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Submitted by miyamoto 1337d ago | rumor

Sony considering “buy PS Vita game, get PS3 version free” for PS Plus subscribers

An online survey Sony posted has revealed some potential new features heading to Playstation Plus that benefit both PS3 and PS Vita owners.

Currently, the PS Plus subscription service is under-going a re-vamp in order to get more subscibers by tempting them with PS3 games for free. Sony announced at E3 there would be a PS Plus service for the Vita too, in the hope of boosting Vita sales. (PS Vita, PS3, Sony, Tag Invalid)

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Snookies12  +   1337d ago
Well that's awesome, though doesn't FFX HD already do this? I thought I heard it would...

Not that it matters, I'm buying both versions anyway, because that game was amazing...
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Zuperman  +   1337d ago | Well said
If Sony ported PS3 games over to Vita for free under PS+

I'll tell you what will happen

1. PS3 + Vita Hardware Sales increases.
2. PSN+ Sales increases.
3. Game Sales increases.

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The_Devil_Hunter  +   1337d ago
You sir, are a genius.
milohighclub  +   1337d ago
But does this mean they both have to be downloaded from psn or would customers get codes when they buy games??? Its just that new ps3 games are 49.99 on psn but get them on release day for between £30 n £40 from else way. If it's purely download only then I hope they lower the price of ps3 games.

Edit: and it mentions this in the article...
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MaxXAttaxX  +   1337d ago
Free or discounted
Either one is a win by me.
plmkoh  +   1337d ago
Finally someone who builds a list of things and doesn't use "???" followed by "profit".

It's not even funny, so good on you.
Dark-vash  +   1337d ago
And then, you stop paying for PSN+ and have 0 games to play!

Screw the digital market, they will not get away with it, and that's why the PSP Go Floped!

I like to have value for my money, and getting 2 games for one is in fact great, until you notice you cant play them without PSN+, you can't play them over your friends, you can't borrow them and you cant sell them to afford other games!
Awesome_Gamer  +   1337d ago
100% agree with Zuperman, that would be a win for PlayStation owners :)
hay  +   1337d ago
Totally agree, free for PSN+ users could make Playstation branch and Gamers happy.

@Dark-vash: One does not simply stop paying for PSN. Not after what Playstation offered this month, hell no.
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Dark-vash  +   1337d ago

I didn't even start! They can offer whatever they want!

Not that I don't own digital games, but as a collector, digital doesn't fulfill my needs!
darthv72  +   1336d ago
i wont take credit for this but I posted a similar idea shortly during e3 week. I was thinking that perhaps sony should offer vita versions of games on the same disc as the ps3.

It is a little different but in a way you are getting both games for the price of 1. I hope they go through with this.

It would increase sales of not only the hardware (ps3/vita) but also the titles supported.
DOMination-  +   1337d ago
AFAIK FFX HD is NOT doing this. There was an article a while back that suggested titles that shared cross-platform multiplayer would provide the other console version for free.. so the assumption was stuff like Wipeout HD, SF vs. Tekken, etc. would be applicable but not a single player title like FFX.

Would be nice though, it would make me get PS+.
Patriots_Pride  +   1337d ago
This would problaby only applpy to Sony 1st party games.
jujubee88  +   1337d ago
Maybe in the initial run,
But, Playstation could easily cut a deal to pay royalties for 3rd party developers.

Even so, I suspect Ubisoft, EA sports would get onto this type of deal day one.
Sevir  +   1336d ago
Well UMVC3 supports this and its a third party release
if you buy the PSvita version online you also get the ps3 version for free instantly from the store! So i'm sure with this already being done on a number of first party title plus a select few 3rd party titles sony has been in talks with 3rd party publishers to see the best possible way to do this in proper execution! I say When sony does roll this out their will be a plethora of major publishers on board to make it worth the purchase of PS+
avengers1978  +   1337d ago
If its true I would love it, I just dont have the funds to buy two versions of the same game.
And so far what the vita can do has impressed me, but really looking forward to more games built from the ground up with vita....
Also want God of War for Vita, and Infamous, New Games though not re-releases.
SilentNegotiator  +   1337d ago
Awesome, but the path to hell is paved with good intentions.

Either make it happen or don't get my hopes up, Sony.
hasj1990  +   1337d ago
This is what i thought would have been done day 1. Especially with top seller titles like FIFA & COD. I would definitely go out and buy a Vita if i know i could play people who are using the PS3 from my VITA by just buying 1 copy.

