wrapped up earlier this month and lots of new hardware, games and
other new services were announced at the show from major game
developers. Sony was one of the major electronics companies that
unveiled many new items at the show.One of the more confusing
items Sony debuted during its E3
keynote was PlayStation Plus. The confusing aspect was what
exactly came with the purchase of the service. Sony Sr. Director of
the PlayStation Network Susan Panico has posted to the official
PlayStation Blog to clarify what the new service includes
ahead of its official launch on June 29.Some of the key
offerings that PlayStation Plus provides are full access to the
PlayStation Network game WipEout HD; PSP minis; PS One classics like
Fieldrunners, Age of Zombies, Rally Cross; and a game trial of
Infamous. The service will also provide a free monthly episode of
Qore.Panico points out that the current PlayStation Network
will remain a free service. PlayStation Plus subscribers will get the
existing PSN features plus PlayStation Plus features with exclusive
games, store discounts, exclusive demo selections, betas, and early
purchases. Buyers will also get full game trials and automatic
full-game trials will last only one hour unless otherwise stated. If
players get through several levels of a trial game in that hour and
decides to buy, the purchased game picks up where the player left off
in the trial.
of the cooler features, and one that all PS3 owners should get, is
Automatic Downloads. This feature lets the player set their PS3 to
wake up at any time of the day or night to download updates
automatically. The actual installation of updates has to be done
manually though. PlayStation Plus-specific games will be
downloadable for the entire month and new games will replace them.
Once the user downloads the free games, they are available to players
as long as they remain PlayStation Plus members. The discounts in the
PlayStation store will range from 20% to 50% and users will be able
to keep their purchases made with discounts even if they don’t
renew a membership.
pricing is $49.99 for a year and $17.99 for three months of service.
Sony will also give buyers of the year package an extra three months
for 15 months total.