PlayStation Plus: A Service Worth Emulating?

Stuff: A press release yesterday announcing that free downloadable copies of Batman Arkham City, Limbo and Vanquish will be available to PlayStation Plus subscribers from December 5 is another compelling argument for PlayStation 3 owners to sign up. It's also a strong stance that Sony sees the PlayStation brand as a games player first and foremost. And with the PlayStation Plus service now available to PS Vita owners (who will be able to download Mortal Kombat and Knytt Underground for their handheld device from mid-December), Sony is sending a signal to its rivals that it values its user base.

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wishingW3L1969d ago

for a poor gamer like me PS+ is a blessing because I can play lots of games in a year by just spending $50-60 a year!

-Mika-1969d ago

I agree. I think it would be cool if Valve bought this type of program to it service. It could really take off.

Bubbles me up for that comment :)

Y_51501969d ago

I see... you are desperate for them bubbles! XD

MAJ0R1969d ago

Steam doesn't need the service as they already have 10x the value of Playstation Plus.

For the autumn sale I purchased about 20 games (a couple being very big AAA games such as The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and Batman: Arkham City - Game of the Year Edition) for a little more than $60. On top of that, I can continue playing them and not have to spend another $60 next year to renew a subscription ;)

Gaming_Guru1969d ago


The difference is that once downloaded I can download them again like Resident Evil 5 Golden Edition, Infamous 2, Little Big Planet 2, Uncharted Golden Abyss, Batman: Arkham City, Limbo, or Crysis 2 are just some of the games that are / were on the list.

rpd1231968d ago

Bubble whoring makes me want to bubble you down...

Ducky1968d ago (Edited 1968d ago )

Steam already offers cloud storage, automatic updating, and discounts for free. I'd rather they keep those things free rather than turn it into a subscription.

There already are services such as IGN-Prime which gives early betas, discounts and free game per month (and that's a free game that you get to keep even after subscription runs out)

... there's also Gamefly and OnLive which offer subscription-based service if you want access to a library of 'free' games.
Valve doesn't need to follow suit.

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TheGrimOfDeath1969d ago

Is it really worth it? I know that you can keep the games for a limited time, but that's the thing 'limited'. What If I don't want PS+ anymore? Poof all my money is gone.

FunAndGun1969d ago

It is the same as any subscription based model. You get the stuff when you pay, you lose it when you stop paying.

Netflix, Phone, Internet service, Cable, XboxLive, is all the same.

so ask any of that other stuff worth it?

Plus is full of value. You get to play many games throughout the year for $50. Yes, your money is gone after that year, but you traded it to play games.

You can look at any payed service as money wasted, but you got the value of that service for your money, it is not wasted.

jjb19811968d ago

They are only available for a limited time to download, once downloaded, they are yours to keep as long as you remain a ps+ member.

LOGICWINS1969d ago (Edited 1969d ago )

The issue is that most PS3 gamers don't know/care about PS Plus...this situation is much more prevalent for 360 only gamers that only buy COD and nothing else.

Just today, I told my friend(owner of a PS3 Super Slim, Wii U, Wii, Xbox 360, Vita, DS, 3DS, and PSP) about PS Plus and he shrugged it off.

Sony needs to start advertising PS Plus more. People don't UNDERSTAND what its all about.

guitarded771969d ago (Edited 1969d ago )

So because your friend shrugged it off, most gamers don't want it? Your friend is representative of most gamers? Over on the PlayStation Blog, most gamers have a + icon on their profile... and on my friends list on PS3/PSV, the majority of my friends have a + icon next to their avatar. I think + is something all PS3/PSV gamers should consider for the cloud storage alone. Even if they don't want the games, it's a good insurance policy in case one's PS3 crashes... everything is saved in the cloud for me. Butif they're not interested in new games to play each month and deep discounts on other titles, they're probably the type of gamers who just play a couple games anyway, and could reasonably do without +.

StrongMan1969d ago

He needs to take the word "logic" out of his name for thinking his friend = the world.