But knowing I might have too buy 2 copies of the same game for the PS3 & VITA is too much money.
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Sevir  +   1336d ago
Well I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around
the concept if its a game vita specific and not a port. because if its the exact same game on PS3 and PSVita then it makes sense like WipeoutHD/2048 or UMVC3 which both do this and MLB the show 12. but a game like COD Black Ops 2 and Black Ops:Declassified or AC3 and AC3:Liberation Just wouldn't work because they are presumably stand alone games made specific to the vita and have different content to their PS3 main offerings... So i can only assume something like this would be for games that will have exact same content. like SF-X-TK or something that will have the same content across both platforms.
Darth Stewie  +   1337d ago
It should be the other way around. Sony should make it for example if you buy PS:ABR on PS3 it comes with a code for a digital download version for Vita. By doing this Sony will get more sales for the PS3 version and huge increase in Vita memory stick sales.
Soldierone  +   1337d ago
Yeah, but PS3 games cost 60 bucks and Vita titles are only 20 to 40. So as a customer, i love the Buy a Vita title get a Ps3 title free :P
SandWitch  +   1337d ago
That would be cool, but there is one huge problem. People who have PS3 but don't have PS Vita (or vice versa) will sell digital code to some Vita owner and thus developers will lose half of their earnings.

So such scheme is only possible on PSN titles.
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miyamoto  +   1337d ago
but isn't the catch is...that this will only work with one PS+ account?
Ultr  +   1337d ago
yeah but it should be like this

"once you enter the ONLINE-Pass, you get the code for the vita version, so it does only work with your acc"
SuburbanHell  +   1337d ago
Agreed, since the PS3 title is going to be a little more expensive anyway, have it so if you purchase the PS3 title you get a digital download code for the Vita.
black911  +   1337d ago
Vita needs a better/cheaper 3G/4G service. Games are not problem. Whats the point of having call of duty if I can't play it online with friends anywhere.
sloth3395  +   1337d ago
the 3g/4g isnt for games to be played online for a shooting game
black911  +   1337d ago
This gen of gaming is all about online unless your going for the casual market. Trust me if Sony starts 4G psvita $60 a year sales will sky rocket.
DOMination-  +   1337d ago
Like what was said, the Vita isn't designed to play games on a mobile network at all. It could happen in future I guess but the infrastructure still isn't there. It would be annoying to have migrating hosts every five seconds because someone lost their 3G connection.
rjdofu  +   1337d ago
@black911: online is for casual. Lol @ thinking COD is hardcore.
Sevir  +   1336d ago
Considering the MANY revisions the PSP had
I'm sure as hell positive that 4G LTE Networks already being fleshed out and launched by major networks, Verizon and ATT already and Sprint this year and Tmo Next year will all cause sony to Have a 4GLTE Vita with a plan thats reasonable on those LTE networks will happen sometime next year or 2 years from now! 3G was just the first step. and i'm sure Sony is seeing that Apple's Ipad and other Android Tablets are coming with 4GLTE data plans that are more conducive to gaming on the go with multiplayer!

Its only a matter of Time!
Nutsack  +   1337d ago
If you want to play online through 3G, tether it from your phone or MiFi modem. Vista connects through WiFi then and you can play online. Fixed!

I even play online on XBL and PSN with 360/PS3 on trips when I take one of them with me over 3G/MiFi, lag free and no connection problems

3G on Vista is for messaging, trophy checking only, no online gaming
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catfrog  +   1337d ago
people who want a better wireless service for their games are going to be sorely disappointed, right now will likely be the best it ever gets for gaming through large cell towers.

spectrum has physical limitations, you can only send so much data through radiation before interference patterns start to effect your information. right now the industry is just starting so we have a lot of spectrum available for use, but in the future more and more spectrum will be designated for other uses (or we'll socialize the cell industry to create many smaller 'tower' structures to service smaller and smaller areas, reducing spectrum cost on the larger scale)

the spectrum right now is used, its all taken, the cell companies dont even have the best (most useful part of) the spectrum to use, theyre stuck with the less useful parts of the spectrum because companies like fox are holding onto their licensing for the spectrum from back when television was broadcast to antennas on your tvs. their reasoning is that as more people want to use data wirelessly, the cost of that data will go up, and with it spectrum cost will rise, and because they have the best/largest piece of the spectrum, they can control this, which can make them a lot of money.

tl;dr want faster cell plans for gaming? stop watching fox (also the other very old cable providers) movies/shows, when they need money they'll sell their spectrum. (btw, getting the spectrum out of the limbo that its in will not only raise cell speeds, it'll create availability and lower cost also. yes, your cell phone bill will go down when fox sells their spectrum licensing)
Bathyj  +   1337d ago
Ok, I dont have Plus or Vita. But I would seriously have to consider both if this happened.
Sharingan_no_Kakashi  +   1337d ago
2 birds 1 stone.

