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Will PS Now Be Free with PS Plus?

Let‘s get right to the point – PS Now will only be included for free in the highest Premium tier of PlayStation Plus. The lower PS Plus Essential and Extra tiers will not include free access to PS Now.

So if you want PS Now bundled with your PS Plus membership, you‘ll need to pay $17.99 per month for the Premium plan. I‘ll explain the full details in this comprehensive guide.

PlayStation Plus Tiers Explained

Here‘s a quick rundown of what you get at each PlayStation Plus level:

  • PS Plus Essential – Same as the current PS Plus at $9.99/month. 2 monthly games, online multiplayer access, exclusive discounts.
  • PS Plus Extra – Adds a library of 400+ PS4/PS5 games to download and play for $14.99/month.
  • PS Plus Premium – Adds 700+ PS3 games available for streaming, 340+ PS1/PS2/PSP classics to download or stream, game trials, and the PS Now library for $17.99/month.

As you can see, the Premium tier is the only one that includes PS Now. Sony is essentially rebranding PS Now and making it a flagship benefit of Premium PS Plus.

Why PS Now Is Getting Bundled into PlayStation Plus

Sony is looking to merge its two gaming services to create a unified PlayStation membership program. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Drive more subscriptions by packaging hot services like PS Now into Premium PS Plus.
  • Phase out the PS Now brand and absorb it into PlayStation Plus.
  • Compete with Xbox Game Pass which offers both game downloads and streaming.
  • Give PS Plus an extra appeal beyond just monthly games and online play.

According to Sony president Jim Ryan, this restructuring will "represent a major evolution for PlayStation Plus that will help us embrace more players around the world."

What Happens to My Current PS Now Subscription?

If you‘re an existing PS Now subscriber, your membership will automatically transition over to the new PlayStation Plus Premium tier once the change happens. So you‘ll gain access to all the extra Premium benefits at your current PS Now price.

For example, if you have 3 months left in your annual PS Now subscription, those 3 months will become 3 months of Premium PS Plus. This ensures current subscribers retain the value of the membership they already paid for.

Will I Lose Access to Any PS Now Games?

The good news is the hundreds of downloadable and streamable games currently available on PS Now will transfer over to the Premium PlayStation Plus catalog. So you won‘t lose access to any PS Now games you‘re currently playing.

Sony may rotate some titles in and out over time, but the overall game library should remain extensive with all the classics and popular hits you expect from PS Now.

Which Tier is Right for You?

Deciding which PlayStation Plus level to choose comes down to your budget and gaming preferences. Here‘s a quick comparison to help you pick:

As you can see, Premium gives you the full suite of benefits. But if you just play online occasionally and want access to monthly PS4 games, Essential could be sufficient. The Extra tier is a nice middle ground with a full game catalog.

Breaking Down the PlayStation Plus Premium Price

While $17.99 per month for Premium PS Plus seems expensive, you can save some cash by going with the annual pricing:

  • 1 month: $17.99
  • 3 months: $49.99 ($16.66 per month)
  • 12 months: $119.99 ($9.99 per month)

As you can see above, the yearly price brings Premium down to just $9.99 per month – the regular cost of basic PS Plus right now! So serious gamers will want to lock in the annual rate.

You‘re looking at around $120 extra per year for the huge upgrades of game streaming, downloads, and classics included with Premium. For most players, that‘s an excellent value.

What About the PlayStation Plus Collection for PS5 Owners?

One key PlayStation Plus benefit for PS5 gamers is the Plus Collection. This provides access to about 20 popular PS4 titles like God of War and Uncharted 4 to download and play on your new console.

It‘s important to note the Plus Collection is only for PlayStation 5 owners. And it will remain a standard part of all PS Plus tier levels, even after the PS Now merger.

So PS5 players will continue getting the Plus Collection on top of whatever PS Plus tier they choose. However, it is not a full substitute for everything included with Premium PS Plus.

You Can Try Premium PS Plus with a 7-Day Free Trial

If you‘re still unsure which PlayStation Plus tier is right for your gaming needs, you can give the Premium level a risk-free try with a 7-day free trial.

This gives you full temporary access to all the Premium benefits, including the PS Now game streaming library. It‘s a great way to experience the service first-hand before committing.

Just be sure to cancel before your trial ends if you don‘t want to be charged $17.99 for your first month of Premium access.

When Do the PlayStation Plus Changes Happen?

Sony has stated the PlayStation Plus overhaul and addition of the PS Now library will occur sometime in June of 2022.

So if you want to maximize your remaining PS Now subscription, now is the time! Once the transition takes place, standalone PS Now memberships will no longer exist.

Going forward, game streaming will be included exclusively with Premium PlayStation Plus. It‘s the end of PS Now as its own service but the beginning of a new era for a bigger and better PS Plus!

Well friend, that covers everything you need to know about PS Now‘s future with PlayStation Plus! Let me know if you have any other questions. I‘m always happy to help break down the latest gaming news and subscriptions. Enjoy the new Premium benefits when they launch!