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Can You Still Play PS Plus Extra Games After Your Subscription Ends?

No, unfortunately you cannot continue to play PlayStation Plus Extra games after your subscription ends. The Extra game catalog requires an active subscription to access.

However, any games downloaded through the Essential monthly free games are yours to keep permanently. This guide will explain in detail how PlayStation Plus memberships work and how to maximize your benefits.

Breaking Down the New PlayStation Plus Tiers

In June 2022, Sony revamped their PlayStation Plus service into three new membership tiers:

PlayStation Plus Essential

  • $9.99/month
  • Online multiplayer access
  • 2 monthly downloadable games
  • Exclusive discounts
  • Cloud storage

PlayStation Plus Extra

  • $14.99/month
  • All Essential benefits
  • Game catalog of 400+ PS4/PS5 titles

PlayStation Plus Premium

  • $17.99/month
  • All Extra benefits
  • 340+ more games including PS1/PS2/PSP classics
  • Time-limited game trials
  • Cloud streaming access

So in summary, the Extra and Premium tiers build on Essential by offering huge catalogs of downloadable games. But only Essential lets you keep games permanently.

Essential Games Are Yours Forever

A key benefit of the base PlayStation Plus Essential membership is getting 2-3 free games each month that are yours to keep and play forever, even if you cancel your subscription.

For example, September 2022‘s Essential games were Need for Speed Heat, Toem, and Granblue Fantasy Versus. If you added those to your library while subscribed, you have perpetual access to download and play them whenever you want. Your growing library of Essential freebies remains playable.

Extra/Premium Access Requires a Subscription

On the other hand, the 100+ games in the Extra catalog and 340+ in the Premium retro catalog are only accessible as long as you stay subscribed at those higher tiers. If your membership lapses, you lose the ability to play any of the Extra or Premium games until you resubscribe.

Think of it like subscribing to Netflix for access to its movie library. If you cancel Netflix, you can no longer stream its movies. Same idea with the huge PS Plus game catalogs. You‘re essentially "renting" access as long as you‘re subscribed.

Limited Access to Downloaded Games

When you cancel PlayStation Plus Extra or Premium, you do have a short grace period where you can still launch any games you already downloaded from the service catalog. But this access is time-limited, expiring after a few weeks depending on the game.

So if you were halfway through an Extra game when your membership ends, make sure to finish it within this window or your progress may be lost.

The Catalogs Change Over Time

Sony frequently updates the Extra and Premium catalogs by adding great new games, but also removing some existing ones. Typically they provide advance notice before dropping a title, but there‘s no guarantee how long any specific game will remain available.

If you‘re excited about a game currently in the Extra or Premium catalog, I highly recommend downloading it right away rather than waiting. Otherwise you risk losing access if it gets removed from the service before you play it.

Tips to Maximize Your PlayStation Plus Subscription

To get the most value from PlayStation Plus and its different tiers, here are my top tips:

For Essential

  • Claim all monthly Essential games, even if you don‘t download them yet, so they‘re tied to your account
  • Add them to your library as soon as they become available on the first Tuesday of each month
  • Download favorites immediately so you own them forever

For Extra & Premium

  • Frequently check the Extra and Premium catalogs for new additions
  • Download any games that look interesting right away before they may leave
  • Play downloaded games ASAP before your subscription ends
  • Finish games that you start before they get removed
  • Cancel and resubscribe flexibility around your gaming needs

General Tips

  • Take advantage of exclusive member discounts on full games, add-ons, and more
  • Look for PlayStation Plus game trials that let you preview upcoming titles
  • Enjoy Essential‘s monthly games and Extra/Premium‘s catalogs to play hundreds of titles for one subscription fee

Biggest PlayStation Plus Game Catalogs

Here are some of the all-time best and most popular titles across the PlayStation Plus libraries:

PlayStation Plus Essential Monthly Games

  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Battlefield 1
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II

PlayStation Plus Extra Catalog

  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Marvel‘s Spider-Man
  • Marvel‘s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Demon‘s Souls

PlayStation Plus Premium Classics Catalog

  • Ape Escape
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tekken 2
  • Wild Arms
  • Twisted Metal

Check PlayStation‘s official blogs each month for the latest new additions across all tiers and catalogs.

Key Takeaways

  • Essential monthly games are yours permanently
  • Extra/Premium catalogs require a subscription
  • Download favorites quickly as catalogs change
  • Cancel and resubscribe flexibly as needed
  • Claim all benefits to maximize your membership value

Is PlayStation Plus Worth It?

In my opinion, PlayStation Plus is very worthwhile for its wide-ranging benefits:

  • Online multiplayer access
  • New free monthly games
  • Exclusive discounts on digital purchases
  • Cloud storage for saves
  • Huge game catalogs spanning four PlayStation generations

For just $9.99-$17.99 per month, you get incredible entertainment value and can sample many premium titles for a low monthly fee. That‘s why over 47 million global gamers subscribe to PlayStation Plus! It‘s a must-have for any PlayStation owner.

Let me know if you have any other PS Plus questions! Happy gaming!