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Is Sony Buying Plus Customers with New Offerings?

PlayStation Euphoria writes: "Having seen many Sony E3 press conferences in the past, I’ve seen a lot of announcements and changes that I have not been happy with. From the PS3 price point, to the first move demonstration, thankfully there have been a lot of good things to keep me satisfied with Sony. The same is true this year; despite the times that Sony disappoints me they always impress me too."

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Dante1121932d ago (Edited 1932d ago )

Yeah, Sony has really been picking it up as far as PS Plus goes. Great offers, great discounts, and betas this year.

hellzsupernova1932d ago

im buying in this week
just a question i still get all of those sweet sweet offers if i sign up right now?

FunAndGun1932d ago

Yes, you will get the instant game collection (the 12 free games) and whatever else releases this month.

Whatever you download while you have the subscription will always be available to re-download in the future if your sub lapses.

ginsunuva1932d ago

Ps plus deals last for the entirety of each month

Emilio_Estevez1932d ago (Edited 1932d ago )

The Ultimate deals that people are "getting the middle" finger from have DLC included, so if you want the DLC you would have to pay regardless of what they gave you. So no one gets the finger imo. They paid, but they get more than someone who didn't, and they keep it forever.

+ Is a form of advertising as well. Give you Infamous 2, you like, now you want Fest of Blood.
Like Saints Row 2, wanna go buy 3
Like Ratchet and Clank, think about buying the next.
etc....

This works on so many levels for us as consumers and Sony as a business.

I have plus, but do not think new features should be a part of it. Everyone should have all features. Cloud saves I can understand as that has cost associated with running the servers.

@syanara - absolutely not, making it a requirement would be a terrible idea and they would never do that.

syanara1932d ago

Interesting, Do you think the constant push for Plus will mean that it will be required for PS4 or have a connection with a next gen console?

LOGICWINS1932d ago (Edited 1932d ago )

"+ Is a form of advertising as well. Give you Infamous 2, you like, now you want Fest of Blood.
Like Saints Row 2, wanna go buy 3
Like Ratchet and Clank, think about buying the next.
etc...."

Well put. It's also a way to get people to upgrade to bigger hardrives. You could just play each of those 12 "free" PS Plus games one by one, delete them off your hardrive, then download it again later if you want to play them again....but thats not necessarily convenient. I bet people have been buying new hardrives in droves this week.

Laika1932d ago

how does that help sony? they dont have a branded hdd that is required like xbox. i upgraded mine a couple years ago with a seagate. Sony didnt see any of that money.

LOGICWINS1932d ago

The more hardrive space you have, the more you tend to buy.

Christopher1932d ago (Edited 1932d ago )

LOGIC, the problem is Sony doesn't make money from people buying bigger HDDs...

So, don't really get how that's a goal of Sony.

I just think they're pushing the service the same way Microsoft continues to add new features to their XBL service. I mean, I bet Smart Glass will require an XBL Gold membership, so isn't that the same as Sony adding new, bigger, better games to their service?

Edit: We seemed to post at the same time, so in response to "the more you tend to buy" --

I think that's stretching it. I have 500 GB and I rarely buy anything off PSN because I have PS+... Furthermore, PS+ subscribers haven't shown this to be true so far nor have the big push to put more PS3 digital titles on the store. Sales have grown about in line with market share.

Soldierone1932d ago

Well you might not buy more, but I actually agree with logicwins. I had a 60GB for the longest time, hated buying games and didn't want to touch download games at all. I got a 500GB, and have been downloading and buying like mad. Now that its almost full I'm weary again.

I mean look at the Vita. I currently have a small memory card because of the prices, and I WANT to buy so many games for it. Comes down to it, none of these games will fit on the card with the current space so I pass em all up.....

hellzsupernova1932d ago

i need to upgrade my hdd :(

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TheFinalEpisode1932d ago

June's offerings alone where overkill

Christopher1932d ago

Tell me something: How the heck else would they get new customers if not by proving how great of offerings they have?

Is Microsoft buying new XBL customers by adding NHL, NBA, and other features?

syanara1932d ago

It's just an opinion of giving a quantity of games versus quality features. I'm not saying Sony should not give great content offerings but we should not deny that perhaps giving big features like cross game voice chat and maybe 1 very big and brand new title for free versus giving 12 old games for free would be better. Perhaps buying customers is the wrong way to put it yet it is still applicable in this situation

Christopher1932d ago (Edited 1932d ago )

They're two sides of the same coin. I don't see one worse or lesser over the other.

People who aren't interested in an old game won't get PS+. People who are will.

Honestly, the companies are approaching getting subscribers for the same purpose, extra income, but from completely different ways.

You will get a lot of people who bring up that you have access to NONE of the XBL online features unless you go with XBL, yet you don't lose access to these if you do or don't get PS+, by the way. Furthermore, you can still buy and play any of the 'free' games from PS+ without having to subscribe to it. A comparison I feel completely relevant to the topic at hand. I wanted to just touch on that.

Edit: agree for the discussion to be had.

Ducky1932d ago (Edited 1932d ago )

I'm happier with what they're doing now. I don't think it is ever wise to complain about a company 'trying too hard' to appeal to you.

The games that they did give out for free (or rather, rent out for free) aren't really that old. Infamous2, LPB2, All4One, SpaceMarine and MotorstormApocalypse were all recent games (i.e. 2011). The older games like SaintsRow2 and JustCause2 are also pretty good in their own rights.

If they just pick 1 very big new title, then not everyone would like it. (...and not many publishers would agree with it either)

As for features, not really sure what they could possibly add that would be worth sacrificing those games. Cross-Game chat isn't possible because of memory constraints, and the big pain of updates is already remedied by PS+'s auto-updater.

The only feature that I'd want is the ability to pre-download patches (ex. Suppose I don't own a certain game, but want to download all the patches so that I don't have to wait around when I do buy the game) and maybe install games from disc provided I own a digital version (ex. I have bought both a physical copy of RDR and a digital copy, and instead of downloading the digital version, I just want to install it from the disc)
Still, they aren't a big deal and I'd rather just enjoy me some games rather then have those features.

Sharingan_no_Kakashi1932d ago

DL'd Ratchet and clank, Lara Croft and Sideway (which is surprisingly fun.) Great content. Cant wait to see what's next.

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