The cheapest PlayStation Plus deals and membership prices in December 2022

The best PS Plus deals for 2020
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The chase for the best PlayStation Plus deals just got more interesting - and, well, almost a bit weird. When the new PS Plus tiers and system rolled out in the summer of 2022, we thought this might really shake up the subscription and how folks use it. Splitting it into three tiers – Essential, Extra, and Premium – does give folks more options, but also means the way we pay for the subscription changes too. 

Generally speaking, gone are the days of the PS Plus sub codes and cards that are on sale that you can often get discounted or on sale. Now what we have is a mainly PS Store Wallet-first system. Now we've had several months for it all to even out, and see where the last remaining PS Plus subscription cards are (or are not now, more accurately), it's obvious that PS Credit, wallet top-ups, or whatever you want to call them is your best bet. And that's why this page leads with those now.

Having said that, some PS Plus cards are still out there, so however you can pay for the subscription, we're still sifting through the internet for all the best PS Plus deals.

Remember though, a PlayStation Plus subscription deal is an essential purchase for any PS5 or PS4 player: not only do you need a PS Plus membership to play most games online, but you also get a couple of free games each month - at least In the top two tiers, you'll get access to even more games.

Anyway, cutting to it: this page will show the best and latest PS Store credit deals and any remaining deals we can find on PlayStation Plus subscription cards (of all lengths) that you can still buy. Still is the key phrase as Sony is phasing out the membership cards and codes we all used to be able to buy, as mentioned above. That means the best PS Plus deal might actually come in the form of a deal on PS Store credit that you can then go on to use to buy your PS Plus sub - you may just have to do some maths first...

Today's best PlayStation Store credit deals

As mentioned above, the best way to actually get the cheapest PS Plus sub is to now 'make your own' PS Plus deal. By this, we mean searching around for cheap deals on PS Store credit that you can then spend on the PS Plus tier of your choosing. To help with that route, here are some of the latest and lowest prices around. You may just find that key-sellers like CDKeys (opens in new tab) can offer deals on Store cards.

Today's best 12 month PlayStation Plus deals

If you can still find them in the wild, the most cost-efficient PlayStation Plus deals are usually found on 12-month subscriptions. These memberships are cheaper than buying several 3-month codes, and you don't have to worry about it running out for ages. Retailers discount 12-month codes more often, so you can get the biggest savings on the normal prices too. 

Once you've bought a 12-month PlayStation Plus subscription all you need to do is get the code - either on the card you receive, or the email from the retailer - and enter it in the 'Redeem Codes' section found via the menu in the PlayStation Store on your console or on the website. Once you've added the 12-digit code, the PlayStation Plus membership will be automatically applied to your account. 

Today's best 3 month PlayStation Plus deals

So you're wary of a full subscription and just want to try Sony's online service for a few months? That's cool. Just grab a 3-month PS Plus subscription and you can decide whether or not to top up later. Don't forget that if you go for a 3-month and decide that you want the full 12-month sub straight away, you can buy one and it'll automatically add to your 3 months.

Today's best 1 month PlayStation Plus deals

And if you're only after one month to dip your toe in to either try the service or just get online to play with your friends for a particular month then the 1-month subscription is for you. It's only a handful of beans so it's worth a punt if you just want to try it or need a one-hit, short-term fix. (Though we will remind you that the 12- and 3-month subscriptions do work out as better value per month.)

What about the new PS Plus tiers?

The new-look PS Plus subscription service that came out this year, changes the way it looks entirely. Rolling together PS Plus with PS Now, the new service takes on a more rounded look and offers more in each of the three new tiers: PlayStation Plus Essential, PlayStation Plus Extra, and PlayStation Plus Premium. 

The Essential level will represent no change from the previous PS Plus subscription,  but the Extra, and Premium tiers offer more and offer new features from streaming older games to getting free trials, and access to other catalogs of games. To give you some immediate insight into the new system before shopping for your next PlayStation Plus deal, check out this hand table that outlines the key differences.

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PS Plus new tiers compared
PS Plus EssentialsPS Plus ExtraPS Plus Premium
$9.99 / £6.99 per month$14.99 / £10.99 per month$17.99 / £13.49 per month
$24.99 / £19.99 for three months$39.99 / £31.99 for three months$49.99 / £39.99 for three months
$59.99 / £49.99 per year$99.99 / £83.99 per year$119.99 / £99.99 per year
PS PlusPS Plus + 400 PS4 / PS5 gamesPS Plus + 400 PS4 / PS5 games + PS1, PS2, PSP downloads and streams + time-limited trials
Row 5 - Cell 0 Row 5 - Cell 1 Row 5 - Cell 2

What are the PS Plus free games for December 2022?

The PS Plus free games for December 2022 are: 

Mass Effect Legendary Edition (PS4)
Biomutant (PS4, PS5)
Divine Knockout: Founder's Edition

PlayStation Plus members have until December 5 to add Nioh 2, Lego Harry Potter Collection, Heavenly Bodies to their game library. 

Can you get PlayStation Plus cheap?

What with the new-look PlayStation Plus, it looks to be a bit harder than ever to get a really cheap PS Plus subscription or to save money with PS Plus card retailers. In fact, said cards for subscriptions seem to have disappeared almost entirely and there is a shift to wallet top-ups to then pay for your chosen tier rather than paying for it directly.

This means the best way to get PlayStation Plus cheap is to decide which tier is best for you and then, if your budget allows, go for a longer-term subscription. The 12-month subs of any tier will always offer you better bang for buck value.

If you're after more PS5 accessories, you'll find all the best PS5 headsets listed right here. Or, if you're still trying to get your hands on a PS5 restock, we'd recommend checking out the best PS4 accessories to tide you over until your new console arrives. 

I'm the Commissioning Editor for Hardware at GamesRadar+ and have been here since its inception in late 2018. I'm also a writer on games and have had work published over the last five years or so at the likes of Eurogamer, RPS, PCGN, and more. Day to day, I take care of a whole host of gaming tech reviews, buying guides, and news and deals content that pops up across GamesRadar+. I'm also a qualified landscape and garden designer, so I do that in my spare time. I'm also an expert on the virtual landscapes and environments of games and love to write about them too, including in an upcoming book on the topic!

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