I bought the Playstation Plus service the day it came out. Let me tell you a bit of my experience with it and more importantly, help you to decide if you should purchase it as well.
What is the Playstation Plus Sevice?
For $50 a year or $18 for 3 months on the Playstation Store, you get the following:
Free full games monthly (a variety of PSN titles for the PS3 and PSP including PS3, PS1, and Minis)
Free themes, avatars
Advance access to exclusive demos and betas
Free Game trials (you play an hour of an actual game to try it out)
Free monthly episodes of Qore (the PSN highlights title that allows you to see videos of upcoming games, play demos, get free DLC like themes, etc)
Discounts on items on the PS Store (games, and as of now, the PS Protection plan… which basically gives the PS+ people 2 years for 1 year past the warranty.)
All the “free” games and downloads are available until you end the subscription to the service. Any discounted games/DLC you purchase is yours forever.
How is it?
Overall I am happy with the service. I don’t have XBox Live, so I am not comparing it to that. You hear lots of talk about how much better that service is, but I can’t compare it personally. I own a PS3 and a PSP, which may help you decide whether to purchase this or not.
The games I have already downloaded for “free” include:
(Critter Crunch was available for free, but I already had it… which is something to consider)
Age of Zombies
All this in the 2 months I’ve had the service.
Read my other articles for reviews on these games. Except for Vempires, the games I have now on my system are really fun.
You can’t join in this month and get all the games they offered since the beginning, they are only available per month, which is smart for Sony. Otherwise, people could just wait four months and download all the things I spent those months paying for.
If you tally the amount of free stuff I have now, that’s over $50 already, and with the rest of the year to come, it’s looking good for me on the PS.
Unfortunately, two games have been offered for free that I already purchased. This is stopping me from buying more games online, since I don’t know if they will be offered to me in the future. A small gamble, but enough to dissuade me from buying something, even with a discount.
What to consider:
How much time do you play videogames?
If you play less that 10 hours a week, I’m not sure you would feel justified getting the PS Plus. From the amount of games they have, you would have them on your system and they would just take up space.
How much do you spend on videogames?
If you purchase a lot of PSN titles, you may want to get this. Some titles are free, some are discounted. You’d make up the $50 quick if this is your gaming venue. Look out for the pitfall of being offered games you already own. Tips: The free games have been PS exclusives. If you purchase games that have been on the XBox, you should be ok. Those don’t get given out.
However if you just play disk based games, this is probably not for you.
Do you own a PSP?
I was lucky enough to score a PSP right before the service was put out there. If you don’t, then the PSP games that are free are just going to be a little letdown. The minis and PS1 games are compatible with both the PS3 and PSP, but for some reason, being able to cart those free titles around with me is that much better.
Will you discontinue the service?
If you do so, you will lose all the free stuff you downloaded. So in this instance, it feels like a rental service. I think this is ok since I will tire of those games after awhile and not miss them after a year.
I am happy with the purchase of the service. I like the free games, the Qore episodes, and the fancy little yellow plus sign next to my avatar. Whether or not you should get it is up to you. I hope the questions I prompted in the article help you out.