If you have a PlayStation 4 and don’t have PS Plus, then you may be surprised to discover what you’re missing out on. PS Plus is Sony’s premium online gaming service akin to Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold, with its primary purpose being to facilitate internet multiplayer (meaning that a PS Plus subscription is generally required to play your games online). However — also much like Xbox Live Gold — you get a number of other benefits with PS Plus, including free games each and every month. PS Plus is a premium service, and while it’s not prohibitively expensive, a good discount is always welcome; below, we’ve smoked out a few PS Plus deals that will have you playing online and enjoying those free monthly games right away.
Today’s best PS Plus deals
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- — $35, was $60
What is PS Plus?
Along with online multiplayer and other in-game network features, your PS Plus membership grants you access to exclusive discounts and other promotions. Perhaps the most notable benefit of PS Plus is that every month, Sony gives subscribers two PlayStation 4 games that are free to download. You have one month to add these free PS Plus games to your library.
After that, these titles are yours to keep so long as you have an active PS Plus subscription. The free-to-download games are generally pretty good (they are often some of the PS4’s best titles that have been out for a little while), and these alone justify the cost of PS Plus even for people who don’t do a lot of online gaming.
If your membership lapses, you lose access to these games; however, you can download them again if you re-activate your PS Plus account. In other words, you don’t need to worry about losing your free games if you decide to go without PS Plus for a while (or if you just forget to add more time to your subscription) — once they are in your library, these free PS Plus titles are yours to play whenever you have an active PS Plus membership. Just note that you may only add them to your library during the month that they are free.
PS Plus has several pricing tiers: It rings in at $10 per month or $25 if you pay every three months (which comes to $8.33 per month), but the best value is the 12-month $60 subscription (which comes to $5 month). However, you can save even more by jumping on any PS Plus deals that regularly pop up. It’s not rare to see a 12-month PS Plus membership on sale for around $40.
Is PS Plus needed to play Fortnite?
Although PS Plus is required to enjoy the networking features of most PlayStation 4 games, you do not need a PS Plus subscription to play Fortnite. Fortnite’s online multiplayer is hosted by the publisher, Epic Games, on its own servers, meaning that you can enjoy Fortnite multiplayer for free just as you would on a gaming PC. If you have an Xbox One, though, then you’re out of luck — Xbox is the only platform that currently requires a paid membership (Xbox Live Gold) in order to play Fortnite online.
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