If you own a Sony Playstation 3 and haven’t caught wind of the amazing value of Playstation Plus, you either don’t have anybody on your PSN friends list…
…or you don’t turn on your PS3…
…or you simply don’t have an internet connection.
In The Beginning
I understood why a lot of people were slow to warming up to Playstation Plus (PS+) during its infancy. It was because Playstation 3 (PS3) owners were expecting an ‘XBox Live’ rival in services and not a digital shoppers club, like a real world Costco. It lacked the value gamers wanted from the subscription service, which was a better social gaming experience. But as time passed by, and folks got over the cross-game chat debacle, they began to focus back on whats most important… gaming. Word started to spread about all the free stuff PS+ owners got simply for being a member. So I took the plunge and paid $50 bucks for a 1 year subscription. I’m in approximately 3 months so far.
Let the Good Times Roll
What I have experienced as a self admitted late joiner is hours of fun. If you’re not a member you are missing out on a huge windfall of games that can easily be downloaded and played as soon as you (excuse the XBox term) ‘jump in’. With games like ‘Little Big Planet 2’, ‘Just Cause 2’, ‘Infamous 2’, ‘Ratchet & Clank All 4 One’ and ‘The Walking Dead’ accessible to play all I want, I quickly realize I have gotten back way more gaming value than I put in. Whats even more impressive is that the games keep coming. Starting this week members get to download ‘Starhawk’ full single player.
Too Good to be True?
Yeah it all sounds great, but there is always a catch to it. The titles offered for free aren’t available forever. At some point Sony updates the collection and a game may be removed to make room for a new addition. Don’t worry, Sony has an area that has the games that will be removed from from the library in the near future so you can download them before their gone. Sort of like a get them before they’re discontinued bin.
The free games on your console are only playable as long as your membership is active. So when your PS+ subscription is up and you try to play the game, it will alert you to the fact that it can’t be played until you update your subscription. To me these are minor issues.
More Than Just Free Games
There’s a lot more to PS+ than what I have elaborated on. Cloud storage, automatic updates, early access to betas, discounted games and add-ons come to mind, but I chose instead to chat about the biggest reason to join PS+. Free Games. Now thats real value to a real gamer.