Pushes sales for the vita AND ps plus.
omarzy  +   1337d ago
buy the vita version for less, get the ps3 version, and sell back the vita version(even if i do not have a vita)
himdeel  +   1337d ago
I believe they'd have to change the way saved games worked as well as a host of other technical magics. Migrating the save to be used on only one system at a time but that flies in the face of cloud saving.

Also there would be no reasonable way to keep someone from gaming the system and buying a PS3 version on disc, downloading the PsVita version, then selling the disc back and keeping the PsVita version. The change has to be all digital.

Buying a digital version of the game and getting both version in this format is the only way to offer a buy one get the other free or at a discount.

My Thoughts:

Digital Version PS3+PSVita Game: $45-$60
$45 minimum price Digital with PS+
$60 maximum price Digital with PS+

Digital Version PS3+PsVita Game: $50-$65
$50 minimum price Digital
$65 maximum price Digital

Retail Disc Version PS3 Game: $60
Retail PSVita Version: $20-$40
$80 minimum price Retail
$100 maximum price Retail
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Silly gameAr  +   1337d ago
I kind of miss those "it only does" ads, plus this would be cool.
Nutsack  +   1337d ago
Now this would make me buy PS+ again, had it 15 months but it became lack lustre over time. This would be bomb on my PS3 and Vita

@ omarzy, you can't sell back digital PSN downloads, this won't be working for hard copies I bet
omarzy  +   1337d ago
oh wow epic fail by me. it is digital, and i made that comment just a few seconds after reading the headline. playstation plus should have been my first indicator...
Soldierone  +   1337d ago
I'd keep plus if this happened. However I hope its not just PSN titles and actual Vita titles.

Its kinda sad that I'm going to have to choose between the PS3 or Vita titles when they come out in the Fall. I'd rather just have both versions, especially for things like Metal Gear where the save is cross compatible.
miyamoto  +   1337d ago
I agree

and not all titles are identical i,e. MGS Collection PS Vita doesn't have Peace Walker.

yup PS+ is the crucial common denominator
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guitar_nerd_23  +   1337d ago
I'd sign up for that feature.
dorron  +   1337d ago
This should have been done from day one.

Should Sony really do this, I would be PSN+ Subscriber as long as I owned Sony consoles.

PD: I've said it many times, makes no sense buying a game twice for different platforms, so this is the right way to go for Sony.
_-EDMIX-_  +   1337d ago
That would be amazing. I think they should just have it tied to your PSN account. Linking accounts would make both versions of the game one. That would mean having PS Plus would allow you to have that true connectivity with your PS3 and your PSV. Great idea if they actually do it. LOL.
supremacy  +   1337d ago
had a ps3 since day one, and til this day didnt think much about plus really. But something like this could seriously push me to sign up.

This would be a very wise move, even wiser if they drop the price on the memory cards along with it.

another thing i feel Sony must do is make it so anyone sign to plus can play mmos for free and netflix. I dont care if plus goes up another ten or 20 bucks. But make it happen.
srcBFMVBMTH  +   1337d ago
All I know is they need more PSP titles on PSN compatible with Vita. They REALLY need to make Resistance: Retribution, MGS Portable Ops, Crisis Core: FFVII, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, Valkyria Chronicles II & III, Manhunt 2, Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, and FF TYPE 0 playable on my DAMN VITA!!!!!!!!!

On topic.