TheRealHeisenberg1969d ago

On my friends list I'm the only one that has +. All of them know what it is but they are hesitant to sign up for it. I've told those that have asked about the value that I get out of it. I'll never get Live Gold again unless they start giving away "freebies" like + does.

LOGICWINS1969d ago (Edited 1969d ago )

I didn't say most gamers didn't want it. Nice try putting words in my mouth Strongman. I said nothing about "the world". I said most PS3 gamers don't want it. MOST PS3 owners aren't PS Plus members. FACT.

@guitarded- You criticize me for using my friend as a benchmark for all PS3 gamers(whom I was just using as an example, not a benchmark), but its okay for you to suggest that the gamers on the PS Blog/ur PSN friends list are indicative of mainstream PS3 owners? Hypocrisy?

SIdepocket1969d ago (Edited 1969d ago )

Well, you did say "most PS3 gamers don't know/care about PS Plus", and then used your friends as the primary example.

guitarded771969d ago


I wasn't criticizing you. I was simply pointing out your generalization and offering a comparison of other gamers who use the service. I agree that Sony needs to let more people know about the service... a commercial would be nice. I think you're too sensitive for real debate and open discussion. I wasn't trying to hurt your feelings, just trying to have a real discussion.

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Nicaragua1969d ago

They should definitely bundle 6 months of PS+ subscription in with every new PS3, Vita, and eventually PS4. that way every new playstation customer would have some form of exposure to it from the start.

Godchild10201969d ago

They offer a month and most recently 3 months (Black Friday) and now a year for the 3G model of the Vita.

I think a month is more than enough time to learn about plus, use it and know if its for you or not.

sway_z1969d ago (Edited 1969d ago )

No 6 months is too long! PS+ is a business, not a charity.

90 days should be the limit to free trials. I want Sony to make money from PS+ so they can improve the service going fwd.

MS makes 100's of millions each year from Gold members...Sony need that kind of additional revenue.

Sony need to promote PSN, PS+ and PS Home to the casual audience more so than the core.

I personally know girls (real girls, yes REAL! not shemale avatars lol) who have bought a 12GB PS3 on the cheap just to use PS Home and things like TV catch up and music video services. This type of user does not necessarily purchase PS3 for its games, but more it's social aspect.

MikeMyers1969d ago (Edited 1969d ago )

Actually, they are advertising it more. I've noticed it more and more lately and they also announced the partnership with Vita which adds even more value to the service.

It's become part of the bundle packages as well, just Like Microsoft does by offering a trial basis for Xbox Live Gold when you buy the system.

I do think it is a good service worth emulating because what Sony has done is keep the integral part of online multiplayer apart and differentiate themselves from Xbox Live by giving consumers a real choice. Microsoft integrates everything within Xbox Live so that consumers are virtually forced to pay for the service. It's a mock-up of what cable providers do and bundling channel packages and thus making certain channels as hostage. Want one channel? Sorry, you need to bundle it with 4 other channels. Now I'm not going to get into what's better but what I will say is I like having a choice.

Sephiroushin1969d ago

Most PS3 gamers have it, FACT (casuals aren't count they don't buy games at all anyways)!, Most PSN+ Subscribers are happy with their subscription, FACT!

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josephayal1969d ago

I love free games, only on PS3

Rumplebumpkin1968d ago

You made the same comment in another article about PS+ a few weeks ago, give it a rest.

It's the way that subscription based services work.

Lvl_up_gamer1968d ago (Edited 1968d ago )

Actually MS have released free games on the 360 as well as free DLC.

