More In-Depth PlayStation Plus Info


Over at the Official Blog, Susan Panico, Sr. Director of the PlayStation Network has gone into a little more detail as to what the features for PS+ are. To begin, most of us are already aware that a 3 month subscription is $18 and a 1 year subscription is $50. For a limited time, you get 3 free months with the 1 year subscription as well (15 months in other words). You can pay for the service the same way you pay for anything in the store, through PSN cards and credit/debit cards.

During a given month, you can download free Minis, PSOne and PSN games. The titles available will change each month and replace the previous month’s. Once you download a PSN title, it’s yours as long as you are a subscriber. If your subscription lapses, you won’t be able to access them again, but you can get a new subscription and the titles you had previously will become playable again. If you delete the title, you can also re-download it, too (as long as you downloaded it before, and the title doesn’t show in the PS+ part of the store because it’s a new month, you can find it in the regular store and still get it for free).

Dynamic themes, avatars, premium game elements (that’s new), etc. will be able to be kept forever, even after your subscription. Some of these items will only be available to PS+ members. You also get steeper discounts than regular sales, and these discounts range from 20%-50% off. Discounted purchases are yours to keep.

Check after the bump for a few more details on the full game trials and automatic updates (as well as a few other bits of information)

Full game trials are only for select titles (the first month will be InFAMOUS). These trials will usually last an hour (it says “unless otherwise stated” so some could, theoretically, last longer). If you decide to purchase the game, you won’t need to re-download it. Just purchase the key, and continue where you left off (and trophies and the like will be unlocked as well, even ones you may have unlocked during the trial period).

As for Automatic Updates, while your PS3 is in stand-by mode, it will automatically patch the games you have played, it will download demos and betas, and download firmware updates, day or night and whenever they become available (automatic downloads will not go into effect while you are playing, though). As far as firmware updates go, you will still need to install them yourself.

As far as other stuff?

  • They’re still looking at Cross Game Chat (I still don’t know why you’d want to talk to people who are playing a different game than you), but not necessarily as a PS+ feature
  • The master account is the only account that can purchase PS+, but all games and features will be available to the sub accounts as well
  • The free minis and PSOne games will be playable on the PSP still
  • Sony plans on expanding PS+ during its lifetime, adding new services and features as time goes by
  • Qore is also free to PS+ subscribers

Given the more in-depth understanding and explanation of the service, who is going to hop on board and subscribe to PS+? Personally, it really seems to pay for itself multiple times over in a year. Yeah, you won’t be able to continue playing PSN titles you got for free, but that’s a part of the service; a service that made them available to you in the first place. If they allowed you to keep those games after your subscription ends (or you canceled it), you’re ripping them off. You didn’t buy the games, after all.


Written by: Jay - Community Manager / Editor-In-Chief


  1. #1 by Emrah on June 24th, 2010 [ 7319 Points ]

    “You need to be the master account holder on the PS3 and be over 18 to purchase PlayStation Plus, but other accounts on that PS3 will be able to play the games you download for as long as you are a subscriber.”

    Awesome.. This secures the deal for me..

  2. #2 by Emrah on June 24th, 2010 [ 7319 Points ]

    It also doesn’t necessarily say sub-accounts.. Tho “hesido” is a sub-account of my wife’s account, back when they allowed sub-accounts to be opened for people over 18. I dunno why I did that..

  3. #3 by Jay on June 24th, 2010 [ 83111 Points ]

    eh, I call any account besides the main account a sub-account lol

  4. #4 by Eddie on June 24th, 2010 [ 44542 Points ]

    They added Qore too? Hell….that might have tipped the scales for me….

  5. #5 by Eddie on June 24th, 2010 [ 44542 Points ]

    so…

    -You rent 12 PSN games,24 minis , and 12 PS1 classics *for a year subscription*
    -Premium avatars and dynamic themes each month * You keep these*
    -Full Game Trials *including full PS3 games*-
    -Automatic Downloads*Push demos, DLC ,etc*
    -Discounts on PS store content *you keep whatever you buy of course*
    -Free DLC
    -Qore
    -3 months free if you sign up early (so 15 month subscription)

    yea sold…

  6. #6 by Demerson on June 24th, 2010 [ 2814 Points ]

    Sold[2]. You guys can use the PSN Cards I’m giving away!

