No PlayStation Plus Premium For Australia, We Are Merely Deluxe

No PlayStation Plus Premium For Australia, We Are Merely Deluxe
My unofficial logo for PlayStation Plus Deluxe. (Image: SIE / McDonald's / Kotaku Australia)

Isn’t it just an absolute stinker that Australia seems to get an additional bit of bad news whenever good news comes through? Introducing PlayStation Plus Deluxe, the Premium downgrade for countries that don’t have PlayStation Now (like us!).

The new PlayStation Plus tiered service has been announced, with PlayStation Plus Essential, PlayStation Plus Extra, and PlayStation Plus Premium being the different tiers of membership that will be offered by Sony. For a full rundown of what’s in store, you can check out Ari’s explainer.

However, if you’re reading any of this from Australia, there’s a catch. We here in Australia don’t have access to Sony’s PlayStation Now service, which is their cloud streaming service. This means that, unlike the 19 other countries with the service, we don’t have access to the range of PlayStation 3 games available on the service. With the introduction of the newest tiers, more PlayStation 3 games might be added and we won’t see a bar of them.

The funny thing is because we don’t have PlayStation Now, that also means we don’t get PlayStation Plus Premium. Instead, according to the original PlayStation blog post, we get PlayStation Premium Deluxe.

PlayStation Plus Deluxe (Select Markets) For markets without cloud streaming, PlayStation Plus Deluxe will be offered at a lower price compared to Premium, and includes a catalog of beloved classic games from the original PlayStation, PS2 and PSP generations to download and play, along with time-limited game trials. Benefits from Essential and Extra tiers are also included. Local pricing will vary by market.

So while Australians will have access to the PlayStation games included in the Extra and Premium tiers, they will only be available for download. This is probably due to Australia’s mostly garbage internet service compared to other countries. While this is true, it’s pretty damn annoying!

At this current moment in time, we have no clue how much PlayStation Plus Deluxe is going to cost, but reports are saying that it will probably sit in between the price of Extra and Premium. Until we get concrete Australian prices, the best estimation would be somewhere between $20 and $25 a month.

If you’re a PlayStation user, I’d suggest getting yourself an external hard drive or clearing some space up on your console if you want to get in on the many games on offer, because your only option will be to download them.

Comments

    • No worries! I’ll update if Australia ends up getting more information or if they announce PlayStation Now for us 🙂

  • So basically DOUBLE the cost of Game Pass to play similar amount of PS4/PS5 games, but you’ll also get to play PS1, PS2 and PSP games? And no Day 1 first party PS games…

    Does anyone else think this is really over priced for the value of what you’re getting?

    • Not really, you’re still in the mindset that this was ever Gamepass.
      We’re already paying the bulk of the price on PS+ so I’m gonna stick to the PS+ tier and see how it all plays out, what games I actually want to play and what kind of subscription options and prices/discounts they have going forward.

    • I will say though, I get how this wouldn’t be appealing for somebody who was just getting in to PlayStation for the first time though, sounds like it’s definitely aimed at the existing customer base.
      (Be interesting to see how the deal with that one, it’s debatable if the classics pack would alleviate that or if it’s going to even remain going forward)

      • I agree it was never going to be Game Pass, but it is an obvious response to GP, so in that sense, it comes across as a ‘lesser’ service for your subscription.

        I am yet to nab a PS5, so for me existing PS+ tier will be sufficient for now. I could see the appeal (as it will be for me) to jump up to the next tier of Deluxe when you first grab a PS5 to enjoy heaps of games with next gen features without having to lay out the cost of all of them.

        The PS1/PS2 games don’t move the needle at all for me, similar to how OG Xbox games on GP (or those sold for $3 sometimes) are never touched.

        • It’s a response for sure but certainly not the one that some people framed as the only choice forward.

          I always said Sony didn’t need to compete directly and that’s exactly what they’ve done, opting to consolidate their services and strengthen their own position rather than be goaded in to battle outside their own turf.

          • I think you’re right.

            I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the content per se, but the pricing model makes Sony appear, I daresay arrogant? Content to dollar ratio I don’t think is appealing. Only an opinion though.

    • If you pay annually the pricing is a bit more manageable.

      Xbox Game Pass – $10.95 p/m = $131.40 a year
      Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – $15.95 p/m = $191.40 a year

      PS Plus Essential – $14 p/m / $35 quarterly / $83 a year
      PS Plus Extra – $20 p/m / $55 quarterly / $135 a year
      PS Plus Premium* – $25 p/m / $69 quarterly / $167 a year

      *We’ll get PS Plus Deluxe which they say is cheaper but not sure how much it will be.

