New Playstation Plus Subscription Details

June 24, 2010, By Christian Davis

So, at some point we all knew that Sony would create an online service that wasn’t free. In comes Playstation Plus which gives players the option to pay $50 dollars a year or stick with their free service. What warrants the new “Plus” title? Let’s find out.

Playstation 3 Slim

As stated previously, the new “Plus” service will cost $50 dollars for a full year. PS3 owners will also have the option to purchase a 3 month package set at $18. At the launch of the new service, subscribers will be given a slue things as a big thank you: Wipeout HD, PSP minis, and PS One Classics, such as Fieldrunners, Age of Zombies and Rally Cross. A full game trial of Infamous, and free monthly episodes of Qore are also available.

These free downloads will remain yours as long as you’re a subscriber. It’s similar to what Microsoft does with their arcade games. If your purchase an arcade game, you will be able to play the full version as long as you want provided that you’re connected online. Disconnect, and you’ll only have the trial versions. The  primary difference between them is that, once you’re subscription ends, the games will need to be reactivated, i.e, renew your subscription.

What Microsoft doesn’t do is provide free games to their Gold Members. Sony states that free monthly PSN games, minis and PS One Classics from the PSN Store will be given to members. Sony has not specified what games and how many will be available each month. There were a lot of titles on the PS One so a mix of both good well known games and notoriously bad will likely make an appearance. Maybe titles like “Tomba” will make an appearance.

Dynamic themes will be available(more then likely for a price), Avatars, and premium game elements/add ons are all apart of the new subscription based service. Early access to demos and betas are also more of an incentive as well.

PlayStation Plus members can also try full game titles before buying them. Each trail will typically last an hour before you must choose to purchase the game. Any progress you made in the trial period, including game saves and trophies earned, will carry over into the full game once purchased. This seems to be a new trend that’s gonna take over. With Crackdown 2’s demo giving players the option to obtain achievements that will be carried over, it seems only natural for more companies to follow in it’s footsteps. Giving players more of an incentive to download their demos.

One of the PS3’s biggest flaws was the lack of cross game chat. Sony responded with this:

“Cross-game voice chat is a feature we know our passionate user base has asked for and we’ll continue to look at as a viable offering for the PlayStation Network,” Sony said.

For more information check out the Playstation Blog.

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