fi

Can I try PlayStation Plus for free?

If you haven't subscribed to PlayStation Plus before, you can take advantage of the PlayStation Plus free trial to test out the service for 14 days at no cost. You can register for the PlayStation Plus free trial through PlayStation Store, but you'll need to add payment details to your PlayStation account if you haven't done so already.

How do I get my PlayStation Plus free games?

Once you've subscribed to PlayStation Plus, each month's free games will show up automatically on your console dashboard and in PlayStation Store under the PlayStation Plus free games section. You will notice the price of these games is now free and you can “purchase” them to add them to your PlayStation library. 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.

Click here for the full list of PlayStation Plus free games so far

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. Nintendo, meanwhile, has yet to implement its online service for the Nintendo Switch, but it plans to offer basic online multiplayer along with a couple of free classic games every month at a budget price of $29.95 for a year. 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.

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