Recently, a survey had went out to PlayStation 3 owners regarding PlayStation Plus. The survey shows three different tiers too choose from, each with different pricing and perks, including free PSN games, free trials, increased game catalog access and more. Currently PS + subscribers have a choice of either the $49.99 annual subscription, or the $17.99 three month subscription. Both offer the same set of benefits.
We received comment from Sony on this survey after inquiring, and this is what they had to say:
“We have nothing specific to announce at this time, but Playstation Plus continues to delight gamers with free games, huge discounts and exclusive gaming features that can’t be found on other platforms.”
Playtation Plus was officially released June 29th, 2010 as a new service in edition to Sony’s Qore, which was a digital magazine promising a lot of the same things as PlayStation Plus. PlayStation Plus released with real savings in mind by including free games like Wipeout HD, Rally Cross and Age of Zombies. For a full list of the initial impressions and inclusions check out RipTen’s original rundown.
Sony has added more incentive to the service, like cloud saves, automatic downloads and full game demos, just to name a few. This service is almost two years old and maintains the original launch price of $49.99 for a year or 17.99 for three months. While there was early criticism of the service, over time the value of it has grown significantly. Let’s not forget, the PlayStation Network has always freely allowed online gaming, demos, game downloads and other media applications like Netflix and Hulu. Xbox Live requires a subscription of $50 a month to access a lot of the same features PlayStation provides for free. The selection of free content is always rotating, so it will always be fresh.
In contrast, there are some things that Sony’s service falls short in. Xbox Live always wins when it comes to solid service, fast downloads and rockstar support, but they genuinely need to look at what value they’re giving gold customers beyond simply allowing them to play with their friends. Both premium services are becoming easy choices if you’ve got the money, but if you only have $50 each year to spend on this kind of thing, the choice is getting tougher to make. It all comes down to what you value more: free games or a better online gaming experience.
The month of May is shaping up to be awesome and include enough content to keep you gaming well into June. Titles like Saints Row The Third, Batman: Arkham City and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations are just a few of the full game trials included. Anyone for some free games? How about Awesomenauts or Rock of Ages to name a few. For a full list, check out RipTen’s May PlayStation Plus breakdown here.
Is anyone a current subscriber or looking to join up? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.