No Added Sugar's Mark goes hands-on with PlayStation Plus and finds it to be a service with no clear audience and difficult to recommend unreservedly.
Wow. Okay, journalists and "journalists", here's some advice: Subscribe to PS+. Don't subscribe. Who cares? If it doesn't offer you benefit, then so be it. But PSN is still free to play online, unlike LIVE. Comparing PS+ and LIVE makes no sense. It's like how fanboys tried to compare Resistance 2 and Gears 2 during the holiday season in 2008. Oh, and for you PS+ doubters out there, Sony is offering the full version of LittleBigPlanet free of charge to anyone who subscribes before August 3rd, and it WON'T expire if you choose not to renew your subscription. So, $30 right there, "journalists".
LBP is only for EU not for all continent but even for USA there is still a lot of savings happening. i bought Plus today cause i had spare money to spend, enjoying wipeout and some free themes and avatars, i just wish there was more to offer with the service other then PS Store contents. I am sure Sony will add much more over time
You mean LBP is free when you buy a subscription meaning it's not free and actually it's ok to compare two subscription services on consoles as they're similar subscription services. No wonder you have only one bubble with that much mincing.
how can they be similar services when: A: PS+ is mainly a software thing, you get games for your money,. B: Live is an online thing. You must pay to be able to play your games online. Period. they have NOTHING in common other than price.
PSN+ vs XBL Gold One has value that surpasses the subscription cost within the first month. The other charges for features that are free on every other platform to date. PSN+ delivers content, XBL delivers features
They don't even have price in common. considering you don't pay to play online just for extra features etc....
Since i rarely play my PS3 this added playstation plus isn't needed for me and to me i find it a waste of money. To those who eat sleep and breath PS3 i see how it's a benefit. I see the cons and pros but all in all it's the consumers choice.
getting more games so you actually play your console is a waste of money ??
someday in the future, i might become a journalist myself and spread bulls**t throughout the internet...
I swear journalists think we are plain stupid. We don't need 100 articles about if PSN+ is worth it or not. We can actually figure out this ourselves. If we see a benefit of getting it I'm sure we will get it, and if no benefit we won't get it. Start doing your job instead. Write ONE article about PSN+ and explain what the service bring etc. and then your DONE. We can take the decision based upon that.
we also don't need 1000 comments about people complaining that there are too many articles. Just don't read it, it says Playstation + right on the title, you clicked you knew what was coming.
Only expressing my concern about the industry >_> That is apparently what fans are doing seeing they don't trust either developers, publishers or journalism..
Hang on a sec, all we said was that PS Plus was definitely not for everyone, and that many gamers may benefit little from the service. There's clearly a market for this kind of stuff, and I don't see why publications shouldn't explore the pros and cons of a service like PS Plus. Our final point was that gamers shouldn't just dive in and assume it offers value for money, but that it comes down to an individual choice. We're hardly assuming that gamers are stupid!
Pay no heed to these blind idiots. Their blind love for their console of choice takes all sound logic and rationale out of the debate. Say a single negative thing about Sony or Playstation and they'll throw a baby out of a window. There's a market for PSN+. There's also a market for sound attempts at reviews and journalism. There's a plethora of BS articles out there. Yours was not one of them. When you write your opinion that the 60 minute time limit on access to a full game wasn't as good as it seemed, you backed that statement with your obsession with the clock as you played, and that at times it seemed that an actual demo was a better idea. That gave me an insight to whether I would personally like that feature or not. If my decision to get PSN+ was based on that alone, you just saved me $50. I always believed that demos and betas should be absolutely free. They're a marketing tool for publishers and developers. Also, they're somewhat a free Q&A testing for their own product they'll want to sell later. Why the hell do I have to pay to Q&A test their product? It should be free. Bottom line, I see no reason (this is purely subjective, but most here don't even know what that means) to pay for PSN+ when PSN gives most of the stuff I need for online play at no cost.
That's the fun of a lucky dip, you never know what you're going to get.