Kinect Fun Labs: Mars Rover Landing
Kinect Playfit
Kinect Fun Labs: 5 Micro Lab Challenge (NEW)
Doritos Crash Course
Game Room
Harms Way
Hexic HD
Intel Discovered
Kinect Fun Labs - Kinect Rush: Snapshot
Kinect Fun Labs – Air Band
Kinect Fun Labs – Avatar Kinect
Kinect Fun Labs – Battle Stuff
Kinect Fun Labs - Bobble Head
Kinect Fun Labs - Build-A-Buddy
Kinect Fun Labs - Googly Eyes
Kinect Fun Labs – I Am Super
Kinect Fun Labs - Kinect Me
Kinect Fun Labs – Musical Feet
Kinect Fun Labs – Mutation Station
Voice Studio
Dash Of Destruction (may no longer be available unless its on a hard drive)
Aegis Wing
Happy Wars
Pinball FX2

Free DLC
Kinect Sports - Party Pack DLC
Rock Band 3 - Free DLC Pack 1
Red Dead Redemption - Outlaws to the End Co-Op Mission Pack
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Title Update
The Godfather - Title Update + $50k In-Game Money
Kameo Elements of Power - Design-A-Skin Pack + Co-Op Pack (0 point achievements but still count as an achievement Won)
Project Gothic Racing 4 - Free challenge Pack DLC

I think there is more but got tired of researching. I think the point has been made.

So you are wrong. Free games (and content) is NOT just on the PS3.

jjb19811968d ago

Those are the worst examples ever, I hope you didn't take more than 30 seconds to compile that list.

ALLWRONG1968d ago

Well, if he stopped paying for Live, at least he gets to keep the games.

Hicken1968d ago

... first of all, you took josephayal seriously.


Second: a list full of Kinect games? Which are useless to the 50-55 million 360 owners out there with no Kinect?

Third: aren't the Red Dead, Ghost Recon, and Rock Band DLC packs available on PS3 as well? I at least recall paying nothing for Outlaws to the End.

Fourth: you took josephayal seriously.

C'mon, man.

Lvl_up_gamer1966d ago (Edited 1966d ago )

@ Hicken

First of all Josephayal didn't state he was not being serious so why wouldn't anyone assume he is?

Second, why does it matter if it's "kinect" games? They are still "games" which are found on the 360 given away for free by MS. The topic that Josephayal created was that free games are ONLY found on the PS3. It doesn't matter if they are Kinect games, Arcade games or retail games. They are still "games". Your rationality is very ignorant for you to pick and choose what games are classified as games.

Third, It's doesn't matter if games or DLC are also available for free on other systems. Point is, is that MS ALSO have them for free as well. Nothing was stated as "exclusive only". It still amazes me that people like you have an issue believing multiplat games are still games.

Doritos Crash Course
Game Room
Harms Way
Hexic HD
Intel Discovered
Voice Studio
Dash Of Destruction (may no longer be available unless its on a hard drive)
Aegis Wing
Happy Wars
Pinball FX2

Are all NOT Kinect your argument holds no water.

Fourth, you already said not to take Josephayal seriously so technically this is not a fourth, it's just a regurgitated comment you already made.

Stop being so narrow minded and think only games on systems YOU like only count as games in a conversation about games.

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Pillsbury11969d ago

Who wouldn't want free games ? Happy ps plus customer. Long live play.

Neo-Axl1969d ago

Put it this way, my friends who are getting a PS3 this christmas, are getting a PS+ card from me.. which means they are getting 10 free games immediatley on christmas day.

PS+ is the best thing to happen to PSN, if your avoiding it, Your a fool.

Godchild10201969d ago (Edited 1969d ago )

Isn't it more like 12, 18 if they have a Vita as well as a PS3? That is a nice gift to give someone. I did that as well, gave my nephew a month of plus and a 16 GB memory card for his Vita. If he likes plus, he will get his mother to pay for a year.

That is a wonderful gift @ Neo-Axl.

Neo-Axl1969d ago

I think so dude, But these guys are brand new to the PS3 scenario, So I'll be giving them something to kick off on a good start, PS+ with MGS4, UC2 & Killzone collection.

That's an alright gift for my two best friends isn't it?

Neo-Axl1968d ago

Haha! I'm not the one buying the games man, just the PS+ card :P

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