  7. #7 by Tosh on June 24th, 2010 [ 1102 Points ]

    Eddie: so…-You rent 12 PSN games,24 minis , and 12 PS1 classics *for a year subscription*
    -Premium avatars and dynamic themes each month * You keep these*
    -Full Game Trials *including full PS3 games*-
    -Automatic Downloads*Push demos, DLC ,etc*
    -Discounts on PS store content *you keep whatever you buy of course*
    -Free DLC
    -Qore
    -3 months free if you sign up early (so 15 month subscription)yea sold…  

    Great points Eddie. You just sold me! lol Great value there. So you can buy it the end of this month correct?

  8. #8 by Emrah on June 24th, 2010 [ 7319 Points ]

    The thing is, since I’m faking where I live, should I buy the UK subscription, or the US subscription.. (If I didn’t lie about it, I wouldn’t be able to even download a DEMO, shame on you Sony..)

  9. #9 by Eddie on June 24th, 2010 [ 44542 Points ]

    bullet points always sell…and I believe June 29th is the day.

  10. #10 by Jay on June 24th, 2010 [ 83111 Points ]

    Eddie: -You rent 12 PSN games,24 minis , and 12 PS1 classics *for a year subscription*

    if you keep the subscription, you still get to keep those titles, too

  11. #11 by Eddie on June 24th, 2010 [ 44542 Points ]

    keep them as long as long as you are a subscriber…not forever.

  12. #12 by Jay on June 24th, 2010 [ 83111 Points ]

    that’s what I mean, so if you renew your subscription, the games from the previous year will still be playable.

    If you cancel your subscription or let it run out, they won’t be playable again, unless you get a new subscription. So if you fall on hard times and don’t have the money at the moment, you can re-subscribe at a later date and will be able to play the games you got for free again

  13. #13 by Sinlock on June 24th, 2010 [ 7625 Points ]

    We’ll see if theres any money. Going to be droping $2K on vacation next month.

  14. #14 by Ace on June 24th, 2010 [ 23465 Points ]

    And I believe PSN+ starts Saturday for the U.S.

  15. #15 by Jay on June 24th, 2010 [ 83111 Points ]

    you also believed that XGC would be included too :P

    It’s supposed to have a worldwide launch on the 29th, all regions

  16. #16 by Ace on June 24th, 2010 [ 23465 Points ]

    Hey HEY HEY Thats what joystiq said point the finger at them.

  17. #17 by Jay on June 24th, 2010 [ 83111 Points ]

    lol, well, don’t be so quick to jump on the boat next time haha :P I kid

  18. #18 by Eric on June 24th, 2010

    You don’t get to keep the four games even if your subscription runs out? Sounds like a form of DRM to me. Not interested, I’m fine with what I get for free.

  19. #19 by Demerson on June 24th, 2010 [ 2814 Points ]

    Emrah: The thing is, since I’m faking where I live, should I buy the UK subscription, or the US subscription.. (If I didn’t lie about it, I wouldn’t be able to even download a DEMO, shame on you Sony..)

    ^

    S(h)ame here, Brazilian PSN is still ‘coming soon…’ since a couple of years ago…

  20. #20 by Emrah on June 25th, 2010 [ 7319 Points ]

    Eric: Compare psn plus to xbox live, then you’ll see how good value it is. It is a subscription service, not I’m-mad-I-am-giving-you-100usd-dollars-of-software-for-50-and-you-can-keep-it sort of deal.

    I don’t understand why people don’t understand this. To each his own, I guess..

  21. #21 by Jay on June 25th, 2010 [ 83111 Points ]

    The only way I can explain it is that you’re paying for the service, not the games. You cancel your service, you lose the games, since the games being free was a direct result of having the service available to you.

    At least the bigger discount purchases will still be yours, as you actually purchased those.

  22. #22 by uberamza on June 27th, 2010 [ 915 Points ]

    I absolutely love it. I’m going to get it for sure especially since Sony has allowed us all to play games online for free all these years, I don’t think 50 bucks is to much to ask for this service. I support Sony fully.

  23. #23 by uberamza on June 28th, 2010 [ 915 Points ]

    I was reading the blog at playstation.com and this one guy keeps going on and on about XGC and I really can’t figure out for the life of me what the big Fing deal is!? I mean I guess it could be kinda of cool if….. no, you know what, it makes no sense to me why you would want to chat with someone that isn’t even playing the same game. What is the point of that!? Can someone explain this to me?
    It really reminds me of the feature that all the original X Box fan boys kept raving about where you could listen to your own music while playing a game. I could never figure that one out either. I would never want to listen to my own music while playing a game cause it would kill the emersion for me. So I was happy that Sony never wasted their time with that feature.
    I just can’t believe this guy. Your not going to get Playstation Plus because it doesn’t have XGC are you serious!? Give me a break. I think XGC is a total waste of bandwidth. If someone could explain this one to me, I will gladly listen.


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