PlayStation Plus has become a "nice weapon in our arsenal" says Sony

(GamesIndustry International) PS Plus is "contributing in a big way" to PSN sales, Sony informs us.

Sony's online efforts have come a long way in the last six years, and while some would argue that Xbox Live is still superior, one unique differentiator for PlayStation Network is its PlayStation Plus offering. In fact, one industry veteran close to Sony told us recently that Sony has "drastically undersold" the value of PlayStation Plus. Sony appears eager to change that, if you ask John Koller, VP of PlayStation Home and Handheld Consoles.

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Sinner101GR2121d ago ShowReplies(5)
Fullmetalevolust2121d ago

I love the service for the PS3, now bring it full force to the Vita with some free games and some discounted titles. It'd breathe some life back into the handheld (I note the irony of what I just typed) just in time for holiday sales. Side note: I am loving Frobisher says!

donniebaseball2121d ago

I think they will be bringing it to Vita, but Vita is in a bad, bad spot. Plus won't save it!

Godchild10202121d ago

What Bad Spot? It will have it's best week in Video game releases next week. PlayStation Plus will make current Vita Owners happier and push most of them to talk more about the Vita and push Plus further to those that only have a Vita.

It will mostly have free PSP games and Minis at first, but I'm sure better games and discounts will come. I'm also sure Sony will bundle plus with every Vita at some point.

lashes2ashes2121d ago

It was already announced for vita. It will be out next mounth I be leave.

JoGam2121d ago

Plus is already on Vita In the form of Plus Discounts.

darthv722120d ago

and differentiate the service from non members i think sony should create more exclusive members only content that IS NOT AVAILABLE AT ALL to non members.

As of now, non members can obtain the same stuff members get (with a few exceptions) but I think sony is missing a real opportunity to bolster its membership by way of new content for games you just cant get any other way.

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CraigandDayDay2121d ago (Edited 2121d ago )

It's truly a great service. It's exposed many people to so many games that they might not have played otherwise. It'll be interesting to watch Plus evolve as we enter the PS4 lifecycle soon. Plus is an absolute bargain, really. You get hundreds of dollars (if not almost a thousand) worth of content within a year's time for a mere $50. And online play remains completely FREE. You just can't beat that.

I hope the PS4 keeps online gameplay (including cross game chat and a party system) free and keeps Plus as the extra service you can get if you want to pay.

Yep. That's true. You get Plus for Vita for free. Things like that and the new Cross Buy features where you buy the PS3 version and get the Vita version free (PS All Stars Battle Royale, etc.) are going to incentivize PS3 owners to go out and buy a Vita and vice versa.

doogiebear2120d ago

I now own exactly 125 games just for my PS3. Many of which are for ps plus. At any given month, PS Plus gives away high quality games that surpass the cost of my entire yearly membership (example, $120 worth of games in just 1 month, even though I only paid $50 for a year (so that means 11 more months of games). So whenever i am having hard times financially, and cant get a new game, I can count on ps+ to give me some great games every month.

So since i'm getting over $1000+ worth of games for only $50, I think it's fair to say that the games ARE free. It's like using public recreation centers: As long as you pay for your low cost membership, they give u access to all the tennis courts, pools, gyms, etc anywhere in your city. So it's virtually free, by the prices standard.

darthv722120d ago

Would "own" be the right word to use to describe your situation? Not discrediting you or anything but while you may have legitimate games that are bought and paid for.

When it relates to games sony offer to + members, you don't "own" any of them UNLESS you buy them at the reduced price. Which isnt a half bad option considering they are usually half the price non + members pay.

Just, please, don't disrespect the service by thinking the 'free' games are yours. You are effectively paying to play them at no additional cost. They are yours for the extent of your membership.

On topic, where i see sony missing an opportunity is when it comes to exclusive + membership content. Right now I am not seeing any (or as much). Meaning that anyone who isnt a + member can obtain the same content (except the early beta access) but it would cost them the individual price.

So the 'free' games they can pay for and those will really be theirs but a + member cancels their membership and those games would no longer be valid. Sony (I am certain) has toyed with the idea of exclusive members only content. Especially if it related to DLC for their high profile games.

+ members only tracks for GT or maps for KZ or UC games. + members only home spaces. That kind of stuff that really ISNT available to the everyday member. As i see it, + started out as a discount service like someone joining CostCo to get cheaper prices on everyday items others pay retail for.

