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PlayStation Plus 'amplified' with more games, all other offers remain in place

During Sony's E3 2012 press conference, Jack Tretton announced the addition of a bunch of new games to PlayStation Plus as part of an "amplified" PS Plus relaunch. However, it wasn't clear exactly how the service was changing, beyond the offer of LittleBigPlanet 2 et al. the next day. Is PS Plus all about new full-size games every month for members?-Joystiq (E3, PS Vita, PS3, Sony, Tag Invalid)

TaitaiSparks602  +   1343d ago
this why I'm switching to playstation 3 love the libary of games much more than 360 . but, there are some games I like on the 360 guess I'm stuck trying own every console
Campy da Camper  +   1343d ago
I just spent the entire weekend downloading all these games. inFamous 2, R/C and LBP2 were total scores. I might do Just Cause 2 again, but I think I got bored with it when I played it a year ago. I think Space Marine sucked, too.

Regardless, I just got 3 free games for 50 bucks and have 12 months for whatever other goodies they put up there.

Great weekend!
Soldierone  +   1343d ago
I haven't been able to put Saints Row 2 down at all. Going to buy Saints Row 3 this week for sure because of it.
Coltrane_C  +   1343d ago
@Soldier Becareful SR3 is good but it doesn't come close to SR2...SR2 story was really good
-GametimeUK-  +   1343d ago
I too have had a great weekend of gaming. I missed out on Infamous2 so I'm playing that (loved the first). I also downloaded Motorstorm Apocalypse which is actually better than I anticipated and had me on the edge of my seat screaming at the TV whilst my girlfriend was watching haha. Oddworld looks decent too, but I have not had the time to give all the games a lot of attention. Trying to squeeze in my Call of Duty fix inbetween is killing me :-)
svoulis  +   1343d ago
I think this is part of a great plan Sony is trying. Why not give away good AAA games for free (some exclusives) This may fuel gamers to buy more exclusives when they see the quality of Infamous 2 and LBP2.

@Soldierone said

"I haven't been able to put Saints Row 2 down at all. Going to buy Saints Row 3 this week for sure because of it."

See that is part of what they want. Play the games they give away for free and hope it temps you to go and play some other games and trust them as a company and buy games for their platform.

Brilliant Sony. Thanks for that.
dead_eye  +   1342d ago
It's also a fantastic way to bring in the casual market.

Spend £250 (roughly) and never have to spend any money again on it.
moparful99  +   1342d ago
I've been a ps+ member since the very begining and I've downloaded hundreds of dollars in free stuff.. Infamous 2 alone was a HUGE win.. Playstation+ is the best value in gaming..
WetN00dle69  +   1342d ago

Saints Row 3 was pretty bad ass!
A GIANT improvement in the graphics and physics department BUT the story was okay. I would advice you to wait for the Standalone expansion releasing sometime soon. Its pretty much a WHOLE new game and it will retail for around 29.99.
dcbronco  +   1342d ago
Campy, Sony appreciates you being willing to help them out paying for those MP servers.
MmaFan-Qc  +   1342d ago
thats why i own the ps3 AND the 360.

oh ..and the pc/ps vita/wii/3ds too
showtimefolks  +   1342d ago
downloaded every game signed up right after watching E3 of sony. so worth every penny and already got my money's worth lol

can't wait for next 11 months
Anon1974  +   1342d ago
So. One console for $60 offers you the basic ability to play online and some chat features you may or may not use. The other console for $50 offers you $400-$500 in highly rated, free games and the ability to play online is always free. Decisions, decisions...
dcbronco  +   1342d ago
Darkride? Is it really a bargain to get a bunch of stuff you didn't have because you didn't want it. Like, if someone came to me and said, "Dude, I'll give you this bag of marbles for 50 bucks". I'd say, "Dude, if I wanted a bag of marbles I would have already bought them. I already have what I wanted(wanted=MP)".

Dar, what you'll usually find is that when someone gives you something really cheap, it's 'cause they got it really cheap. Then they say it's your for next to nothing *wink*, and that money actually covers the cost of the thing they really wanted you to pay for.

