I decided to find out what is the difference between PlayStation Plus and PlayStation now services. Here’s the quick synopsis: 

PlayStation Now is a subscription-based games streaming service that can be described as the video-game variant of Netflix.

PlayStation Plus is Sony’s reply to Microsoft’s Xbox Live; it has a discount and several free games each month for all PS Plus users.

Many players get the two subscription services puzzled because both can do the same thing: let you play a popular game you love for free. But they both do it in slightly distinct ways.

PlayStation Now:

Much like Netflix, PS Now let you: 

  • Stream famous titles from PS Now’s grand library of more than 800 games
    • The service currently includes PS2, PS3, and PS4 games
  • Stream game to your PS4, PS3, Windows PC, PS Vita, tablet, and Sony Television.
  • Play the updated version of the games in the PS Now library, as well as the games you own
PlayStation Now
PlayStation Now

PS currently has three subscription plans. That is:

  • $9.99 for a month.
  • $24.99 for three months, and
  • $59.99 for 12 months.

There is no longer a rental choice.

PlayStation Now Library of Games
PlayStation Now

PlayStation Plus:

PS Plus is a little different as it is a needed component of online play for all PS4 games. Also, it gives you: 

  • Approach to free PS4 games each month
    • The service does not give out free PS3 or PS Vita games
  • Exclusive discount (up to 75% off) in the PlayStation store.
  • An early approach to demos and betas
  • 100GB of storage

A PlayStation Plus membership currently works across your PS Vita and PS3. Automatic game patches and an exclusive direction to initial game content is also a perk of PS Plus.

There is a 14-day free trial for such people who have never tried PS Plus before. There are some options when it comes to membership plan:

  • 1 Month Membership: $9.99
  • 3 Month Membership: $24.99
  • 12 Month Membership: $59.99 
PlayStation Plus
PlayStation Plus

While both of Sony’s subscription service appeal to the occasional gamer, they are finally geared towards two types of players.

If there is a gamer that loves to play many games and enjoy the games Sony has to assemble over the years, PS Now give you that option with an instant approach to a massive collection of games that can be streamed on different devices. 

If you are such kind of gamer that needs early access to the latest betas, games, and demos, then PS Plus give you that — and discounts on some of the more famous titles in PlayStation’s library. 


Finally, the answer to “Is PlayStation Now is better than PS Plus?” is up to you. Nobody is holding you back from subscribing both to them.

Leave a comment down below to let me know which PlayStation you would choose and why.


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