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PS Now or PS Plus: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to choosing a subscription plan, many users wonder what is the difference between the two most popular PS4 features: PS Now and PS Plus. So that the gaming community does not have problems when selecting one or the other, in this article we explain what is the difference between them and how much they cost.



PlayStation Now

It consists of a PlayStation streaming service that allows you to enjoy all those games that are supposedly no longer accessible through a device. For example, those that were part of previous systems. There is no need to download them. It also provides access to exclusive PS4 games to PC users.

All you need to do is select a subscription plan on PlayStation Now:


PlayStation Plus

PS Plus is a subscription service. Its main function is to provide access to multiplayer, cooperative, and competitive modes. Therefore, it is strictly necessary to contract this plan if you want to play all online games with your console. Additionally, it offers exclusive discounts for members, free access to two video games per month, and 100GB of cloud storage.

You can subscribe on the official PlayStation website:


Requirements for PS Now and PS Plus

To access both services you need:
  • A PlayStation Network (PSN) account.
  • A DualSense or DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller.
  • An active subscription to PS Now and/or PS Plus.
  • Broadband of 5Mbps or higher.

PS Now or PS Plus?

So which subscription is better for me, PS Now or PS Plus?

Both services offer different features. In short, PS Now is aimed at all users who want to stream over 700 PS4, PS3 AND PS2 games instantly on PS5, PS4 and PC. However, PS Plus is intended for online multiplayer and competitive online gaming.

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