The new PS Plus tiers launched around the globe earlier this year and the disappointing news is that it's still tough to find any worthy PS Plus deals right now. There was such a big shake-up in the way you buy, upgrade and extend a subscription to Sony's gaming service on PS5 and PS4 that previous offers have completely vanished. Let us explain where we're at today.
Basically, the vast majority of retailers have stopped selling the old 3-month and 12-month PlayStation Plus subscription cards and digital codes. In their place, you now need to buy gift cards equal to the value of the new Essential, Extra or Premium tiers. These can be used to top up your account or gift PlayStation Plus to someone else. Sony has released some new digital cards to make this a little easier, but it's definitely not the smoothest or most straightforward system.
In addition, because of this, the big discounts we used to see on PS Plus memberships from digital sellers have entirely disappeared. And while you might still find a cheaper PS Plus subscription code available somewhere like CD Keys, Sony has phased out this way of buying a membership, so they will not be available for much longer - or at the same low prices you're used to.
That means, depending on the current status of your membership, you have fewer options: whether that's signing up for the first time, upgrading, or renewing your subscription. Still, we go through all of the PS Plus deal possibilities right here and share all of today's best prices on the new top-up vouchers so you can still find a saving - if one is available. If you're happy to hold off for now, there's a chance of a limited-time discount as part of this year's Black Friday deals.
PlayStation Plus Essential
Normally, a PlayStation Plus Essential membership costs $9.99 / £6.99 a month. However, it's always better value to buy in bulk, as you can get a 12-month subscription for $59.99 / £49.99. You'll find the best prices for a voucher that will top-up your account to cover the cost of that length of PS Plus Essential membership below.
A three-month subscription is also available. However, the value isn't as strong and you end up paying more per month compared to a year-long membership so we've disregarded it here as we're all about giving you the best deals. However, if you do want to pay for the shorter length of time, you should be able to follow any link below and choose the 3-month option direct from the retailer's store page in most cases instead.
PlayStation Plus Extra
PlayStation Plus Extra costs $14.99 / £10.99 per month. Again, though, there's a bigger saving if you pay for a 12-month subscription up front as that's priced at $99.99 / £83.99.
This tier comes with all the regular benefits of PS Plus Essential, but you also get access to an ever-changing catalogue of PS5 and PS4 games to download and play. New titles are added (and, sadly, removed) all the time, so check in with our PS Plus games list to see what's available at any moment.
So far, there's a small saving available if you buy your top-up voucher from ShopTo in the UK. It's currently full price no matter where you look in the US.
New PS Plus tiers: how to get the best deal
Brand new or returning members get the best PS Plus deal when buying any of the remaining digital codes on sale from online stores such as CD Keys and using those to activate your subscription. Depending on which tier you choose, though, it will convert into a different amount of time. For example, a 12-month PS Plus voucher equals 365 days of PS Plus Essential, 219 days of PS Plus Extra or 183 days of PS Plus Premium. A small discount is possible, then, if you buy at the right price.
Meanwhile, existing PS Plus members have been automatically converted to the Essential tier, which comes with exactly the same features and benefits you've had before. If you're happy to stick with that, again, you can use any remaining PS Plus membership vouchers and codes on sale to add the time they offer as normal.
Lastly, for those looking to upgrade to a higher tier, you first have to go through the upgrade process on the PlayStation Store. When you enter the PS Plus section, you'll see an option to convert your remaining membership time to either Extra or Premium, as well as how much it will cost. Right now, this is the only way you can upgrade. Then, if you want to add more time at a later date, you can use PS Plus digital codes to renew with the same conversion rates as seen above depending on the tier.
As well as this, there is also the option to buy PS wallet top-up vouchers and then use those funds to buy a PS Plus membership through the PlayStation Store. Some retailers offer discounts on these, so that might end up being the best way to save in the future when the monthly PS Plus specific codes are completely removed from sale.
As you might be able to tell, it's all a little confusing right now, but hopefully should settle down once the new system has been in place for a while. It may be wise to hold off on extending your membership for now if you can as we often see the best PS Plus deals during major sales events. Last year, for example, the price for a 12-month subscription went as low as $39.99 in the US. While in the UK, a subscription fell to under £30.
It's difficult to say if those prices will return this year what with the new tiers now in place, but we will play close attention to Prime Day to see if there are better savings once again during Amazon's major yearly sale on July 12 and 13.
Is a PlayStation Plus membership worth it?
If you play games online then a PlayStation Plus Essential membership is absolutely worth buying. Some would say it's a, well, essential, part of your PlayStation experience.
However, that's not all it's for and PS Plus does have benefits even if you don't play online. There are the free monthly games: a constantly updated roster of games to download and play that will save you far more than the membership costs each month. You're never left wanting if you're open to new experiences and looking for something new to play.
PS5 owners also get access to the PlayStation Plus Collection: a selection of 18 top PS4 games that you can play on the new console including God of War, Bloodborne, Uncharted 4, Ratchet & Clank, Days Gone, The Last of Us Remastered and Persona 5.
On top of that, there are exclusive discounts on the PS Store, cloud storage and save game backups that can really come in handy if you want peace of mind that all your game progress is kept safe should anything happen to your console. Plenty of value, then.
As for the Extra and Premium tiers, well, it entriely depends on how much PlayStation gaming you do and whether the catalog of titles appeals to you. There are some huge PS5 and PS4 games available, such as Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Demon's Souls and Death Stranding: Director's Cut. Not to mention lots of nostalgia-inducing PS1, PS2 and PS3 classics on the Premuim tier like Ape Escape, Syphon Filter and Resident Evil: Director's Cut.
Premium members also get access to game trials for PS5 releases such as Horizon Forbidden West and Tiny Tina's Wonderlands. A good way to try before you buy. And there's the option to use cloud streaming for some titles as well, as long as your internet is able to support it. It's an investment, sure, but one that does offer good value if you're going to use all of the available features.
What are the new PS Plus tiers?
As the new PS Plus subscription tiers roll out across June you may notice a slight change to your account. The good news is that your current membership will stay exactly the same if you want it to. You'll be automatically moved over to PlayStation Plus Essential when the new service launches, paying the same price of $9.99 / £6.99 per month and keeping all the same benefits. The differences come if you chose to upgrade.
The next tier up is PlayStation Plus Extra for $14.99 / £10.99 per month, which has all the Essential tier benefits, plus access to a catalog of up to 400 PS4 and PS5 games to play. Think of it as Sony's approach to Xbox Game Pass, except not all first-party releases will be available on day one - only select titles.
Then, the top tier is PlayStation Plus Premium - this costs $17.99 / £13.49 per month. It has all the benefits of the previous two tiers but also adds the ability to play select PS3 games via cloud streaming, a selection of original PlayStation, PS2 and PSP titles via download or streaming, and time-limited trials for major PS5 releases such as Horizon Forbidden West.
We've got a big new PS Plus vs old PS Plus comparison guide that covers all this in much more detail if you'd like to dig into it some more before you upgrade. You can also consult this table to see how the different tiers compare.
What are the free PS Plus games this month?
We've got you covered there. Each month we update the list of free PS Plus games you can save to your account. These games are free to download and play the entire time you still maintain a PlayStation Plus membership.
PS Plus September games:
- Toem (PS5)
- Need for Speed Heat (PS4)
- Granblue Fantasy: Versus (PS4)
Here at TechRadar, we've also got a wider look at all the PS5 deals available today and the best PS5 SSD deals should you need more storage space for any of the cheap PS5 games you go out and buy. And if you're yet to get the latest Sony console, check out our PS5 restock hub for regular updates from all the major retailers.