      • From what I’ve been trying to piece together though, PS Plus Deluxe will be between the two top tiers, so that puts it at around $22p/m which is double the cost of $11 a month for Game Pass.

        Not going to get into ‘yearly subscription discounts, etc’ cause if that’s the case I use my Microsoft points to get 2-3 months a year of Game Pass Ultimate for free, so I pay reduced fee than the $11 x 12 months also.

    • It’s more like GamePass is absurdly good value for what you get and this is more realistically priced. Doesn’t excuse Sony since XBox have created a new baseline and it’s on them to create a compelling competing product.

  • Xbox still has way more going for it with their Day One and permanent library for the newer games alone. I’m old enough to have played all the PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 games I’ve ever wanted so this library does absolutely nothing for me.

    • Honestly, I’d love to see the numbers of people who even play the old games offered. As I wager it is an incredibly small percentage of people who subscribe to these services, I’d go so far as to say the number is probably so small it’s a wonder they even bother offering it.

      I’d bet those who actually play them vs those who yell about needing “All the backwards compatibility!” is a drastically different number in the same way. It always struck me as one of the rare cases where, “You think you want it, but you don’t.” actually applied to more people than it didn’t.

      Especially when the younger audience of kids/adults now don’t even have the nostalgia factor working for them in most cases, so I absolutely don’t see a lot of them ever bothering to boot up some PS1 game when they can just play something more current.

      • It is, Sony dropped it on the PS3 because player data showed that people gravitated toward newer titles almost completely.
        Even Xbox gave hinted at and gave the impression that it was more trouble than it was worth in the long run (and I suspect it’s why they opted for a case by case approach going forward, makes no sense to spend big money for a game that only a handful of people will even play)

        The only PS1 game I play are FF games and I have enough copies already.
        Ps2 is even less at 2 titles which are so niche I know they’ll never appear on any BC list.
        (Naval Ops: Battleship Gunner & Sword of the Samurai/Kengo 2)

      • Well, that’s the funny thing. I DO play old games, but they’re the old games offered on Xbox like Rare’s old games, Burnout Revenge, TimeSplitters 2, Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, Splinter Cell, Enchanted Arms (a working version that doesn’t need Move) Panzer Dragoon Orta, Bejeweled and lots of other games. Not all of them are even on Game Pass, but there’s enough unique gameplay experiences in there that I will go back and play them.

        In the case of Playstation, I can’t think of any of their franchises where I really have an overwhelming desire to go back and replay anything once I’m done with the game. It’s not because the games are bad, it’s because they’re not unique enough to bother and suffer from a lot of same face syndrome. Xbox to its credit has a catalogue of games that can be replayed because their execution is relatively unique and Playstation doesn’t, because they homogenised their content.

        • Microsoft stated at one point that a lot of people checked out/installed a lot of games via backwards compatibility, but the number of people regularly playing them was less than 10% of the player base. I think the reason for this is old games have horrible design choices or limitations in them that make them awful to play. Save points anyone?

          This is what kinda stinks with this service, so what if you get PS1, PS2, PSP games, Sony know that only a handful of people are likely to be playing them but they get to say the service has 400+ games. Additionally, are these old games going to be enhanced like a lot of the backwards compatibility ones are? Or are we just going to get some basic janky emulation.

          Too many questions right now…

          • A lot of people only play multiplayer and flavour of the month games as well in addition to what you pointed out. It’s one of those areas where having the option is nice, because the alternative to these games is piracy and I’d rather ease of access on a console in the first place for a fair price than fiddling with emulators. Microsoft at least has picked a line up of games where the gameplay experiences for a lot of them (Viva Pinata, Splinter Cell, having working Prince of Persia games), haven’t really been replicated with modern games so if you want to play you have to play the original games themselves. That’s the redeeming part of their service – the variety and uniqueness of what they decided to add. If you want to play the style you have to play the old games for it and that’s a well executed option they provide.

            Sony’s going to provide janky emulation, none of the QOL improvements that Xbox offered for their selection and it’s going to be a bus crash like it usually is with their online services. Not to mention two games a month is simply pathetic and people get better value every Steam sale than they do paying that much a month for such a service. Nintendo and Sony are in a race to the bottom as far as their online offerings are concerned. I’d love to be proven wrong, but I just don’t see it happening with their current track record.

  • Somebody help me out. I’m not usually spacey but, I’m lost.
    So do we get PS3 games (just have to download them) or do we not get them at all?

    • Hey Ruin! Totally understandable, it’s all very confusing.

      As PlayStation 3 games are only available to be streamed via PlayStation Now, and Australia does not have access to PlayStation Now, it means that we won’t be able to access any of the PlayStation 3 games on offer currently or in future.

      That is, until we get PlayStation Now in Australia, which is a mystery!

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