XBL has been doing discounts & free content for years! Which includes themes, pictures, games, DLC, MOVIES & MUSIC VIDEOS! http://www.cheapassgamer.co... http://www.joystiq.com/2007... If u pay $50 per yr just for that then u R a TOOL. And the BETAs?? Well, tell me...how many BETAs have come out on PSN since 2006? And you're willing to pay $50 per year for that? ROFL And to squash ur other LAME arguments against XBL: PSN is free to play online? Yea...But so is the PC!! I'd rather play the PC online than on PSN - ANY DAY! ("built-in web browser" - pls! don't make me laugh!) I can get MORE on the PC for free than on PSN. (Pls don't talk about PS3 exclusives - there are MORE PC exclusives than there are PS3 exclusives, so BIG DEAL). So until PSN is better than PC for online multiplayer, pls don't compare it to XBL. So what's lacking on the PC (& PSN online)? 1. I can't play games on the PC & receive trophies or achievements from games or compare them to my friends. 2. I can't load up ANY title on the PC and have it auto alert me of patches & updates - AND auto d/l & install them for me. (We know PS3 sucks at this too). 3. I can't communicate with my online friends and real-world friends EASILY. Most PC gamers use many diff apps for communications (nothing UNIFIED) & PSN is just a disgrace (Sony has been doing online gaming just as long as MS - since 2002 yet STILL have no x-game chat features, 8 years later. It took MS 5 years to throw in wifi built-in...c'mon Sony!) And pls! Do u REALLY think you are in the majority with your BS talk of "I'd never use x-game chat if Sony had it." You'd sht ur pants the day they get it! Your other argument is both lame & outdated too: "Why pay for the internet, twice?" Umm...yea! XBL is not an ISP, idiot. BUT let me retort; So why do you pay additionally for internet on your smartphone??? And that averages $30 per MONTH not $50 per YEAR. "PSN has dedicated servers and there's no lag." ROFL. I can tell those who argue this have NEVER played games online prior to PS3 or have NO CLUE! All games on PSN don't have dedicated servers (CoD, etc.) And there are many games on XBL which uses dedicated servers. EA titles, Valve titles(Left4Dead), has dedicated servers. Chromehounds was just shutdown recently (the negative side to having dedicated servers). And lag? Pls research b4 u show ppl how DUMB u R. There is INHERENT LAG in any networked connection - including LAN connections. PSN's lag can't be compared to XBL's lag but YOUR lag can be compared to MY lag. "Playing online should be free." It IS free - I play many games online on the PC...what I pay MS for is a UNIFIED SERVICE. I get all my game patches & updates, automatically downloaded & installed. I socialize & communicate with other gamers (real-world & online only) in one simplified place. And I get access to dlc in one simple place too (many times I get exclusive, first access)
I completelly agree with you. All of the services are great. Want a better online experience get a xbox live. Want a free experience get PSN or a PC. PSN+ has no improvements in the server which still makes it laggy as the 360.
With XBL, if you cancel your service you can keep & still use your free stuff! So yea; XBL = pay to play + discounts + x-game chat & more robust communication features + real-time pic sharing + social apps + ESPN + party system (Zune & Netflix) + TrueSkill matchmaking system + player feedback system + internet marketplace web browser integration (items can be purchased via web browser-inc free items) + auto game updates & auto install. PSN+ = Pay for discounts (oxymoronic) + RENT 'free' stuff (?? lol). Funny...look which service has the most pluses.
It's only been out for a month but PS+ honestly hasn't been very good. The game they offered america, wipeout HD, is old. It's an awesome game but I bought it, and the expansion, 2 years ago or so? The savings on content and games are for items that are the equivalent of stuff available in bargain bins, i.e. stuff that most people don't give 2 craps about. I'm sure it'll get better with time but right now I'm not recommending PS+ to anyone.
Precisely. I can't think of a single must have, or even wish list item that would motivate me to get PS+. The games and discounts they offered simply do not entice. There is nothing there that I really want.
"Playstation Plus Not For Everyone" Well Einstein, that's precisely WHY it's optional and not foisted on us as mandatory.
PS+ is 100% Optional, You still get to do everything you would have without it. On the other hand with XBL you NEED it if you want to play online or watch netflix. Your comparing 2 services that do very different things. PS+ is just like Qore was ann you werent forced to buy that either.
They said the same about home... Then Sony reported they made over 1 million dollars profit in the first 3 months... exactly "journalists" it's for someone. If you were already going into this experiment hoping to compare it to xbl, and instantly write off PS+ because you have more friends on xbl, then it wasn't for you.
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