How to Score a Year of New PS Plus Half Off

Miles Morales hangs upside down while donning a cat suit in Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PlayStation 5.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesThe cat suit (and the game as well) will be part of the PS Plus Premium library at launch.
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when Sony upgraded version of PS Plus Launched in June, the higher tier will cost twice as much as you’re currently paying. But there’s a way to cut that in half: If you can lock PS Now for a year now, you’ll be able to temporarily lock down the new service for a lower price. Unfortunately, perhaps because Sony is so judicious in people’s attempts to do so, securing that year seems harder than ever.

First announced last month, PS Plus 2.0 (note: not the official name, just my kind take to make the entire shift more understandable) is Sony’s redesign of its monthly (or yearly) subscriptions. For all intents and purposes, the redesign folds PS Plus, the spinoff required for online play, and PS Now, the on-demand gaming service, into a single subscription available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. It’s available in three tiers:

  • PS Plus Essential is basically the same as the current PS Plus service. That costs $10 a month or $60 a year — the same price point PS Plus is currently listed.
  • PS Plus Extra is the same as PS Plus Essential but adds access to a library of 400 downloadable PS4 and PS5 games, and costs $15 per month or $100 per year, which rivals the monthly price of Microsoft’s similar Game Pass.
  • PS Plus Premium, the highest tier, has all the benefits of the two lower tiers but adds a cumulative 300 of downloadable and streamable games from previous generations. (You can detail the details here.) That’s $18 a month or $120 a year.
  • Regions that don’t allow streaming can subscribe to PS Plus Deluxe, which features similar perks to PS Plus Premium at a presumably lower cost, but Sony has yet to reveal the exact price points.

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If you are currently a PS Plus subscriber, Sony Says Your subscription will automatically be transferred to PS Plus Essential. But those who subscribe to PS Now, at least in the US, will see their subscriptions switch to PS Plus Premium. A month of PS Now currently costs $10 ($8 less than the Premium price). Within a year, you’ll get $60 ($60 less than the premium price). As a result, players buy PS Now annual subscriptions in bulk, with some players It is said stacking Subscriptions during the actual sci-fi year of 2031, long after the release of the Sony PlayStation 7 and its pricier model, the PlayStation 7 Pro (complete with a sealed unit designed to protect against the worst effects of climate change).

Keep in mind that this workaround is a bit shaky at the moment. One of my colleagues managed to buy it after a year Direct link to PlayStation Store (Advice to esteemed gaming deals scammer Wario 64). Another had trouble executing the purchase. Going directly through the PlayStation website will take you to a page where you only see PS Now available in monthly installments, currently at $10. Big retailers, such as Jim Stop And the AmazonView annual subscriptions listed as “Currently unavailable,” although you might have better luck with third-party sites.

It looks like Sony has been anticipating this move for some time. As noted by EurogamerSony has quietly removed PS Now’s annual subscription offer from its website. VGC mentioned Back in January, UK physical retailers stopped selling physical cards for PS Now subscriptions.

Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Update, 4/5/2022 9:55AM ET: direct The PS Store link seems to be discontinued, at least in the US, but you can still Find annual subscription cards at third-party retailers.