Like inFamous isn't worth $60 because they already couldn't sell it for that price. And since they made it and have already written the losses off on their taxes, they can now give it to you as a gift. So that you will give them $50 to pay for MP.
badz149  +   1342d ago
no need to say things like that man
some people are just happy paying to xgamechat with friends and play online and their 360 might be their only platform capable of doing FB, Twitter, stream TV, Netflix, Last FM and so on so...let them pay and let the PS+ owners harvest the benefits of $50 a year subscription!
bahabeast  +   1343d ago
ps3 has been my primary console since 2007 with my 40gig fat spiderman edition, im now on 250gig slim and i gata recharge my plus :)

TooTall19  +   1343d ago
I'm still using my 40gig. Recently I've had to make some tough calls on what to keep and what to delete.
kingPoS  +   1343d ago
I'm not sure how long I would last with only 40gb, I'd have upgraded that asap if I were in that situation.
Kudo to you holding out that long.
MoveTheGlow  +   1343d ago
Yeah, you can always upgrade the HDD yourself in a PS3 with a generic bigger one, which is one of the best reasons to buy one:

Luckily, prices are declining from where they were after the Thailand flood, and it's very easy to replace it! I've had a 320GB hard drive in mine for years, did that for 70 bucks, it's been great.
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moparful99  +   1342d ago
Heck or you could get an external hard drive and move stuff back and forth as needed... That way you wont lose any of your content...
TooTall19  +   1342d ago
I bought a 500gb today. I was waiting for the price to come down. Thanks for the installation link!
BLAKHOODe  +   1343d ago
I play my PS3 more than my Xbox; mainly out of convenience. The Netflix app is a thousand times better on PS3 - my 4 year old even knows how to work it. Plus I've gotten so many free games from the hack attack and PS Plus, I don't even have to both loading a disc to find something to play. Oh, and blu-ray!
ChunkyLover53  +   1343d ago
I have to disagree about Netflix on PS3 being better than Xbox 360's. On the Xbox 360 version you can format the screen to widescreen,even for non HD shows and movies. This is something they don't allow on the PS3 version.

After the last dash update on Xbox Live they took the ability to stretch the screen away, but after complaints they finally added it back. This is why I prefer to use the Xbox 360's app for Netflix, hate watching older Futurama in a 4:3 locked aspect ratio.
slaton24  +   1343d ago
but on ps3 we watch netflix for free except to subscribe to netflix on 360 u have to pay to have xbox live and pay netflix so ps3 is better
Flatbattery  +   1343d ago
Widescreen TVs have had the ability to change the screen format for years, auto or manual. Not exactly a major selling point for an app if you TV can already do it.
kingPoS  +   1343d ago
Umm ... I don't know what kind of screen you favor, but for me, my 'Sammy'(Samsung) does scaling at the push of a button. BTW Some 4:3 video doesn't always look acceptable when stretched.
MoveTheGlow  +   1343d ago
Netflix just needs to get its act together. It might be a little better on the PS3, but none of their interfaces on any system are that usable at the moment.
ChunkyLover53  +   1343d ago
Wow, PS3 only owners are so insecure. I'm not talking about televisions being able to change an aspect ratio, I'm talking about the app itself. Clearly if the Netflix app on Xbox 360 can adjust to widescreen its the better version. I prefer that interface. I own the PS3 and don't like that setup one bit.

I think its so funny that I got so many disagrees for simply stating my opinion, but because its against the PS3 version of something I guess I'm the devil.
Flatbattery  +   1343d ago
I think it's so funny that you disagree with those whose opinion it is to disagree with you, then question the validity of those disagrees as if those opinions don't count.

I stated why I disagreed as did others, at least you could respect that instead of a blanket everybody is a crybaby statement. You prefer Netflix on Live, that's fine, doesn't mean everybody else has to.
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plumber15  +   1342d ago
Talk about being insecure your so worried about how many bubbles you have , witch in reality they mean nothing . Flatbattery is right N4G wouldn't have put a disagree button in if people didn't have an opinion . Unfortunately the flaw in having a agree and disagree button is no one really has to state why they disagree all they have to do is push the button . You should have to comment in order to get to push the disagree button .
moparful99  +   1342d ago
Media that is native 4:3 aspect ratio looks like POO when it is stretched so that ability is moot.. I don't care what aspect ratio my show or movie is in so long as it looks good.. the ps3 netflix app loads faster and is easier to use.. Those are much more important than custom aspect ratio's
morkendo23  +   1343d ago
look into playstation plus thinking about joining until i seen 49.99 fuck that!!
Jack TRETTON forgot to mention that HIGH ASS price.
here in washington, seattle

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Biggest  +   1343d ago
Shouldn't you have made that complaint a few months ago? Why wait until they release the great content they JUST RELEASED LAST WEEK? Kinda makes your point even more moronic than it already would have been.
BLAKHOODe  +   1343d ago
A high price that was just annihilated with a SINGLE release. Last I check, there were 12 months in a year and if we get an update like we just got just once each month.. $50 a year is EXTREMELY CHEAP. And the discounts, free themes/avatars, early access stuff is just a BONUS.

