PlayStation Plus vs. PlayStation Now: What Is The Difference?

PlayStation Plus vs. PlayStation Now? Which should you choose?

With Sony now having two different Subscription services, a lot of people have been asking should they be a PS Now member, a PS Plus member, or do we have to pay for both to get all that PlayStation has to offer? 

We at GameSkinny decided to find out what is the difference between these two similar services.

PlayStation Now is a subscription-based game streaming service that can be best described as the video-game version of Netflix. PlayStation Plus is Sony's response to competitor Microsoft's Xbox Live with discounts and a number of free games each month for PS Plus users. A lot of players get  the two confused because they both essentially do the same thing: let you play popular games you love for free, however they both do it in slightly different ways.

PlayStation Plus has :

  • Access to free games each month that Sony provides.
  • Online Multiplayer access for the games with an online multiplayer mode.
  • Exclusive discounts (up to 75%) in the PlayStation store.
  • Early access to demos and betas.
  • 3GB cloud storage on PS Plus.
  • A PlayStation Plus membership works across your PS4, PS3, and PS vita.
  • Automatic game patches and exclusive access to early game content.

There is a 14-day trial for people who have never tried PlayStation Plus but for others there are a few options when it comes to membership plans:

  • 1-month membership for $9.99.
  • 3-month membership for $17.99 (about $6/month).
  • 12-month membership for $49.99 (about $5/month).

PlayStation Now has :

  • The ability to stream popular titles from PS Now's massive library of over 250 games.
  • Stream games to your PS4,  PS3 , PS Vita, Sony Television and table.
  • Play the most updated versions of the games in the PS Now library as well as the games you own.

PlayStation Now currently has two subscription plans which are $19.99 a month or a three-month plan for $44.99. There is also a rental option for specific titles that you might like to play.

While both subscriptions will appeal to the casual gamer, they are ultimately geared towards two types of players.

Are you a gamer that likes to play a lot of games and enjoy the games Sony has amassed over the years? If so, PS Now gives you that option with instant access to a vast collection of games that can be streamed through a variety of devices. 

Or are you the type that needs early access to the latest betas, demos and games? If this is more to your liking, then PS Plus gives you that and discounts to some of the more popular titles. 

Leave a comment below to let us know which would you choose.

Published Nov. 8th 2015
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