It is now two years since the PlayStation Plus service first kicked off for PS3 owners. The service’s initial reception was a bit hit and miss with some users jumping at the opportunity for ‘free’ stuff, while others were a bit more skeptical at the idea of having to pay a fee to get said ‘free’ stuff.
For those who do not know, the Playstation Plus service gives you the opportunity to pay a subscription fee for up to one year. During that year, on a monthly basis, you will be offered a bunch of discounts, exclusive offers and freebies. These discounts are often up to 50% off for DLC, games and more, while the exclusive offers give you the chance to purchase games and demos before ordinary PSN users. The freebies, up until now included mini games, and smaller PSN games as well as themes, avatars and other little things to make your PS3 look pretty.
The service recently underwent a huge bump up in class as Sony announced the ‘instant game collection’ which from June 2012 gave PS+ members the opportunity to download full games completely free of charge (assuming you have paid the sub fee). There are numerous games including Darksiders, Stranger’s Wrath, Motorstorm Apocalypse, LittleBigPlanet 2, Infamous 2 and a whole host of other games.
The inclusion of full games is most welcome and means that for just around R500 a year those who already subscribe have over a R1000 worth of games just from last month, with more games being announced on a monthly basis, the latest of which is Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
The service doesn’t just offer free stuff, but also adds some capabilities to your machine such as cloud saving and also the ability to set your machine to automatically switch on in the early hours of the morning and download the latest updates for any of your games.
So on the two year anniversary of the PSN, the question is really whether you have bought into it as yet? If you have, what are your thoughts on it and are you a satisfied customer? If you haven’t yet invested in the service, what are you waiting for before you do?