After months of rumours, PlayStation officially announced its revamped PlayStation Plus subscription service in March. Early speculation turned out to be pretty much on the money: this version will incorporate features from both PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now in three separate tiers, and it will directly compete with other game streaming services like Xbox Game Pass. Unfortunately, the news isn’t all good for subscribers in Australia.
PlayStation Plus Premium will not be offered in Australia
The highest tier, Premium, is currently only being offered where PlayStation Now game streaming is already available. That means Australians won’t be able to subscribe to the service at the highest tier, and will miss out on access to backward compatible PlayStation 3 titles.
That means games like inFAMOUS and Sly Cooper are still very much out of reach, unless users already own the games and a working PlayStation 3 console.
Even years after launching overseas, it appears PlayStation is not ready to launch a cloud streaming service in Australia. It’ll likely be a major disappointment to those hoping the relaunched service would offer some option for PlayStation 3 enthusiasts.
There will be an alternative option, however, in the form of PlayStation Plus Deluxe.
This reduced service will be offered in markets without access to game streaming, and will provide most of the benefits of Premium without the option to stream games. Subscribers will gain access to classic titles from the PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PSP eras, but not that coveted PlayStation 3 tier.
It appears PlayStation is currently working to expand its cloud streaming option to additional markets, but no further details have been provided.
What are the tiers of the new PlayStation Plus service?
The three new tiers for PlayStation Plus are as follows, per the PlayStation Blog:
Provides the same benefits that PS Plus currently includes:
- Two monthly downloadable games
- Exclusive sale discounts
- Cloud storage for saved games
- Online multiplayer access
Provides all the benefits of Essential and additionally:
- Adds a catalogue of 400 PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 games, including titles from PlayStation Studios and other third-party partners – these will be downloadable
Provides all the benefits of the Essential and Extra tiers – but will not be available in Australia. It includes:
- 340 additional games, including PlayStation 3 games available via cloud streaming and a catalogue of original PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PSP games for streaming or download
- Offers cloud streaming for all games as long as you’re in a market with access to PlayStation Now
- Subscribers can streaming games using PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles, as well as PC
- Time-limited game trails are also offered in this tier so you can ‘try before you buy’
Deluxe is a replacement for Premium in all regions where PlayStation Now is not available. It will be offered for a reduced price and include the following benefits:
- All benefits offered in the Essential and Extra tiers
- A catalogue of original PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PSP games for download
- Access to time-limited game trials
How much do the new PlayStation Plus tiers cost in Australia?
Australian pricing has officially been announced, via the PlayStation Plus website hub:
- PlayStation Plus Essential: AU $11.95
- PlayStation Plus Extra: AU $18.95
- PlayStation Plus Premium: US $17.99 / €16.99 per month, not available in Australia
- PlayStation Plus Deluxe: AU $21.95
When will the new PlayStation Plus launch?
Currently, the all-new service is planned to launch in ‘most’ PlayStation Network territories by the ‘end of the first half of 2022’.
Here’s how the rollout is looking so far:
- Asia (excluding Japan) – 23 May 2022
- Japan – 1 June 2022
- Americas – 13 June 2022
- Europe – 22 June 2022
- Australia – 22 June 2022
The local release date was officially revealed on the PlayStation Plus website, although it was not officially announced during the initial rollout.