Sony's commitment to indies is saving PS Plus for PS4 owners

GameZone's Matt Liebl writes, "Indies have allowed Sony to expand its offerings and provide new and unique gaming experiences to its players. That's a good thing, by the way. Without the PS4, many of these indie titles would be indie-exclusive and since I'm primarily a console gamer, I'd never have given them a second thought. But now that they're on the PS4 -- for free nonetheless -- I can experience them. They may technically be "older" releases, but they are new to me."

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ABizzel11621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

It's the smart thing to do. Let your major IP's sell first, and give away indies and F2P games to keep your gamers satisfied with free content. I'm sure we'll see bigger games on PS+ starting next year, but for now the 1 PS4, 3 PS3, 2 PSV set-up is good.

Looking at exclusives/sales Knack, Injustice, Need for Speed, Assassin's Creed 4, and Killzone are likely to be the first retail games on PS4 PS+, which would be a great starting line-up for those joining in for the holiday and into 2015.

November: Knack
December: Injustice
January: Killzone
February: Need for Speed
March: Assassin's Creed

Death1621d ago

Plus isn't needed to access F2P games. Plus gets it's value from the games offered on the PS3 and Vita/PSP. As for the PS4's value as far as Plus goes, if it wasn't mandatory for online play I don't think many would have subscribed for the "free" content to this point if they only had a PS4.

BlackTar1871621d ago

That's true at the current state of Next Gen systems.

I wouldn't have gotten it yet.

ABizzel11621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

I know that I was just saying keep gamers busy with F2P games and PS+ games.

I agree PS4 PS+ isn't on the same level as PS3 or PSV, but it still gives earns you 12 games a year, discounts on upcoming PS4 sales, and I'm sure we'll be seeing more content like betas in the future.

PS4 PS+ is starting off like PS3's PS+ did. After about a year it'll take off. The PS4 is a new console, there's no library of games built up for it after being on the market for less than 3 months. It's going to take at least a year, and that's why I have those games listed starting November.

PS4 PS+ is going to be heavily supported by indie games for the first full year, until retail games have at least had their full year of sales on the market, and those 5 games are the most likely to join PS+ first.

I don't think most people would buy PS4 PS+ right now if it wasn't mandatory for online, simply because the content isn't / can't be there just yet. Resogun, Contrast, and Outlast are all good games, but most people wouldn't sign up for say a 3 month trail knowing those were the games they'd get. But being mandatory is going to help with PSN online infrastructure, and getting better games on PS4 PS+ faster.

come_bom1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

Since i don't have my PS3 any more... I'm waiting for Sony to offer decent PS4 games on PS+ to renew my account. Until then, no thanks.

bjmartynhak1621d ago

Specially considering that AC3 and NFS Most Wanted were on PS Plus in the past.

For Killzone I think they will put half of the game, single or multiplayer.

Knack has PS Plus written all over it (but I bought anyway, quite fun on hard).

But I don't think they will put so many AAA one after the other, maybe alternate one month AAA and indie in the other.

RoboticusRex1621d ago

It is simply because of the lack of non indie games at launch (any launch will have few games) that they only give offer indie games. As stated in the article, there are zero xboxone games with gold. Give them time and ps4 will have non indie PS+ games. Games with gold will probably also have some xboxone full games on offer after a few years.

Hicken1621d ago

Is not like there's a big back catalogue of games to add to Plus on PS4 yet. I'd think that gamers would understand that.

DanielGearSolid1621d ago

The good thing is, those indie gems don't get ignored, and Sony pays them... Win-Win

Death1621d ago

How much?

$50/12=$4.17 a month divided by a minimum of 2 free games a month. That gives Sony $2.08 per game to give developers. Subtract the cost associated with maintaining the service and the money being used to "enhance online gaming" and what is actually going to devs for content? Divide that $4.17 again for users that have a PSP and then again if they have a Vita.

Those indie gems are being played which is great if you have a company who is looking to have their games played, but not really worried about making money. I have no idea how Sony pays for PS+ content or if traditional distribution is a better business model. I do know Sony is the only one offering games this way and of the big three they are losing the most money according to their financial statements.

DanielGearSolid1621d ago

Obviously its enough for so many devs/publishers to get onboard..

Also enough to entice MS to mimic the IGC service

Btw... The Playstation division has been profitable for a couple of years now... Stop trolling

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