I signed up for PS Plus about 18 months ago and I have no regrets. It's been outstanding.
Nimblest-Assassin  +   1343d ago
Your joking me.... if you get plus you get


Your getting more than 200 hundred dollars for only 49.99 and thats only one days worth of goods

How is that a ripoff?
Wolfbiker  +   1343d ago
Not to mention $50 pays for the whole year with deals like this every month!

PS+ is a great investment to be made into you PlayStation , there will never not be a game to play if you have PS+
ziggurcat  +   1343d ago
also, infamous2 - which is currently, what, $39.99 in the store? or is it still $59.99?

it amazes me when people gripe about paying the $50 for PS+ even when they see all of the free content that they're offering with the service.

i've been a PS+ member since day one, and i'm pretty sure i've exceeded $500 worth of free content just within the first 15 months alone... that's huge savings on games, as far as i'm concerned.
starcb26  +   1342d ago
I'm thinking of trading in lbp2, infamous 2, and saints row 2 now.
QuodEratDemonstrandm  +   1343d ago
So how much would YOU pay for twelve games?
Or here's a thought.
Sony is promising three free games per month with PS+. These are full games, not demos or trials or minis.
No full game sells on psn for less than $10 that I know of.
There are twelve months in a year.
Playstation Plus is $50 a year.
So with PS+, you will save at least $310 over buying the games retail.
And let's not forget the themes, minis, betas, cloud storage, and automatic updates.
$50? It's a bargain at twice the price.
Sheikh Yerbouti  +   1342d ago
The price is high which prompts one to ask how many online games do you plan to purchase. I have made money back from PS+, it drives most of my game purchases. I've saved well over a hundred the past year alone. Sure there are games I wouldn't have played otherwise, but some turned out to be real gems.
jessupj  +   1342d ago
Virtual_Reality  +   1343d ago
This is really a good deal.


Is $49 a year, which is a better deal than other services out there for what it offers (Discounts/games/dlc's etc).
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jimmywolf  +   1343d ago
for under 5 dollars a month you get free game each month, discounts on games, random betas invites, early access too demos, cloud saves, option download patches or games at a time you set. if you rent one game a month it the same price, if you buy one game a year it the same price an service offer a lot more. it like new prize too look forward too every month
Rediculamal  +   1343d ago
At first the argument was 'PSN is free' in comparison to other services. Next it became 'you can subscribe to it and pick up some nice deals along the way' which more or less put it on level terms with other services...

Now it's 'just take all our shit, don't worry about it braah.'

...Plus just won the contest, hands down.
saulx60  +   1343d ago
Jazz4108  +   1343d ago
360 beats ps3 in so many ways but I'm glad u are finally getting some good rentals for your buck. First time since the month long outage they gave full releases as its usually a costume unlock but its still a rental. Playstation forever until they are hacked or go out of business. I kid.
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Rediculamal  +   1343d ago
I don't really get much back for paying for XBL in comparison to PSN. Party chat and faster downloads, for £30 extra a year if I didn't pay for Plus.

That said, how the fuck is Sony making money out of this deal? I'm paranoid to find out that some small print of the agreement makes me liable for a heart transplant should a Sony executive fall ill.
FunAndGun  +   1343d ago
do you ever get ANY rentals for your buck. YOUR buck gets you access to play your games online and cross chat. lol, 360 sure does beat PS3 in forcing its customers to pay for something twice. congrats!

$300+ bucks since launch you fools have been taken advantage of. All that money could have bought you the next gen console when it releases in the coming years. DOH!
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QuodEratDemonstrandm  +   1343d ago
That was the idea. All these people paying for Live are now unable to afford Sony's next console. So they have to get the NextBox to keep their Live going.
kikizoo  +   1343d ago
"360 beats ps3 in so many ways.."

only in you delusional fanboyz mind..

many ways ? i can see only marketing, crossgame chat (meh) and american market, all the importants things for gamers : hardware, exclusives, graphics, variety, free stuffs, etc are in the sony camp.
moparful99  +   1342d ago
Care to explain your claims instead of leaving it as an open ended statement?
WetN00dle69  +   1342d ago

"only in you delusional fanboyz mind..

many ways ? i can see only marketing, crossgame chat (meh) and american market, all the importants things for gamers : hardware, exclusives, graphics, variety, free stuffs, etc are in the sony camp."

