The PlayStation Plus is noted to be a subscription service package that offers new value-added offerings. Sony Computer Entertainment has now revealed that the latest addition to the PlayStation Network namely PlayStation Plus will arrive on June 29, 2010. The latest inclusion will bring along with it exclusive services and content…
After years of offering a totally free online experience, Sony has announced an add-on subscription service to the PlayStation Network called PlayStation Plus.
At E3 last week we reported on Sony’s new premium PlayStation Plus service. Now that the dust has settled and we’ve finally been able to catch our breath, here’s clarification on the new service, plus news on the deals available and exactly what you’re going to get for your money.
PlayStation Plus is a subscription service package on PlayStation Network. In addition to the current free to use existing features and services, its aim is to bring value-added offerings including exclusive services and content on June 29, 2010, worldwide.
All the current features of a standard PlayStation Network membership will continue uninterrupted; PlayStation Plus will work as a premium service, allowing PS3 owners early access to certain game demos, discounts, digital content, automatic updates, and other perks like the PlayStation lifestyle series Qore.
Along with the pay-for feature, which offers users a lease on multiple PSN games and minis a month along with discounts on the PlayStation Store, Sony has added a few more bells and whistles besides. Chief of these is a new Video Editor & Uploader application that now sits in the XMB. You can use this to modify and submit recorded videos to Youtube and Facebook.
First off, at launch, PlayStation Plus will offer subscribers WipEout HD, PSP minis. Also offered is PS One Classics Fieldrunners, Age of Zombies and Rally Cross, full game trial of inFamous, and free episodes of Qore. Whereas in PAL reigons you will receive a full digital download of Little Big Planet, KillZone 2: Steel & Titanium DLC, automatic push download demos of ModNation Racers and Heavy Rain as well as the full PSN version of WipEout HD and plenty more.
- PS Store Discounts
- Exclusive offers on select demos, betas and early purchases
- Full Game Trial
- Automatic Downloads
(More info on these below)
Games & Special Offers: As a subscriber, you can expect to get your hands on free monthly PSN games, minis and PS One Classics from the PSN Store. You will be able to download these games during the month they are available until the new selection replaces them.
Once downloaded, the games are yours to keep and play as long as you are a member of PlayStation Plus. If your subscription lapses and then you re-subscribe, the games you have already downloaded will reactivate, so you still have access to them. Additionally, if you delete one of the titles from your PS3, but decide you want to get it back, then you can re-download from the PlayStation Plus section of the PSN Store if the game is still there, or, if the game has expired from the PlayStation Plus section of the PSN Store, you can simply search for it on PS Store and download it again at no extra cost.
Each month there will be dynamic themes, premium avatars and premium game elements/add-ons for you to download and many will be exclusive to PlayStation Plus members only. These are yours to keep forever once you have downloaded them.
PlayStation Plus subscribers will also be given exclusive PlayStation Store discounts each month that are above and beyond the current PSN Store discounts available to everyone. These discounts will range from 20% to 50%, and anything you buy with these is yours to keep and enjoy forever.
Finally, wherever possible we’ll be making sure that members are included in selected demos and beta trials before they go live to everyone else, so you can be the one to tell all your friends about the next big game they ‘must’ get.
Subscribers will get hundreds of dollars of value through the year and, in the first month alone, will receive more than $50 worth of content.
Full Game Trial: Each month we will be offering members the chance to download full games and try them out for a period of time (one hour, unless otherwise stated). After the game trial is complete, simply purchase the game to carry on where you left off. This is a unique way to trial the full game experience and means you don’t have to be restricted to certain levels/game modes when you test out a game.
The games in Full Game Trial will become available to all PS Store users to purchase, but only PlayStation Plus members will have the chance to ‘try before you buy’.
The other great thing about this feature is that you can continue from where you were at the end of the trial period if you decide to buy the game. All game saves and trophies earned during the trial will be unlocked and will show up on your trophy list and your trophy level when you purchase the game. You don’t even have to re-download the game, just purchase and go back to the XMB to access the game.
Automatic Download: Subscribers will be able to set their PS3 to wake up from standby at any time of the day or night, download and install any game updates for the games you have been playing so you don’t have to think about it. Also, select demos and videos will be pushed to your PS3 ready to go. System software updates will also download automatically (manual install still required) and then the PS3 will turn itself off again.
Game updates and demos will also automatically install and the next time you turn on your PS3 you will see a brief on-screen message letting you know what has been downloaded and updated.
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