The lights are on
At Sony's press conference this afternoon, president and CEO Jack Tretton detailed the elusive PlayStation Plus subscription service.
Tretton said PlayStation Network access will remain free, and nothing will change in that respect. PlayStation Plus, he said, is designed to work along with existing offerings in order to "elevate your game."
With the added subscription, users will get exclusive digital content, early access to game demos, exclusive beta invites, full PSN games, themes, Minis, product discounts, and auto downloads that will push firmware to your PS3 to avoid pesky update alerts at startup.
PlayStation Plus will become available later this month in the following price tiers: One year will cost $49.99 or you can get three months for $17.99. When the program kicks off later this month you'll get a free three-month trial subscription. Launch offerings will include Wipeout HD (full game), Infamous trial, Field Runners, Age of Zombies, Rally Cross, downloadable content, avatars, DLC levels, map packs, Qore digital magazine subscription, and more. Note, however, that the content is only yours during the duration of your subscription. End your subscription and you'll lose access to the content.
What do you think of the subscription service? Would you consider it?
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it sure sounds cool, but probably not. i'm SO glad they kept online gaming free, but i just don't see this subscription being that advantageous for me.
Not spending another $50 a year to get exclusive content for cheaper on a system I barely play. Not to mention, if the subscription expires, everything you get is worthless.
i wont get it. but sounds good. now i wonder if you download it will you lose it or just ability to download future things.
I would definitely consider it, after the three month trial of course. And I'm hoping your last full paragraph means InFAMOUS 2 trial, and not the original.
I'll need to look into the features, but so far so good.
Early access to demos? So now access will be pushed back for all non-subscribers? When they first announced that subscribers would get added benefits and nothing would be taken away from non-subscribers I was skeptical... now I'm even more so. We'll see...
I like the idea of still keeping it free. I'll see how much I actually use the new content.
"End your subscription and you'll lose access to the content."
If this doesn't happen, I'm in. Otherwise there's no point.
It sounds a lot like XBL Gold only with free online play. If Sony can do this, then surely MS can do this. Are you listening MS, are you?? Probably not.
I was bored to tears during certain Kinnect demos, and Nintendo's Zelda connectivity problems had me shaking my head, but this subscription plan thing just downright put me in a bad mood. I nominate this for worst E3 reveal of the year.
They better step their content up, that's all I have to say. We want ESPN 3 on the PS3! :(
uhh I think its a bit lame. giving people the option will leave most people just saying "nah it works fine as is" Where as XBL you really have to pay for that if you want the whole experience.
InFamous trial, or InFamous 2 trial? Because an InFamous trial is pretty useless at this stage in the game. If it's an InFamous 2 trial, that's enough to seal the deal for me.
I think I'm in. Kinda sucks tho that the content is only yours for as long as you have the subscription.
Sign me up for one year!
I like those Sony 3D shades.
Not sure if the freegans in the PS camp are going to want to start paying when they can still take there games online for free.
Also not sure why people seem to think that Sony beginning to charge for some features would lead MS to stop charging for some features. That is not a logical leap.