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!
This actually made crack up!
Ares90  +   1343d ago
I need plus, everyone on my friend's list got it and are loving it. Damn I'll get it!!
Unlimax  +   1342d ago
Me Too :[ !
TheRealHeisenberg  +   1342d ago
I got it the other day after being on the fence for so long. I love my 360 but there is no way I'm going back to Xbox Live when PS Plus is giving this kind of love.
MasterCornholio  +   1343d ago
You get more than what you pay for > You get what you pay for.


TheRealist  +   1343d ago
Im gtn plus.. I hate xbl so i cancelled it.. Sony is a real gaming machine 1st, media 2nd.. which is why i bought a console in the first place.. to play games.. blu ray player just sealed the deal
crazy_gooner  +   1343d ago
Sony are really pulling out the stops. As someone who plays 360 and PS3 (mainly 360) it's a nice option to have plus and get free games so I can always play something different. This will probably now only make me buy AAA titles for PS3 as well. It's strange that save games from discs such as Motorstorm: Apocalypse are not compatible with the download version? So we could trade our games in.
NBT91  +   1342d ago
Also odd that the cutscenes are edited out entirely from the PSN version >.<.
MoonConquistador  +   1343d ago
@ crazy gooner - I was waiting for someone to confirm this. So will these games show up as a new game with its own seperate trophy lists if you DL the games from the store but have already played the disc versions?
crazy_gooner  +   1342d ago
I have no idea to be honest. I was so pissed off I turned it off as I put some solid time into MSA. Trophies should be there, also it is a shame that in some games cut-scenes aren't there.
MoonConquistador  +   1341d ago
Really, I didn't know that either, +bubs for the helpful info
rulakir  +   1343d ago
Playstation forever!
JoGam  +   1343d ago
Playstation Fever
Rediculamal  +   1343d ago
My jaw hit the floor when I checked PSN this morning. Surely this CANNOT be legal? I felt like I was lifting sweats from a shop trolley, while the owner watched me with a warm and pleasant grin on his face.

Seriously, when it's too good to be true I panic before I go ahead with it. I want to write Tretton a letter just to ask if he is 100% sure this is okay with him.
FunAndGun  +   1343d ago
Tretton assures you with a smile on his face. :)
Drithe  +   1343d ago
Guys. 50 bucks a year to play all those free games is pretty awesome. But ONLY if you get a few free games each month.

Remember, as a plus member these games are yours until you CANCEL your subsciption. If you are cool with that then that is awesome for you.

Me personally, I like collecting and OWNING my games.

But I am seeing a scary trend coming. BF3 is letting us rent our own servers. They are being smart about it too. These guys that rent servers are really paying EA for servers that everyone uses. Now I play on MORE RENTED SERVERS than I do the regular servers, at least 80% of the time.

Bah. That is another story.
FunAndGun  +   1343d ago
Before this new addition to the Plus subscription (the instant game library of 12 games) all Plus members got 1 PSN game, 2 mini games, 1 PS1 game, a theme, and some avatars every month.

That makes 12 PSN games, 24 minis, 12 PS1 games, and a bunch of themes and avatars for the entire year. 4 or 5 of those months you get MORE content that goes above the subscription minimum. We have gotten FULL PS3 games, additional PSN games, and so on.

Plus also gives you access to some betas and other freebies along the way. All this stuff was BEFORE the 12 game instant library.

so now you get all that other stuff PLUS the new 12 games that will rotate.

I have had Plus since the start. I started to keep a listing of everything we got monthly because personally I wanted to make sure we got everything that was promised each month. after about the 5th month of tracking I stopped. We were continually getting more then what the minimum subscription detailed.

Before this E3 12 game thing, the last few months of Plus have been getting 1 Full PS3 game and 1 PSN game. That is a whole game that was just added on for no reason at all.

Plus is a HUGE savings if you are into playing games. you might not get every game you want and some months might release a game you already own, but overall it has been extremely positive.

I will always have Plus.
HammadTheBeast  +   1342d ago
also, the discounts are amazing! You can get more than 50% off on some games, which is crazy.
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ChronoJoe  +   1343d ago
Whilst I appreciate the games I have almost all of these. As someone who buys everything they want at launch, it doesn't really benefit me that much.

