Introducing PlayStation Plus

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PlayStation Plus frequently asked questions

All you need to know about the premium subscription that lets you get even more value from your PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.

What is PlayStation Plus? 

PlayStation®Plus is a subscription service that enhances your existing free Sony Entertainment Network account and helps you to get the most out of your PS4™, PS3™ and PlayStation®Vita systems.

PlayStation Plus is available to purchase in all countries that have access to PlayStation®Store.

•  What are the benefits?

When you become a member of PlayStation Plus, you will have access to premium gaming features and special offers on content for your PS4, PS3 and PS Vita systems. Please see the table here to find out what PlayStation Plus features are available on your PlayStation systems.

•  Free trial

If you have never tried PlayStation Plus before, you may be offered a free trial when you first switch on your new PlayStation system and sign in to your Sony Entertainment Network account. If you use the free trial we will ask for your credit card details and set your account to automatically renew into a monthly paid subscription which you can choose to cancel before the end of your trial. We will not charge your credit card or take payment from wallet funds until after your free trial ends. We are usually unable to offer the free trial to sub account holders.

If you have previously subscribed to PlayStation Plus or tried it for free you will not be offered the free trial.  If you are not offered a free trial but you believe you have never been a member of PlayStation Plus, please check your Transaction History. If there is no record of a previous PlayStation Plus membership, please contact us for assistance.

How to buy PlayStation Plus membership

If you have an existing PlayStation®Plus membership, this will transfer to any new PlayStation system (including PS4™, PS3™ and PlayStation®Vita) when you sign in with your Sony Entertainment Network account.

If you are not a member of PlayStation Plus you will need to have a Sony Entertainment Network master account or sub account to subscribe.

•  Where to purchase a subscription

PlayStation Store on your PlayStation system*

PS4 Companion App on your Android™ or iOS device*

Sony Entertainment Network Store*

PlayStation Plus gift card from a physical store (voucher code)

* Sub accounts do not have their own Sony Entertainment Network wallet within which they can store funds, as they are funded from the master account wallet. This means that for a sub account to use these methods to purchase a subscription, the master account must set the sub account spending limit to an amount that covers the price of membership and ensure that they have sufficient wallet funds (for initial purchase and for auto-renewal). Sub accounts can redeem voucher codes for PlayStation Plus (such as gift cards) on their own account.

•  How to purchase a subscription

Master accounts

A master account is able to use their wallet funds to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription. For your convenience, when you purchase PlayStation Plus we switch on the wallet function 'Automatically add funds to renew subscriptions or Pay for Pre-ordered Content'. This is so your PlayStation Plus membership can automatically renew.

Sub accounts

Sub account holders can also join PlayStation Plus. As sub accounts are specifically for younger Sony Entertainment Network users, we stop sub account users from accessing age restricted material that is rated above the age of the sub account holder. The master account holder can also set extra parental controls on sub accounts for further peace of mind. This means that master account holders can be confident that sub account holders cannot access any content that is not appropriate for their age. This age limit cannot be bypassed and only subscribers aged 18 or over have access to all age restricted PlayStation Plus content.

Please note that sub accounts do not have their own wallet so a few conditions need to be in place on the master account for the sub account's subscription to automatically renew using master account wallet funds.

•  How to check if the subscription has been purchased successfully

Once you have joined PlayStation Plus, you will receive a purchase confirmation email and find the record of your subscription in your Services List on your PlayStation system or in 'Media' > 'Games' in Account Management on PC. The associated master account can also view sub account transactions to check any purchases made.

PlayStation Plus prices and payment options

•  Subscriptions

There are three PlayStation®Plus automatically renewing membership options available; 1 month, 3 months and 1 year. To find out prices visit your local Sony Entertainment Network Store or visit PlayStation Store from your PlayStation system.

•  Payment

You can use any of the accepted wallet top up methods to top up your wallet, or you can purchase a PlayStation Plus gift card in a variety of online and retail stores to purchase PlayStation Plus from PlayStation Store. You do not need to add your credit or debit card details to your account if you do not want to - simply select a different way to top-up your wallet at the checkout.

If you do add credit or debit card details, we store them and we will automatically charge you if you do not have the wallet funds to cover the cost of renewal.  If you do not want your subscription to auto-renew, at the end of the period, you will need to cancel your subscription.  You may also choose to turn auto-funding off.

Accessing PlayStation Plus benefits from other user accounts and PlayStation systems

While you are a PlayStation®Plus subscriber, other people using your PlayStation 3 system or PlayStation 4 system can access selected PlayStation Plus membership benefits from your system. You can also access your PlayStation Plus membership benefits on other people's PlayStation 3 system or PlayStation 4 systems. The conditions for access depend on the type of console you are using.

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PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection (IGC)

The Instant Game Collection is a library of PS4™, PS3™ and PS Vita games available for you to download and play* at no extra cost throughout the course of your PlayStation®Plus membership. Each month a selection of games is added to the IGC - some will be available for one month only and others will remain in the IGC for longer.

* Titles and availability vary depending on your age and region.

Gifting or transferring PlayStation Plus

You cannot transfer a PlayStation®Plus membership purchased on PlayStation Store or Sony Entertainment Network Store to another account.

You can buy a PlayStation Plus membership gift card or voucher code in a variety of high street and online retailers and the recipient can activate this on their "PSN" master or sub account.

Alternatively, you can buy a wallet top-up voucher code and the recipient can add these funds to their wallet for use in purchasing a PlayStation Plus membership.  

Only master account holders have a wallet. Sub-account holders can purchase a PS Plus subscription but only if the master account has allowed them to use the master account wallet funds and has set the sub account spending limit to an amount that covers the subscription price.

PlayStation Plus membership and PS4 online play

To play online multiplayer on PlayStation 4 you need to be a member of PlayStation®Plus. This enables you to make the most of the PlayStation 4 system's enhanced online features, including Play As You Download, Companion App, Multi-Device Connectivity and Sharing, that will compliment online play.

One PlayStation Plus membership allows all local accounts on the subscriber's 'Primary PS4' to use online multiplayer through their Sony Entertainment Network accounts. The PlayStation Plus member does not need to be logged in on the PS4 for other users to play online.

You can also create a new user on a friend's PS4 to enable to you play online on their system, but they will not be able to use your PlayStation Plus access for online multiplayer, as the console is not your 'Primary PS4'. If you are both members of PlayStation Plus you can both play online on either PS4.

You don't need to be a PlayStation Plus member to play online on your PS3 or PS Vita, but we recommend subscribing allows you to take advantage of all the extra features you receive when you join.

You also do not need to be a member of PlayStation Plus to play non-synchronous games on the PS4. Synchronous games are games where two consoles need to be synched up to communicate with each other in real time - for example if you are playing co-op or competition mode on a shooting or racing game. Non-synchronous games mean that the two consoles do not need to be communicating in real time - for example when playing turn based games like chess.

For full PlayStation Plus terms please see this document.

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