Playstation Plus: Is It Worth It?

Playstation Plus

At E3 this year, Sony announced the launch of their new Playstation Plus subscription service, which promises to add early access to betas, extra content and reduced pricing for existing Playstation network content.

With the emphasis that existing services would remain as they have always been, including free multiplayer. However, the free items included with the subscription would expire if you cancel your subscription.

Items purchased at the reduced rate would still remain available if you choose to cancel. 

Another option included with the service is automatic content delivery. This feature checks at a user specified time and downloads updates to your games and Playstation Network content, then turns the PS3 off when it has completed. This is quite handy if your time is limited and you don't want to wait to download an update/patch.

There is also the ability to download 60 minute timed demos. These are full versions of games and each allows you to play as far as you can for a total of 60 minutes. You can then decide if you want to purchase the full game, and if you do, you can pick up right where you left off, including any trophies that you have unlocked during the trial.

This is very nice considering many games lately seem to start off slow, and basing a purchase off of a single level demo really can be a hard sell.

I honestly expected the content offered would be once a month and fairly limited.

I am happy to admit that I was wrong.

As of today 7/13/2010 the content has been updated each week, and each week I have been pleasantly surprised.

Current Playstation Plus Offerings and Savings

Qore – 2.99 with Playstation Plus – free
Fieldrunners – 6.99 with Playstation Plus – free
Super Stardust HD – 9.99 with Playstation Plus – 5.00 Super Stardust HD – team pack 4.99 with Playstation Plus – 2.50 Super Stardust HD solo pack – 4.99 with Playstation Plus – 2.50

Mag avatar Raven – .49 with Playstation Plus -free
Mag avatar S.V.E.R. – .49 with Playstation Plus – free
Mag avatar Valor – .49 with Playstation Plus – free
King Zumo theme – 1.49 with Playstation Plus – free
Collision theme plus exclusive – free
Age of Zombies – 4.99 with Playstation Plus – free
Ps1 Rally Cross – 5.99 with Playstation Plus – free
Infamous 60 min trial
Fat Princess fat roles add-on – 4.99 with Playstation Plus – 3.99
Fat Princess blue and pink avatars – free
Gauntlet II 4.99 with Playstation Plus – 2.50
Mortal Kombat II – 4.99 with Playstation Plus – 2.50
Rampage – 4.99 with Playstation Plus – 2.50
Rampart – 4.99 with Playstation Plus – 2.50
Cuboid – 9.99 with Playstation Plus – 7.99
Cuboid Booster pack – 2.99 with Playstation Plus – free
Cuboid Bundle pack – 4.99 with Playstation Plus – free
Cuboid Level editor – 3.99 with Playstation Plus – free
Hamsterball – 4.99 with Playstation Plus – 3.99
Interpol: The Trail of Dr Chaos – 9.99 with Playstation Plus – 7.99
Magic Orbz – 9.99 with Playstation Plus – 7.99
Magic Orbz Booster pack – 2.99 with Playstation Plus – free
Magic Orbz Jungle pack – 2.99 with Playstation Plus – free
Magic Orbz Winter pack – 2.99 with Playstation Plus – free
Mahjong Tales: Ancient wisdom – 9.99 with Playstation Plus – 7.99
Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom booster pack – 4.99 with Playstation Plus – free
Smash Cars – 14.99 with Playstation Plus – 11.99
Smash Cars: Virus Run – 2.99 with Playstation Plus – free
Wakeboarding HD – 14.99 with Playstation Plus – 11.99
Wipeout HD – 19.99 with Playstation Plus – free
Gravity Crash – 9.99 with Playstation Plus – 5.00
Resistance 2 aftermath add-on – 5.99 with Playstation Plus – 3.00
Mag Raven Dynamic Theme – 2.99 with Playstation Plus – free
Mag S.V.E.R Dynamic Theme – 2.99 with Playstation Plus – free
Mag Valor Dynamic Theme – 2.99 with Playstation Plus – free
Little Big Planet Sackboy Avatar – .49 with Playstation Plus – free

As you can see, there is a benefit to being a member and each week the list grows.

I definitely would recommend checking the service out, especially if you own a game that has many add-ons like Cuboid.

Total savings possible as of this week – $126.20

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