Sony is creating amazing value for PlayStation gamers
- Posted August 26th, 2012 at 16:35 EDT by PSU Staff
- 10 Comments
As the inevitable arrival of next generation game consoles draws ever nearer, Sony is positioning the PS3 to offer greater value than ever to customers via a number of cool initiatives. Here are some of the ways that Sony is giving you more bang for your buck.
PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection - At its E3 2012 presser, Sony revealed that PS Plus subscribers would have access to an ongoing rotation of games to download. Some of the titles already offered in the EU store's line up include inFamous 2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Dead Space 2, LittleBigPlanet 2, Borderlands, and Motorstorm Apocalypse - among other PSN titles like Tomb Raider: Guardian of Light. At gamescom 2012, the PS Plus love continued. Sony announced that Rockstar's critically-acclaimed Red Dead Redemption would be joining the ranks of blockbuster titles on offer for free. All of this digital love comes alongside discounts offered on various other titles and DLC. What better way to start off your game library if you're new to the system, or to augment it if you're already onboard?
The Collection selection - A couple weeks back, Sony announced that it would introduce the Collections line on August 28. These ultimate game packages will offer multiple installments of PS3's best IPs, all on one disc. The first batch of this new range includes inFamous, God of War, and Ratchet & Clank. God of War Saga includes the entire 5-game series, while the inFamous Collection includes the first and second game alongside horror-themed DLC Festival of Blood. This new line of games is just getting started, so we can expect to see more of Sony's most popular franchises bundled on a Blu-Ray and making their way to store shelves in the future. The Collections range will start at €29.99.
Cross-Buy for Vita - The Cross-Buy initiative will offer gamers who purchase participating PS3 games the PS Vita version free of charge. The first games to be given the Cross-Buy treatment include Ratchet & Clank: QForce (Full Frontal Assault in North America), PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. Gamers with both platforms will be able to take their game on-the-go via cloud save syncing, marking unprecedented freedom for one retail price. EA has even said that it is contemplating Cross-Buy for Need for Speed: Most Wanted. If the program begins applying to third-party games, PlayStation gamers are indeed for a treat.
The Essentials range - Another reveal from gamescom, the Essentials range was announced for the EU and will offer some of PS3's most popular games for only €19.99. The first titles under this line include Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, inFamous, and LittleBigPlanet. Sony has a massive catalog of titles which are prime candidates for the Essentials range, which should continue to bring the biggest titles at bargain prices for the foreseeable future.
With leaked images of a new PS3 SKU and a rumored price cut floating around, it looks like Sony could be setting up the PS3 to be an extremely affordable console positively brimming with value. These initiatives and more should bring in plenty of new loyal consumers as Sony moves closer to the next generation of PlayStation. There has never been a better time to be a PlayStation gamer - sound off in the comments if you agree!
- 4:41pm EDT - August 26th, 2012
PSN+ is worthless, well in the EU is.
Cross-buy i had that idea in mind before they anounced it, but my idea was not heard out "there".
- 5:19pm EDT - August 26th, 2012
how is PSN worthless? For me, the resub was paid for the month prior.
- 1:47am EDT - August 27th, 2012
Absolutely incredible! Sony has really hit the spot with us here. I have God of War 1&2 already in that collection but having the spin-off's AND the third one all on one disc? No brainer buy for me! Kaz Hirai is doing an excellent job in my opinion, keep it up Kaz!!!
- 6:13am EDT - August 27th, 2012
@GoldenPlayer - I wouldn't say PS+ is worthless. In fact, I think it's amazing value... but it's very dependent on your buying habits. I think its best value is for new PS3 owners.
For me, there's no value in PS+ because I'm not interested in PSone games, minis, or themes; the full games would be fantastic, but the ones that I want to play, I've already bought/played/completed, and it's very rare that I go back to a game after completing it - the only exceptions are the Uncharted series and Just Cause 2.
The games PS+ offers that I haven't played don't tempt me, because I'm not interested in them even at discounted prices or for free.
If PS+ guaranteed discounts of 5-25% on all games on the store, rather than just those Sony selected, then I'd be interested. Or even if there were a tiered/pick-n-mix system where you could just pay for features you'd like (such as the cloud saves). But until then, for me personally it would just be £40 wasted which I could spend on a game that I actually want.
- 10:32am EDT - August 27th, 2012
i love playstation plus most users who say they dont like or use it is because.
1. they cannot afford it
2. they have jailbreaked there console and would rather steal from sony then pay
- 11:52am EDT - August 27th, 2012
lol @ johnodd4.
I can afford PS+. My PS3 isn't "jailbreaked". There's just nothing enticing enough to get me to spend. The puny 150MB of cloud save space was the only compelling feature, but that's just not enough. I'm looking forward to reevaluating my stance on PS+ after the 1GB cloud save space rollout.
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- 12:12pm EDT - August 27th, 2012
What,s wrong with PS+ in europe?
I think it,s amazing!! my best spend €50,- ever.
For me there are a lot of titles that i never played, simply because i don't have the time to play 24h a day.
So this is perfect for me to play those games when i have some time. And with great titles as just cause 2, Deus ex, LBP 2, en more to come i think Sony is doing great with PS+
- 1:31pm EDT - August 27th, 2012
I thought PS+ was terrible value to begin with, just the games nobody wants to buy being given for free to those silly enough to subscribe.
But NOW... it's brilliant value for money. FULL PS3 titles, good ones, and all the little extras definitely make it worth it. I haven't subscribed myself, as I already own most of the latest batch of free games, but it's definitely worth it if you're looking for some new titles to get into.
- 9:41am EDT - September 19th, 2012
Spot on comment, as im in the same boat, for i too would just like the cloud storage and auto update thingy.
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