Having trouble with subscription-based services is common. With so many services like it popping up these days, you’re bound to feel confused about how each of them works.
This is a special case with PlayStation Plus.
So, I put this article together as a PlayStation Plus Support guide for you. Why?
Because even after close to an exhausting 15 years, some folks find PlayStation Plus repeatedly annoying to get acquainted with. Especially when you want to cancel it.
Let’s get going then, shall we?
What is PS Plus?
If you’re a PlayStation owner, chances are you ran into the issue of playing online games before.
You boot your game, and launch its multiplayer component only to read a message on the screen saying, “You need a PlayStation Plus subscription to access multiplayer.”
Primarily, the PlayStation Plus subscription is — depending on what you choose — either a monthly, a tri-monthly, or even an annual subscription you can take up to access online features across all games that support multiplayer.
But it comes with other benefits, too.
It can get subjective because it depends entirely on the person to enjoy a preset number and type of benefits.
Still, the compensation you get is some of the best I’ve seen from a subscription.
I get asked a lot, “How to play online without PS Plus?” Truth is, you cannot play online without PS Plus.
Unless you were playing a game that is a free-to-play title, you need a PlayStation Plus membership to play any online multiplayer component in PlayStation games. For example, you can play Fortnite without a PS Plus subscription, but you will need it for games like Call of Duty or Minecraft.
Why PS Plus is Required
I did talk about the primary use that PS Plus has, but that’s seen as a necessity rather than a choice.
So that partially answers the question.
The real question is, “Why get PS Plus?”
That seems more choice-laden than anything, right?
Well, I’ll give you exactly 9 benefits of being a PlayStation Plus member.
Once again, you can’t play PS games online without PS Plus.
So if you’re looking to figure out how to play online without PS Plus, then I’m afraid you won’t find it possible, friend. (Unless you are okay with free-to-play titles.)
Even so, a PS Plus subscription is like a Golden Ticket to the Chocolate Factory.
For one, it funds Sony’s services and keeps everything running. For two, it’s a solid barrier between you and random users who might abuse the goodwill of freebies (which means less “toxicity” in certain games).
And for three, you still have the rest of the 9 reasons, of course!
Benefit #2 :You get excellent exclusive discounts
Selected games have a high discount applied to them.
You might see them even when you’re not a PS Plus member.
But that only goes to show the benefit you can reap if you were one.
PS Plus members can get offers from 40% to 80% off on games, including on what Sony calls their “Essentials” collection of games, such as Uncharted 4, inFamous: Second Son, God of War (2018), and much more.
Benefit #3 :You get free games every month
Whether it’s an indie game or a triple-A game, you’re bound to get at least 2 games per month for free.
You would have 2 full-version games registered under your account, free of charge, and ready to be loaded and entertain you.
One catch, though: Once the subscription expires, your access to those games is locked.
To play them again, you’ll need to renew your subscription. (Or buy the game from the store if you love it to bits.)
Benefit #4 :You won’t have to worry about losing data
The PlayStation Plus Online Storage feature is made available exclusively to all PS Plus members.
You can autosave your content on the cloud, manually shift your local storage files to the cloud, manage your cloud storage files, and even delete them if need be.
PS5 users can synchronize their storage data between devices if they have a PS Plus membership.
The limit for storing your data online is 100 GB, which is shared between both the PS4 and the PS5.
Benefit #5 :You get early access to new games
There are times when Sony releases either alpha or beta versions of games on their store.
This is great for developers who are looking to improve their games using player feedback.
On the other hand, you get access to certain games before the public (those without a membership, or even without a console) does.
Benefit #6 :You won’t need to subscribe to anything else
If you use your PlayStation to use other services, for instance, Crunchyroll, then chances are you pay for that app’s subscription model through the parent app itself. The thing is you don’t need to do that if you have a PS Plus membership.
Yep, it’s an all-in-one package that nets you a subscription for any television-based service!
Benefit #7 :You can share your experience with games seamlessly
PS Plus users get to use additional Share options using their console.
This stuff includes sharing gameplay clips and in-game screenshots to social media platforms directly, or live-streaming gameplay through Twitch or Ustream.
Benefit #8 :You can share your PS Plus subscription with anyone
BUT! There’s a caveat.
Questions such as “How to share PS Plus with another PS4” or “How to transfer PS Plus to another account” are too common.
But to put that to rest, the short answer is “no”.
You can neither share your PS Plus subscription with another PS4 nor can you share your PS Plus subscription with another account directly.
However, you can share these benefits with your PS Plus friends and family members as long as they use the same system.
So if you were trying to figure out how to share PS Plus with another account on the same PS4, the short answer is, “Yes, you can.”
Here’s how to share PS Plus with family or friends on the same system:
On your primary PS4 system, go to Settings.
Go to PSN.
Select “Activate as Your Primary PS4” if it isn’t done already.
If the primary account associated with the system has a PS Plus subscription, then any other account that signs in to the same system but as a secondary user will automatically reap a few of those subscription benefits.
The ones they can’t are listed below:
You can’t purchase PS Plus discounted games or other software from the PlayStation Store.
You can’t redeem any monthly games to your accounts if you’re not the primary account.
You can’t use online storage.
You can’t opt for automatic patch downloads (basically, game updates).
You can’t get early access to game trials.
Benefit #9 :You can use your PS Plus subscription across other consoles
Even if you bought a PS Plus subscription on the PS3 or the PS Vita, you can still use it on the PS4 or the PS5.
This is because the subscription is tied to your account. If you’re not using the same account across these systems, then you won’t get the subscription benefits.
Finally, it’s time to know the different ways by which you can cancel PS Plus.
How to Cancel PS Plus
If you’re not happy with the service, or if you want to save on money, then you’ll want to know how to cancel PS Plus.
Some people also get confused between how to unsubscribe from PS Plus, and how to stop PS Plus auto-renewal.
Don’t get confused; they’re both the same as canceling your subscription.
Anyway, you can do this via the web browser, the PS4, or the PS5.
Here’s how to cancel PS Plus membership on each of those devices (or in other words, how to turn off PS Plus auto-renew).