PlayStation Plus: A SuperParent Guide

Everything you need to know about PlayStation's subscription service.

Update (03/29/2022): PlayStation announced PlayStation Plus will be updated in 2022 to offer three different subscription tiers and incporate the PlayStation Now game subscription service. You can learn more about the changes that will be made to PlayStation Plus here. We will update this space again once these subscription plans become available.

PlayStation Plus, also called PS Plus, is a subscription service that gives subscribers access to online multiplayer features in video games, store discounts, and more.

Here’s what you need to know about PlayStation Plus.

What do users receive when they subscribe to PlayStation Plus?

Subscribers receive multiple benefits:

First, they receive access to online multiplayer gaming. That is, in order to play online with other real people in many (but not all) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games, players are required to have a PlayStation Plus subscription. There are some games, such as Fortnite, that do not require a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online, but most games have this requirement.

Second, subscribers have access to free in-game items in free-to-play games like Fortnite and Apex Legends.

Next, PlayStation Plus subscribers receive access to “free” games each month, which they can download to their PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 and play as often as they want. Subscribers will be able to play these games as long as they have a PlayStation Plus subscription. If they cancel their subscription, they’ll need to purchase a game outright in order to play it. Some of these games are only available to subscribers with a PlayStation 5 console.

PlayStation Plus subscribers also receive access to exclusive sale prices in the PlayStation Store that are only available to subscribers. They may also receive early access to game demos, game beta trials, and more.

Subscribers to PlayStation Plus also have access to 100GB of cloud storage for saving their gameplay data. They can access this game data across any other PlayStation console that has the game installed, which means they can pick up in a game right where they left off, rather than starting over from scratch.

PlayStation Plus subscribers can host Share Play sessions that allow them to invite another player to join their game for up to 60 minutes at a time, even if the other person doesn’t own the game. During these sessions, the visiting player can try the game for themselves as though they owned it, or both players can team up for some multiplayer gameplay (to access this multiplayer gameplay, the visitor must also be a PlayStation Plus subscriber). You can learn more about Share Play on PlayStation’s website.

PlayStation Plus subscribers with a PlayStation 5 console can access a “Game Help” feature that provides tips for completing objectives in supported games. You can view the supported games on PlayStation’s website.

Finally, PlayStation Plus subscribers in the United States receive “free express shipping” when purchasing items like PlayStation accessories and PlayStation consoles (among others) from the PlayStation Store.

How much does PlayStation Plus cost?

There are three membership tiers available for PlayStation Plus:

  • 1 Month - $9.99
  • 3 Months - $24.99
  • 12 Months - $59.99

These subscriptions will renew automatically unless you cancel them beforehand. That is, if you choose the 12-month subscription (as an example), your subscription will automatically renew at the end of the 12-month period unless you cancel.

You can also give a PlayStation Plus subscription to someone as a gift by purchasing a PlayStation Plus gift card.

Is there anything else parents need to know about PlayStation Plus?

Some of the games that players can access for free as part of their PlayStation Plus subscription are rated M for Mature by the ESRB, meaning they’ve been deemed inappropriate for anyone under the age of 17.

In addition, if players subscribe to PlayStation Now, PlayStation's game subscription and streaming service, they can access online multiplayer gaming in the games they play through PlayStation Now without having a PlayStation Plus subscription. You can learn more about PlayStation Now in our guide.

You can learn more about PlayStation Plus on PlayStation’s website.

Top image via the PlayStation website.