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PS Now vs. PS Plus Essential vs. PS Plus Extra vs. PS Plus Deluxe vs. PS Plus Premium

Sony is folding PlayStation Now into multiple versions of PlayStation Plus.

You can take a look at this comparison guide at Seeking Tech to see what the major differences are between the original Now plan and the new Plus tiers.

Quick Summary

With PlayStation Now going away, you will need to get PlayStation Plus Extra, PlayStation Plus Deluxe or PlayStation Plus Premium if you want access to a curated list of downloadable PS4 games. These new Plus tiers will also add downloadable PS5 games.

For downloadable PS2 games, you will need either PlayStation Plus Deluxe or PlayStation Plus Premium in the future. These two versions of Plus are also the only subscription to offer downloadable PS1 and PSP games as well.

When it comes to streaming, you will need to get PlayStation Plus Premium if you would like to continue using this feature from PlayStation Now. With streaming, the library for Plus Premium should be expanded over to the PS1 and PSP games to go along with Now’s offering of streamable PS2, PS3 and PS4 games.

Keep in mind that, when PlayStation Now ceases to exist, your remaining Now subscription length will be converted over to PlayStation Plus Premium.

PlayStation Now vs. PlayStation Plus Essential vs. PlayStation Plus Extra vs. PlayStation Plus Deluxe vs. PlayStation Plus Premium Comparison Chart

You can take a look at our comparison table for Now, Plus Essential, Plus Extra, Plus Deluxe and Plus Premium below.

 PlayStation NowPlayStation Plus EssentialPlayStation Plus ExtraPlayStation Plus DeluxePlayStation Plus Premium
Online multiplayer accessNoYesYesYesYes
Cloud storage for PS5 save filesNoYesYesYesYes
Monthly downloadable gamesNoYesYesYesYes
Time-limited game trialsNoNoNoYesYes
Curated PS1 downloadable games catalogNoNoNoYesYes
Curated PS2 downloadable games catalogYesNoNoYesYes
Curated PS3 downloadable games catalogNoNoNoNoNo
Curated PSP downloadable games catalogNoNoNoYesYes
Curated PS4 downloadable games catalogYesNoYesYesYes
Curated PS5 downloadable games catalogNoNoYesYesYes
Curated PS1 cloud streaming games catalogNoNoNoNoYes
Curated PS2 cloud streaming games catalogYesNoNoNoYes
Curated PS3 cloud streaming games catalogYesNoNoNoYes
Curated PSP cloud streaming games catalogNoNoNoNoYes
Curated PS4 cloud streaming games catalogYesNoNoNoYes
Curated PS5 cloud streaming games catalogNoNoNoNoNo

PlayStation Plus Benefits

PlayStation Now doesn’t get any of the benefits from the original PlayStation Plus while the new Plus tiers do.

With PlayStation Plus Essential, PlayStation Plus Extra, PlayStation Plus Deluxe and PlayStation Plus Premium, you will get the following:

  • At least two downloadable monthly games
  • Online multiplayer access
  • Cloud storage for PS5 save files

Downloadable Games Catalog

When it comes to games that you can download and play, PlayStation Now offers both PS4 and PS2 games. PlayStation Plus Extra, PlayStation Plus Deluxe and PlayStation Plus Premium also offers PS4 downloads.

The Extra, Deluxe and Premium versions are the only subscriptions to offer PS5 downloadable games.

With the Deluxe and Premium tiers, you will get downloadable PS2 games to go along with downloadable PS1 and PSP games.

You can find a breakdown of the downloadable games catalog below:

PlayStation Now:

  • Downloadable PS2 Games
  • Downloadable PS4 Games

PlayStation Plus Extra:

  • Downloadable PS4 Games
  • Downloadable PS5 Games

PlayStation Plus Deluxe:

  • Downloadable PS1 Games
  • Downloadable PS2 Games
  • Downloadable PSP Games
  • Downloadable PS4 Games
  • Downloadable PS5 Games

PlayStation Plus Premium:

  • Downloadable PS1 Games
  • Downloadable PS2 Games
  • Downloadable PSP Games
  • Downloadable PS4 Games
  • Downloadable PS5 Games

Cloud Streaming Games Catalog

PS Now and PlayStation Plus Premium both offer streamable PS2 and PS3 games. On the other hand, Premium is the only subscription to also offer PS1, PSP and PSP streaming.

You can find a breakdown of the streaming games catalog for both subscriptions below:

PlayStation Now:

  • Streamable PS2 Games
  • Streamable PS3 Games
  • Streamable PS4 Games

PlayStation Plus Premium:

  • Streamable PS1 Games
  • Streamable PS2 Games
  • Streamable PS3 Games
  • Streamable PSP Games
  • Streamable PS4 Games

Sony currently does not offer streaming options for PlayStation 5 games.

What will happen to PlayStation Now?

Sony will be ending support for PlayStation Now in June 2022. If your Now subscription goes past that expiration date, then it will be converted over to PlayStation Plus Premium.