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Both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 offer paid subscription services, and that trend is going to continue with the next generation. PlayStation 4 will require PlayStation Plus for multiplayer gaming, and Xbox One will require a Gold subscription to access multiplayer and streaming capabilities. Recent years have seen the inclusion of free games for subscribers (including the recently-announced Shadow of the Colossus offering for PS+), which have been a nice bonus for those looking to extend their backlog. If you subscribe to one or both of these console services, do you feel like you're getting your money's worth?
Perhaps you're satisfied with a yearly fee in exchange for Instant Game Collection or Games With Gold. Maybe you're upset about Sony and Microsoft locking online gaming behind a paywall. We'd like to hear what you think, so sound off in the comments below.
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I think it's a little ridicules to pay to play online. I understood that it paid to get the service going years ago, but now not so much. I bought the console, the game, and pay for the internet. I shouldn't have to pay for the privilege.
I really don't like Microsoft's subscription model. So many of those features don't have to sit behind that paywall. But I think Sony's model is much more valuable and tolerable. However, I believe I'm leaning more to the high-end PC market of gaming instead of the consoles.
I didnt get back what I paid for plus, but its a good enough program for those that dont buy games often. At least its a better offer than xbl
I'll deal with it just because it isn't a super large amount of money to put in every year, for xbox live it would be nice if you could pay maybe half off to lose some features and only get the ability to play online and purchase stuff from the arcade.
Sony should improve their online gaming, since they are putting it on the paywall for next gen.
This gen I am satisfied because I receive good titles every month for my subscription.
Now for Next gen, their multiplayer better have been improved and I hope they dedicate better servers, cause it's going to be paid for it. If they would have left online free and free games for ps+, I would have still bought the subscription for next gen... it's nice to have games to play.
In a way, I am getting my money's. In a way, I am not getting my money's worth.
To me, my PS+ subscription is a double edged sword. On the one hand, I'm almost all the time getting a game I loved, for free, again. I am also getting games I never got the chance to buy (due to budgeting myself) for free.
On the other hand, I'm not always getting games I want (PS Vita game due to not having one or the funds for it), or games I have no interest in playing (Indies, PS Vita games).
However, sometimes I'll just say "**** it!" and pick a game I originally had no interest in and end up loving it.
So, for me, it is a Yes and No in reguards to value.
I think (and I'm not speaking for everyone) it is that for others also. Sometimes you'll get what you want, sometimes you will.
The value, much like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Or in this case, the subscriber.
I bought PS+ a month ago and have already downloaded at least $150 of stuff. Its well worth the price
I didn't need PS+, but I'm glad I jumped on it. Bought my Vita and had a dozen cool games ready to go. Discounts show up in the store, the free games continue to be worth it, and I hope they invest the cash into improving PSN. On the other hand, I just let Gold lapse for the first time. Hopefully by the time I get an Xbox One in a year or so, they'll have something comparable to PSN on the game front. I honestly don't care about the entertainment add-on stuff at all.
I don't tend to play multi-player unless it is couch co-op so I never purchased Gold for my 360. The free games and cloud saves offered by PS+ are well worth the subscription price. I am just happy that they are supporting the PS4 at launch unlike the delayed implementation on the PSVita. Honestly, most of the people that I've spoken to don't care about Sony gating multi-player behind a pay-wall. I know I mentioned several times that I don't care because I have no intention of giving up my PS+ subscription.
iv'e been on xbl for over 8 yrs and have never regretted paying 60 a yr.
PS+ and the Instant Game Collection is just amazing and well worth the subscription cost. Pays for itself many times over.
Sony hype train on the way. I've been super pleased with PS+ Instant Game Collection. Between that and Humble Bundles, I don't pay full price for games anymore. The only problem with the IGC is that I haven't had a lot of time to game recently, so I feel like if I don't play them I'm wasting my money.
PS Plus for my PS3? Yes. PS Plus for my PS Vita? No. Save for Uncharted Golden Abyss and a few PS Classic games, I have no great use for PS Plus on my PS Vita. I don't enjoy Liberty City Stories, Gravity Rush was a bust, WipEout was kind of bland, and the only reason Golden Abyss pans out so well is because of how un-Uncharted like it is (as anyone who reads my stuff knows how I feel about that franchise). Give us... say, the SP or MP of Killzone: Mercenary. Or hell, Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron, or if you want to be cheaper, Battlefront 2. Something that's action packed and has MULTIPLAYER. WipEout is barren on the Vita, even with crossplay, and it's not that impressive an offering. It doesn't matter if its a PSP game, so long as we can play it. And could we get something like Dead Space 2 for the PS3 so people start playing the MP again? You could offer Severed with it like the Genki pack being included by default in SR3!
PS Plus has amazing value for your money. It's a must have if you've got a PS3 and enough time on your hand.
I am subscribed to PS+, and I really like it. Free games, free avatars, great discounts on games, DLC and avatar bundles.
I also get to back-up my copy protected save files to online storage. Great deal in my opinion..
I spent $60 on a year subscription to Playstaion Plus, the downloaded $80 worth of free games the very same day, and have only gotten more games since then. So yes, I did get my money's worth.