It has kept that but added in a rental service (for the lack of a better example) where you get full games as part of the membership. Yet these are still games and content that is available to the non member at a price.

Sony should really consider the exclusive "members only" approach with stuff that non members can not get no matter what. It would effectively create the need for someone to become a member if it is something of interest to them.

Blastoise2121d ago

I hear if you have PS+ for PS3 you get it free for Vita. I just bought a years worth of plus on PS3 so im considering picking up a Vita to get even more value out of it.

PS+ is awesome.

Steven212121d ago

That's what made me get a vita :D

BitbyDeath2121d ago (Edited 2121d ago )

Will be intersting to see what the Vita instant game collection holds.

If it has both Uncharted and Gravity Rush then i may also find it too tempting to pass up on a new Vita.

StockpileTom2121d ago

That's probably exactly why they made the service carry over to the Vita. They added that extra nudge to PS+ users so that they buy one.

That being said I am not complaining as I already have a PSV and PS+.

ThanatosDMC2121d ago

I hope for the Vita instant collection that they're not games i all ready have... which is highly unlikely.

violents2120d ago

PS+ is a service sold to a specific account, as long as the account you log in under on your vita is the same as the one you use on your playstatin you will still have +.

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GribbleGrunger2121d ago (Edited 2121d ago )

Clearly, at some point they're going to have to diversify their content because they're going to eventually run out of games. So I'd say they'll have a classic selection of much older games and start including Movies, TV shows and maybe even Singstar tracks.

An instant Singstar collection of about 12 tracks would be a good move considering they've just added it to the XMB

BitbyDeath2121d ago

That'd be awesome, I currently have 137 SingStar songs (excluding discs), can never have enough.

Silly gameAr2121d ago

That's a good idea. You should submit that to PSblog Share.

GribbleGrunger2121d ago

You do it if you like. I wouldn't know where to start.

Soldierone2121d ago

If they added movies, or included their music service in it, I'd re-subscribe in a heart beat. Right now I'm just waiting for it to hit Vita well enough to warrant me getting it. I don't buy digital for PS3.

GraveLord2121d ago

Depending on what Playstation Plus offers for Vita, I might actually end up buying one.

I already subscribe to it for the PS3 content. I'd say the content there is nice.(although it looks they are mostly offering games that didn't sell well, with a few exceptions)

Blastoise2121d ago

Some games on it didnt sell well, like Bulletstorm (great game by the way which I never would have played if it wasnt for PS+...). But it has some big hitters on there too like Resident evil 5 gold. Also games like Machinarium were put straight onto PS+ the same day it was released on the store!

BitbyDeath2121d ago (Edited 2121d ago )

I thought the pattern was more games that had additional DLC/sequal coming out in near future rather than game that did not sell well.

Although there had been the odd few (Starhawk/Bulletstorm)

But also the odd few brand new games too.

Also the day 1 discounts which come with most games are pretty sweeet.

yesmynameissumo2121d ago

2 issues with PS+:

1) I had to upgrade my HDD to 1TB to accommodation all my PSN games and PS+ games. First world problem, I know.

2) I have to neglect my wife and children to catch up with all the games I have b/c of PS+, be it.

Very solid, value add service.

CraigandDayDay2121d ago

Sounds like some really good "issues" to have. LoL

grayfoxx8812121d ago

Hey, I know the feeling. I upgraded my HDD to 500 gig, and now I'm starting to realize that it's not enough. I have 44 games on my PS3 because of Plus, not to mention all the sales and discounts. Best thing ever, worth every penny.

Xer0_SiN2121d ago

*looks at comment about neglecting wife and kids to play ps+*

challenge accepted...

KwietStorm2121d ago

I've been subscribed since the service went live, and I have about 200 gigs free on my 640GB, with other files too. What kind of stuff do you have on yours?

yesmynameissumo2121d ago

Games and apps that's it. I have around 40+ PS+ titles (been a subscriber since day 1) and 30+ PSN games. Have a little over 600GB free.

violents2120d ago (Edited 2120d ago )

Wow, I'll trade your problems for mine.

And honestly you dont have to leave those games on there all the time, if you need space for a new one delete one you dont play alot and if you want to play the old one again sometime all you have to do is redownload it from your download list.

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