Plex Cloud has exited beta and ready for all users to use. You still need to be a Plex Pass subscriber to use the service, but if you are, you can host all or part of your personal media library in the cloud without needing to run a local Plex server. The service first debuted last year with support for Amazon Drive, but now only supports Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive.
Normally with Plex, you use your own PC or NAS to store your media and run their free Plex server software. Then you use one of their apps, available for most popular platforms like the Fire TV, to view your media. The apps and service are free, but you can choose to pay for a Plex Pass subscription to unlock additional features. One of those features is Plex Cloud.
With Plex Cloud, you do not need to have an always-on PC or NAS to run the Plex server software and store your media. You upload your media to one of the three supported cloud drive services and stream that content to the various Plex apps directly from the cloud drive.
Advantages of Plex Cloud, over running your own Plex server, are quick setup and ease of use. You just upload your content, launch the Plex app, and link it with your cloud drive. Your content will be available to stream from anywhere without needing to configure routers and home networks to allow outside access.
The big disadvantage is having to pay for cloud storage. Plex Cloud was very promising when it launched with Amazon Drive support because you could get unlimited storage for just $59.99 a year. Plex dropped Amazon Drive support within a month due to “technical problems.” None of the remaining three cloud drive services offer an unlimited plan. With Google Drive you’ll pay $20 per year for 100 GB, $100 per year for 1 TB, or $100 per month for 10 TB. With OneDrive you’ll pay $24 per year for 50 GB, $70 per year for 1 TB, or $100 per year for 5 TB. Dropbox is $100 per year for 1 TB.
Until Plex Cloud supports a cloud drive service that offers unlimited storage, it’s probably not a viable option to store a massive media library. It may be worth setting up to store select titles you want easy access to, or if you just want to give Plex a try without having to setup your own local hardware.