This would definitely keep me subscribed to PS+. I was already going to stay because of the free games every month but if this happens. This is freakin icing on the cake!
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cavado  +   1337d ago
This would make me a plus member
CaptainFaisal  +   1337d ago
Sony are smart!
So if you dot have a vita and want to pay less for games then you have to buy psvita and psplus and eventually youll save money
So its a win win for you and sony
How? Well the consumer will now have psplus, a vita, and pay less for games!
And sony will get profits from the increase of sales of the vita and that their getting more people buying psplus, more money sony have the more exclusive stuff we get and probably they will have a higher budget for their ps4 and make it more powerul! Then as a thank you they will make it cheaper for us because we supported them!
Again Win Win
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Dlacy13g  +   1337d ago
This would definitely be a win for Vita owners. Let's hope it happens.
phantomexe  +   1337d ago
I know this would not make me buy more vita games. I have purchased 1 game since release and thats golden abyss and the only game i see in the near future that i would pay cash for is the assassin creed game. I'd be all over this if they let me play them on the ps3 trow my vita but i can't see them doing that. The Vita needs more top tier games. I'm not saying games like wipout or gravity rush are bad there just not system selling caliber games.I picked up the vita for uncharted since then there has been nothing of that caliber and please don't bring up that terrible resistance game.
remanutd55  +   1337d ago
I still don't see what the fuzz about uncharted is, I beat it and now its collecting dust, resistance, modnation, wipeout, gravity rush and even escape plan are getting lots of my free time, because they either have online play, dlc or creation stuff. I mean I had fun playing uncharted but is not on my top 3 current games but I think its a good game.
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DivineAssault  +   1337d ago
Id do it.. I got a 500GB HDD in my ps3 so i would buy the console version n get the vita version free.. Sony is smart tho cuz u will need to buy more memory cards for vita if they arent retail versions.. Still, its a good idea in my book.. Dragon Crown,Wariors Liar,PS Battle, etc bought when they launch & get the vita versions free! Yes pls
PygmelionHunter  +   1337d ago
They lost me at "PS Plus subscribers" :(

Not that I own a Vita but this would have been a great opportunity to sell me one.
Hicken  +   1337d ago
And why would that "lose" you? PS+ is a great deal in itself. Remember all the games we(PS+ subscribers) are getting this month? How about all the discounts, the cloud saving, automatic updates, and so on?

This is a deal on both sides: entices you to get a Vita by offering you deals, and entices you to get PS+ because those deals on Vita/PS3 games- which are great, you've gotta admit- are only available through PS+.

I don't see why it being related to + would turn you off of the idea.
violents  +   1337d ago
I think they should do something like that across the board. I think the vita is getting the same treatment as the ps3 was early in its lifecycle, awsome hardware, a few easy games to show off tech, then nothing. I realize it may take a little while to get the devs into gear about it but a program like this should heavily increase hardware sales and people would be much more likely to buy a game if they can get the portable(and hopefully cross playable) version for free or at least a big discount. I mean really you've already shown your support to the developer buy buying one version of the game, it would be nice to see the incentive to get people involved into the cross play with these kind of ideas.
rataranian  +   1337d ago
a) there's nothing on + that's enough for me to upgrade to it.

2) ;) ....I don't have a vita, and because of all the registering and anti hack crap they have on it I wont be buying one until it's broken open. My psp on the other hand rocks.
Neo-Axl  +   1336d ago
I'm personally away to get the cheap version of PS+ For 2 or 3 months or something, too put my Game saves into my other bigger hard drive PS3, But also for a few of those games that are on offer, Had it originally when it first became available, but moneys been too tight to get another full year.. Got tons of free crap, got the original Sonic games aswell.. which was just fantastic :D PS+ is worth the money, But only get it if your a Big game player, not just a casual COD player for example, otherwise alot of free games will be missed which would destroy the purpose of the service. So Yeah if your a new PS3 player or thinking of getting one.. I totally recommend you get PS+ Along with your PS3, Get the best out of the system.
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LordMe  +   1336d ago
I am already + with a PS3 and PSV, so thia would be fine by me!
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bub16  +   1336d ago
I don't get why people are getting to psyched about this. It should be in effect without the need for PS+ Why should you pay 2 separate prices for the same game
neomahi  +   1336d ago
You know, you've got cross-platform games. Why can't Sony do with Video-Games, what Hollywood are doing with DVD's. So, your PS Vita makes it so that you can avoid piracy. This means that your account can ONLY be used on one Vita or is linked to that Vita and your games are then linked to your account, right?

Why then can't Sony work that into their business model or strategy what Hollywood is now doing with Ultraviolet or Digital Copy? I did it with MLB 12: The Show, but isn't likely I'm going to do it ever again. IT'S SO EXPENSIVE! I' either buying for one, or buying for the other. Plain and simple. However, I still want a hardcopy of games I buy so, if I'm buying a PS3 game, I'd expect it to come with a Digital Copy to download to my Vita. You can sell more Vita's that way, and with the strategy they're using for the hardware, they don't have to worry about piracy because your games are linked to your account ONLY and that account is linked to your Vita ONLY. I don't see the complication if it only takes a weeks time for a developer to port from the PS3 to the Vita. A week isn't that long, and adds to the value of the PS3 game. YES SONY! But don't take away my physical copy of the game. The Digital Copy can be downloaded through the store. YES!
neomahi  +   1336d ago
I also do agree with bub16.
Xof  +   1336d ago
...Except it wouldn't be "free" if it was for PS+ subscribers, and they wouldn't be "getting" it, they'd be renting it.
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