Archive for June, 2010
Hulu Plus is a paid $10/month subscription service that provides unlimited buffet style viewing (like Netflix) of movies and TV shows. This is more than the free Hulu website. It includes more content, and also full length versions of what exist as limited clips on the Hulu free site.
This is coming to PS3 in July and is also coming to premium HDTVs, blu-ray players, Apple’s iOS devices, and the Xbox 360 is scheduled to get this in early 2011.
Netflix Instant service is great, but they definitely need some competition in that buffet style all-you-can-watch monthly subscription model.
Alright, so last night, Sony simultaneously released System Software 3.40, as well as the PlayStation Plus service. Some people have jumped on board, some are on the fence about it, and others don’t plan on getting it. Well, I was one of the first. Using the $20 gift card I won, and a credit card, I purchased PlayStation Plus, 15 months for $30 ($50 if you didn’t win one). With a price tag like that, many question whether the value outweighs the price, etc, etc. This is going to vary from person to person, but here’s my take on it.
< When I first heard of PlayStation Plus, I thought, "Oh, they are renaming/rebranding Qore. Who cares...". What really surprises me, is how many people are offended by this and have somehow interpreted this to mean that PSN is now a tiered service, is not completely free, and who knows what kinds of terrible roads this will lead us down in the future, etc, etc...
Let's break this down for a second.
For the past two years, the "Qore" service...
- Required a yearly subscription
- Provided free games
- Provided lots of early access to demos and betas
- Included the Qore e-zine
- Is completely optional and not-required for all other regular PSN use.
OK, that’s basically the same exact description of the new PlayStation Plus service. I wonder if they will convert Qore subscriptions over or not? The only difference is that they are making vague hints about expanding the service in the future and they also plan to have more free games that you can only access with an active subscription.
So bottom line, nothing is changing so far except the name and branding of the Qore service. Other things may change down the line, and they are kind of hinting at that, but as of now, this is non-news.
If you’re looking for a fun local co-op game to play with friends, and you’re already tired of Joe Danger (no, you’re not!), EA and Hothead Games are bringing the most awaited and funniest game of all PSN, DeathSpank (a lot of exclamation marks).
If you are one of the 4400 and did not know what I am talking about, one name: Ron Gilbert! No? This dude is the ONE behind The Secret of Monkey Island series! You know, those games with LeChuck and Guy FreeWould, Threepbrush, Threepshrub, whatever… He directed this new piece of hack’n'slash action-RPG, kinda like Diablo meets Monkey Island, where you must find an ancient artifact named… Artifact!
So, start saving now! You’ll have until July 13th to get $14,99 (I hope PS+ users get a discount), and make sure to invite me to play at your house. I’ll bring a spare controller :)! Oh, and cookies! Nah, I’ll bring the beer!
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