The only thing I got out of this update was Virtua Fighter. I would much rather see the occasional quality game and a larger focus on new services.
Old McGroin  +   1343d ago
Sorry don't have much time to research this (at work); is this deal the same in Europe? And can you actually get ALL of the games, not just one? If so that's one hell of a deal! Left my Plus sub run out about two weeks ago - might sign back up if it's the same in the EU!
admiralvic  +   1343d ago
it is, but slightly different games.
neversawthestars  +   1343d ago | Well said
I've never understood why i'm being charged as a consumer $40-50 retail for Gold just to be able to play the other half of my $60 retail multiplayer copy of Crackdown. I mean at the core that's what upsets me. I pay to be able to access content that i've already bought the license for on a CONSOLE. I pay for the privilege to access their network as well as pay for the privilege to buy services off them. I STILL pay for Ads that plaster my once streamlined blade. I pay to access HULU and NETFLIX and HBO GO when its free to access on the PS3 and WII.

I do agree that psn has long dl times, and Live is streamlined to get easy chat sessions and party chats but its not worth the money when everything else is equal and PSN+ give out games. PS+ is now giving 12+ games a month thats 148 games i play for a year with free multiplayer on all games and get into all the betas. Live i get no games and have to pay 50 bucks a year to play multiplayer on a game i already spent $60 for.

To those who say well you just rent games with plus. Well you just rent the other multiplayer half of your full priced retail game with LIVE so STFU.
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Old McGroin  +   1342d ago
Well said buddy, completely agree, being forced to pay for multiplayer privileges when you're already paying for broadband and you've already paid full whack for a game is plain wrong. I haven't played online with my 360 in months; I've gotten the urge a few times but knowing I'll have to pay for the privilege means I haven't bothered.
This new PS+ deal looks quite tasty; might get a 3 month sub to check it out.
NBT91  +   1342d ago
Make it a year sub, and BTW do it soon, you have to actually get the games while they are there, before they disappear, after that its yours until the sub runs out, and I just bought a year sub. IMO its worth paying the price of a year sub just to download the stuff thats on there now =)
neutralgamer19  +   1343d ago
well said neversawthe stars...... bubble up for you!!!
pimp7997  +   1343d ago
Had PS+ since day one and this update blows everything Xbox live has out of the water. Good job Sony :)
OldSnakePS3  +   1343d ago
dammit my plus sub just ran out
gonna have to get another card when i get paid
LakerGamerEnthusiast  +   1342d ago
no, you can just buy a psn card and buy it with that :)
waltyftm  +   1342d ago
Quality stuff.
ceedubya9  +   1342d ago
Good stuff offered here. There is definitely a benefit here for certain gamers. This set of free games alone makes the 50 dollar asking price more than worth it. They may only last for as long as I subscribe, but I look at it as a long time rental of games that I may want to play and not necessarily buy. The other benefits are nice too. Definitely a great deal.
iliimaster  +   1342d ago
infamous 2 is at 77% !!
TXIDarkAvenger  +   1342d ago
Why does everyone have to bring up Xbox? You don't have to choose between Xbox and PS3, you can enjoy both :D
WetN00dle69  +   1342d ago
Cause they are a bunch of insecure little people.
If you like something over the other thats fine whatever makes you happy BUT when you have a bunch of people singing praises at one thing while throwing crap at the other, it makes people wonder that perhaps they are just trying to convince themselves that the choice they made was the correct one.
TheController  +   1342d ago
The problem with with PS+ is that you're having to pay 4$ a month to rent the game forever. I personally would rather spend 60$, play it for a week, then turn around and sell it for 13$ credit towards another game that ill do the same thing with, in about a weeks time.
PS+ is such a waste of money.
neversawthestars  +   1342d ago
I'll fix ur post @thecontoller
The problem with with PS+ is that you're having to pay 4$ a month to rent 12+ games forever. I personally would rather spend 60$, play it for a week, then turn around and sell it for 13$ credit towards another game that ill do the same thing with, in about a weeks time. That way I spent $564 playing the same amount of games on LIVE then just spending $4 on PS+. SEE how PS+ is such a waste of money.

gokuss122002  +   1342d ago
No offence but...
although you're just stating facts, you're lowkey being a troll; by even mentioning LIVE (in this particular comment)... just saying

p.s. thecontroller's comment was already perfectly sarcastic
dcbronco  +   1342d ago
Is PSN+ ever on sale? I never pay full price for Live and was wondering.
neversawthestars  +   1342d ago
@dcbronco Try or for deals and i don't blame you for not paying full price for live. Seems no one does either.

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