The $50/Year Subscription That Is Definitely Worth It
Posted 12-14-2010 at 08:15 PM by TnAdct1
When Sony launched its premium package service for the PSN, people were skeptical about it. Why not? After all, Sony already allows online gaming for free (unlike Microsoft). Hence, people will likely not want to pay $50/year for some extras. Well, being someone who tried it out since day one (when Sony was offering 3 additional months for a one-year subscription), I can definitely say that it's worth checking out if you have the money (with Tuesday becoming a big download day in some weeks).
Among the reasons:
-The "free items" incentive not only will allow you to have a big library when it comes to games (PS3, PS1, and PS Minis), themes, and avatars, but is also money saving. A big example of this is happening right now, with Sam and Max Season 3 being this month's free PS3 games (these games are free for four weeks, with Sony taking the current free game off and putting in a new one in its place).
-Being a member enables some price cuts when it comes to some items being sold on the Playstation Store. One example of this: PS+ members can get the import PS1 games being sold at the store for half price.
-The ability to check out betas. Most of the betas that Sony is providing for PS+ members is of the online multiplayer variety, with titles including DC Online and Killzone 3. Heck, it was through the PS+ member beta that resulted in me showing interest in purchasing Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood after realizing how unique that game's multiplayer mode is. However, PS+ members can also test out some upcoming programs that Sony's planning to release (for instance, the Playstation Rewards progam, which will have a public release next spring).
-Automatic downloading/updating. One feature that I wish my computers had. Basically, PS+ members can set it up so that way the system can power up on its own in the middle of the night and check for downloads. This is worth it in that not only the system will download and update the system and some games while you sleep (as well as additionally download items that may interst you), but also if you download stuff in the background, when you sleep, the system will finish the download and automatically install it for you (rather than needing to install it manually if you download it in the background and leave it on).
Final word: if you have $50 to burn, you may want to check out the Playstation Plus program. It's definitely worth it.