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PlayStation Plus North America vs Europe vs Japan vs Xbox Live’s Free Games: Where’s the Best Value?

The Instant Game Collection offered to PlayStation Plus Members is a very compelling offer. So compelling that Even Microsoft had to adjust Xbox Live in order to offer some free games to its subscribers. PS Plus members in the US get $462 in free games if they subscribe this months. One would say doing more than that is impossible, and he'd be wrong.

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Majin-vegeta1152d ago (Edited 1152d ago )

Lol is this for real??PS+ beats live no matter what country.

@Abriael

Notice how i said "NO MATTER WHAT COUNTRY"?PS+is still better than live.

Abriael1152d ago (Edited 1152d ago )

Only, the comparison isn't just between PS+ and Live, but also between the different PS+ regions. May want to read before commenting.

It helps :D

edit: Yeah I noticed, but what you didn't notice is that the comparison with Xbox Live is the smallest element of the deal, the most relevant element is that what PS Plus users get in the US and Europe is a fraction of what Japan gets. Now think what would happen if Sony brought the US and European PS Plus up to par with Japan.

Aceman181152d ago

holy crap i can't believe the amount of games they have of the PS+ Japanese side wow. i wonder if both NA/EU will reach that that status.

PS+ is the best value for $$$ of any game service imo.

Abriael1152d ago

At last someone that gets it :D Thank you :D

Aceman181152d ago

@abriael

yea after reading the entire thing it's fairly obvious that not only is PS+ the better service overall value wise, but the Japanese version of PS+ is waaaaaaaaaaaaay better than NA/EU no comparison there.

admiralvic1151d ago

The Japanese plus stuff is a little misleading, since Japan only recently added all those older games. Prior to the IGC, Japan was getting terrible offers / freebies and the IGC only picked up recently. Finally, I believe the push was to finally establish Plus in Japan, so they gave a bunch of older games (that work on portable systems, which do well there) and had hopes it would work out.

If this had been 3 months ago, then none of those PS1 games would have been listed.

Knushwood Butt1151d ago

PS+ in Japan was weak for a LONG time. You just got free PS1 Classics and stuff for ages.

It's only in the last year that it has improved, and now, it kicks ass.

PeaSFor1151d ago

@Concertoine
and your point is?

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FamilyGuy1152d ago

I prefer what we're getting here in the U.S. over what Japan gets. They have mostly small, old cheap games and just have a lot of them. Getting titles like BF3, Uncharted 3, Saints Row 3, etc seem completely out of the question for them. These big name retail titles make PS+ well worth the money for me. I don't think I'd appreciate it nearly as much if the free games on offer were only of the quality that the Japanese store get.

Quality > Quantity

Any day of the week.

Abriael1152d ago

A lot of those are historical games that everyone should have a chance to play at least once. Besides, classic games exist in the US and Europe PSN as well, so they could simply add them to the offer like they did for Japan.

nukeitall1152d ago

PS+ now represent great value, but it is highly misleading to use MSRP on old games. For instance, I can get XCOM for $20 new these days.

In addition, that value is only in savings if you would have bought all those games anyhow.

That said, the benefit is you might find games you wouldn't buy, but ended up enjoying and maybe buy a sequel.

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nick3091152d ago

The games listed there arent worth this much this much at retail.

Abriael1152d ago (Edited 1152d ago )

All the values used are the official prices on the respective marketplaces.

nick3091151d ago

Bf 3 is worth 20 at gamestop, sr 3 is worth 30. The prices arent 100% the same as retail. Not everyone wants ps plus because you dont get to keep everything. I rather finish and buy 1 game at a time otherwise im getting a huge backlog like i do now and never finish anything

HeavenlySnipes1151d ago

Considering last I checked Bad Company 2 still costs $25, and Battlefield was $35, I'm gonna disagree with that

(Unless you meant used, because until recently the online pass pretty much forced us to buy the new version)

AznGaara1152d ago

Considering Xbl is only giving away free games until the end of the year... I'd say plus is better. Europe has always got the better gmes first though.

buynit1152d ago

And so far its crap games compared to plus..

Imo this is how you battle used game sales..

moparful991151d ago

I tried to determine how this can be profitable for all involved i.e. Sony and the respective developers of said games.. But I realized that it's probably very profitable. First of all they don't offer BRAND new games so devs already made money but I'm sure they get royalties from Sony for every download, it increases exposure, larger audience for dlc and future games, and Sony gets a constant influx of money.. They've received $150 from me alone since this program began that they wouldn't necessarily have otherwise. Now that the service is established and very popular having to have Plus in order to play online with the PS4 won't be as hard of a pill to swallow for people because of the Instant Game Collection helping to boost perceived value.. All I have to say is Sony hit a MAJOR homerun with PS+

latincooker2141152d ago

just wait for FAKE ninja to come on here and say XBOX LIVE IS better lol. PS4 FTW:)

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