Submitted by jwk94 1216d ago | news

Measuring the Value of PlayStation Plus

While PlayStation Plus offers a wealth of features, it can also be quite cumbersome considering you're only renting the games, and anything else that you acquire for free, relinquishing ownership of said titles when your membership runs out. This poses a question asked by many PS3 gamers; Is PlayStation Plus really worth the $17.99/3 months or $49.99/year subscription price? (PS3, Tag Invalid)

jwk94  +   1216d ago
Is there anything else you guys would like for me to include in this series?
Hicken  +   1216d ago
Will you be including the early betas and such, as well?
jwk94  +   1216d ago
Yep, although that won't factor into the price for obvious reasons.
b_one  +   1216d ago
for me PS+ gives way more then i can check/play/finish
metsgaming  +   1216d ago
I have an entire backlog of ps1 and mini games that im waiting to play most of them until i get a vita. Im glad i upgraded my HDD lol
BitbyDeath  +   1216d ago
This month alone has paid off my entire yearly sub twice over.

Wakeboarding HD
Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom
Sky Fighter
Ricochet HD
Mushroom Wars
Magic Orbz
Smash Cars
Silent Hill (PSone Classic)
Max Payne (PS2 Classic)
Velocity (minis)
LA Gridlock (minis)

That's €117 worth of content in one month.
A year costs just €50

So yea i'd say it is worth it.
metsgaming  +   1216d ago
EU had a good update, i hope some of those come over to US next eventually, US was good too but EU was better this month imo
cstyle  +   1216d ago
here is some advice for ya Sony. Go ahead and start charging and watch people bitch and moan but they will still pay.
thebudgetgamer  +   1216d ago
The only person bitching and moaning is you.
cstyle  +   1216d ago
I don't really care for PSN anymore since it got hacked. Sony needs all the money it can get so they better start to think about ways to bring in more revenue. Live may be a bit overpriced but it brings in good profits for MS to use to make xbox live better. Expect Live to continue to leave PSN in the dust next gen. Sorry, but its the truth.
thebudgetgamer  +   1216d ago
Why are you angry then?
BitbyDeath  +   1216d ago
You clearly have no idea what PS+ is.
mushroomwig  +   1216d ago
I've never understood the argument that you're only renting games and once your subscription ends then you lose access. How is that any different than most other services? At least with PS+ you get to keep everything else (themes, avatars) regardless if you're a subscriber or not.

My only nitpick with the service is that I wish they would include more non-gaming related stuff. Maybe including a movie, TV show or even an album every month? It shouldn't limit itself as just a gaming service. There is so much potential and hopefully they'll realise that.
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ChunkyLover53  +   1216d ago
Well just to play devils advocate.
Say you pay for PS+ for 3 years and have a ton of games that you can play, then you stop paying. You've put $150 into it and have very little to nothing to show for it.

I use PS+, but I'll be the first to admit that the service isn't for everyone.
lodossrage  +   1216d ago
But that's exactly the point Musrhoomwig is making about subscription services. If you pay for Netflix for 3 years you're paying even more than that. And if that sub goes, you don't have anything to show for it at all.

Plus is basically for the pure gamer in mind. If you're someone that doesn't play your ps3 much, only uses it for playstation HOME, or only uses it for media features, then plus isn't something you should buy into.
mushroomwig  +   1216d ago
Sure I'll agree that it's not for everyone. If you use the store a lot it's probably ideal, otherwise not really.

I see your point though but I can't help but think how that's no different from any other service. You could be a subscriber to something like Netflix for 3 years and be in exactly the same situation with nothing to show for it. It sucks either way.


Oh snap, we even used the same company in our example.
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BitbyDeath  +   1216d ago
Generally that would only be a problem for hoarders/collectors which i would say are of small population.

Most would rather just play/complete and discard.
smashcrashbash  +   1216d ago
I really don't see what people expected, that Sony would just give away all the games for free for the price of basically what a single PS3 game costs. Anyway to answer your question yes, yes it is.

I get to play a ton of games I wouldn't normally afford to play them all and if some of them are worth it I can either buy them or even get a discount price off of them.Otherwise I would be stuck with a whole bunch of games I wasn't sure of or never really wanted in the first place.

Look at Shank 2. At it's length I wouldn't want to keep it forever but with PS Plus I can get it for free play it until the subscription runs out and never download it again or even buy it if I don't want to.

I don't want to buy all the Spyro games but with Plus I can play all three. And if I get lonesome for the games I can't play anymore, I can pay for another subscription and jump right back into them when I can afford it.It's way better then a demo and I get discounts and save a ton of PSN points.

The 'only rent the games' argument is a feeble one at best.If they allowed you to keep everything they gave you forever then people would never actually buy anything. They would just horde as much as they can and never use PlayStation Plus again or just not buy anything from PSN and just take all the free stuff off Plus.

@ mushroomwig. Good point. Lots of services take away your privileges once you stop paying. Sony isn't doing anything that other people aren't doing. It's just the blindness of gamers these days
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Derpy  +   1216d ago
Though I have no problem with PS+ and those who choose to use it, it's definitely not for me. I tend to prefer buying my games with as few strings attached as possible.

As long as someone knows what they are getting with PS+ and are fine with it, that's their choice, but sometimes I wonder if Sony is making the terms of PS+ as clear as they should be.
Skate-AK  +   1216d ago
I've had it since the day it came out and it's awesome.
smashcrashbash  +   1216d ago
@ cstyle when you make a point it's best not to rave and rant and say incoherent things and mention things that have nothing to do with the conversation like talking about next gen that you know nothing about. People won't take you seriously if you do and figure you are just here to spout ignorance and troll the article. That is just your opinion and not facts as people on N4G constantly seem to believe.Your opinion does not equal fact. You don't know how PSN will be next gen so that doesn't even add to the conversation. Just some friendly advise
Silly gameAr  +   1216d ago
PS+ is one of the reasons I have a crazy backlog. By the way renting is no prob since I'm probably a lifetime PS+ subber anyway.
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Reaper9937  +   1216d ago
Once you become a plus I doubt you will ever look back; also the timed exclusive betas and discounts on some game purchases is worth the $50 subscription alone.
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