PlayStation Plus began in the days of the PS3, gifting players two free games per month that could be played for as long as they stayed subscribed. Today that’s still the case, only now it’s also your gateway to online gaming, too, as a PS Plus membership is needed to access online multiplayer in games that support it. Call of Duty, FIFA and plenty more are all fine PS4 and PS5 games infinitely improved with a PS Plus subscription thanks to the various online modes.
While you can always set your PS Plus subscription to auto-renew with a monthly or annual subscription tied to your bank account, purchasing it via dedicated membership cards could see you save money. Available in 1-, 3-, 6- and 12-month increments, various online key retailers constantly sell them much lower than the standard amount PlayStation charges. Be smart about your PS Plus subscription and stay a member using PS Plus card deals.
The biggest benefit to having a PS Plus subscription is arguably the monthly crop of free games members are treated to. It used to be the case that Vita and PS3 owners received titles, but these days PlayStation has settled on giving away one free PS5 game and two free PS4 games per month. The latter two are also accessible to PS5 players via backwards compatibility.
From the PS4 generation onwards a PS Plus subscription has been needed to play multiplayer and co-operative games online. It still represents good value, though, as this allows Sony to effectively maintain and look after the servers required to keep the PSN stable. The PSN rarely suffers hitches unless it’s down for maintenance, largely as a result of people’s PS Plus subscriptions.
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