Sony E3 2012 – New Playstation Plus Details, Playstation Mobile Goes HTC
Sony’s PlayStation Plus subscription based membership has been met in its first year with a resounding ‘meh’. Sadly there has been no real incentive for the average-Joe gamer to fork over his cash but Sony have made major improvements as Jack Tretton announced yesterday.
Around half way through Sony’s showing they focused much more on the online side of PlayStation with news of an improved Playstation Plus but also the re-branding of PlayStation Suite into PlayStation Mobile along with the partnership with HTC. However, the major news came regarding PS Plus’ new look. Tretton announced that members will be receiving over 12 fully fledged recent releases for completely free, including hits such as InFamous 2 and Saints Row 2. Sony hope that these fruitful treats from PS Plus will tempt gamers over to their paid service.
Tretton also promised a new plethora of features but did not go into much detail, obviously holding out for the later months. To help kick-start this ‘relaunch’, Sony gave every conference attendee a free years subscription which could be activated that very day. By focusing on their premium service, Sony hopes to finally match or even take over Xbox Lives superior service.
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From Wednesday 6th June European PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to download and play 10 games up front as part of the new PlayStation Plus offering. 45 games will be rotated within Playstation Plus before June 2013
- Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown**
- Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
- Chime Super Deluxe
- Renegade Ops
- Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD.
- inFamous 2 *
- Motorstorm Apocalypse *
- LittleBigPlanet 2 *
* The last three are available for 52 weeks whilst the rest will be rotated in pairs every 12 weeks.
** One will be rotated every month, known as Game of the Month with June being Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown due to hit tomorrow.
Playstation Plus Presents is a additional aspect of Playstation Plus, which offers an indie game for free. “We’ll be searching for the very best independently developed titles for PlayStation 3 right now and in the future – those games that really stand out we’ll hand pick for our Plus subscribers,” Sony’s Ross McGrath said.
“Each PlayStation Plus Presents game will be available to download in Plus at no extra cost for eight weeks from the moment it launches on the Store, meaning that as well as blockbuster titles, as a Plus subscriber you’ll be able to play the very best of indie to”
The costs stay the same with a year membership still £39.99 and a quarterly membership (90 days) staying at £11.99
What do you think of the new changes?