PlayStation Plus Subscriptions Actually Catching On

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PlayStation Plus Subscriptions Actually Catching On

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Sony's enhanced, subscription-based PlayStation Network plan is reportedly a successful venture.

The PlayStation Network has been a free service since launch, with users able to play online for no cost and pick and choose the content they wanted to pay for. With the launch of PlayStation Plus on June 29, 2010, Sony offered a host of enhanced services exculsively to subscribers, for a cost. According to analyst firm Forecasting & Analyzing Digital Entertainment (FADE), the service is catching on, adding to the PSN's revenue stream.

FADE estimates that the PSN earned $49.4 million in revenue during the second half of 2010, showing around 40% growth over the same period in 2009. Xbox Live Arcade brings in more revenue than the PSN, but is growing at a slower pace with just an 18% increase. The top selling PSN titles of June-December 2010 were Scott Pilgrim with 190,000 copies sold, and Castle Crashers with 143,000 sold.

Based on the download numbers of free titles offered only to PlayStation Plus subscribers, FADE believes that 100,000+ PlayStation 3 owners have taken the Plus plunge. Plus subscribers either pay $50 per year or $18 for three months, so the service could be bringing in millions in revenue in its infancy.

Plus continues to improve its offerings, recently allowing users to play Double Fine's latest downloadable title, Stacking, for free at launch. The idea of paying to receive discounts, demos you can wait a week for, and "free" games you only own until you stop paying still feels a little off to me personally, but with offerings like Stacking it does become more appealing. Maybe Sony will take some more of the edge off as it evolves PlayStation Plus in 2011.

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There has been a few times where I've seen a game for $5 or $10 and then see that its offered to PSN plus members for cheaper or free. I wouldn't mind investing in it either, but I don't have a job so I'm out of luck :P

Regardless it seems Sony is making a profit which is always a good thing

Well my PS3 seems to be constantly knackered so I'm a bit wary about shelling out for a subscription.

If I used my PS3 more often I may actually get it. I don't think it's a rip off, but it's more for the dedicated PS3 gamer.

Tom Goldman:

FADE estimates that the PSN earned $49.4 million in revenue during the second half of 2010, showing around 40% growth over the same period in 2009.

Not meaning to sound cynical/pessimistic but that could quite easily be explained by the recession in 2009.

Legion:

Tom Goldman:

FADE estimates that the PSN earned $49.4 million in revenue during the second half of 2010, showing around 40% growth over the same period in 2009.

Not meaning to sound cynical/pessimistic but that could quite easily be explained by the recession in 2009.

40%? I think that's a little excessive for purely a difference in financial climate. 10% perhaps, but I think 40 indicates at least some growth.

On topic, I have Playstation Plus and I like it, I pay a negligible amount of money every year to get loads of great Ps1 games and DLC that would cost me a lot more, if I bought them individually.

thenumberthirteen:
Well my PS3 seems to be constantly knackered so I'm a bit wary about shelling out for a subscription.

If I used my PS3 more often I may actually get it. I don't think it's a rip off, but it's more for the dedicated PS3 gamer.

The same holds true for me, especially lately. I love my PS3, and I heavily support Sony and the Playstation Plus, but right now it's just not worth the investment since I haven't been playing it that much. My little brother, being a hardcore COD fan and regular user of his PS3, jumped on the Plus bandwagon almost immediately.

Plus seems to be a step in the right direction for Sony. As with any kind of revenue, making everything free just won't pay the bills at the end of the day, and I don't mind shelling out a reasonable fee to get some exclusives on the store.

Suddenly, this comes to mind.

My only real problem with Playstation Plus is that for what you're getting, it doesn't seem worthwhile. So far the only pros are the discounts and free access to betas and demos, but I'm not that impatient that I can't wait 1-2 weeks for a freakin' demo. The cloud saves seems like a nice feature, but flash cards are still cheaper than a subscription.

Hell I'm not even sure if it gives you access to better online servers, or some kind of better online service. Can any Playstation Plus members confirm or deny this is even the case? I'd probably consider an account if I can play SSFIV or whatever without so much inherent lag.

thenumberthirteen:
Well my PS3 seems to be constantly knackered so I'm a bit wary about shelling out for a subscription.

If I used my PS3 more often I may actually get it. I don't think it's a rip off, but it's more for the dedicated PS3 gamer.

With Plus (I'm not sure about regular membership) they do sell continuations of your warranty. Just an FYI.

OT: As a PS Plus subscriber I both love and hate Plus. While the game selection of "free" stuff is kinda nice, it's also kinda lacking. Don't get me wrong, getting Spyro 1 & 2 for free along with Crash Team Racing was nice, but the minis and regular games seem to be just thrown on there because they aren't very good... Minus all 5 episodes of Sam & Max :D

Of course Plus is making them money. It's a scam, that's what it always has been and what it always will be. You put in your $50, and then you feel like "Oh crap, now I have to buy some of this discounted stuff to make sure I get my money's worth" and now you've bought a bunch of stuff you wouldn't have bought in the first place and spent even more money. Yeah sure, you got some games and avatars for less, but how much of that would you have bought if you hadn't already shelled out the $50 and felt like you needed to buy stuff to make it worthwhile?

And then of course there is the "free" game nonsense that isn't really free at all: you get locked out it you stop throwing your $50 down the toilet- sorry, I mean at Sony- which is a huge ripoff. Also add in the "feature" that allows your PS3 to randomly turn itself on and download firmware updates which isn't so much a feature as it is another scam for Sony to get more of your money (your PS3 turns on during a thunderstorm when you're away from home and begins installing a firmware update. the storm knocks out the power during that installation. your PS3 is now bricked, and you owe Sony $150 to get it fixed because your warranty expired. best feature ever amirite? and yes, I have heard multiple stories of that happening to people last summer when Plus first came out).

And to top it off, pretty much all the PS+ offerings have been rubbish games, or games that have been out for so long that anyone who had any real interest in them has already purchased them.

Bottom line: I will never, ever give Sony any money for a PS "Plus" subscription.

Those discounts seem like they would only be good for people who buy a lot of them. Week-early demos also a poor incentive.
I didn't get this premium account deal. Just not worth my dollar - I don't use it that often.

So now I can laugh at PS3 owners who claim their online multiplayer is better than Xblive, AND free?!
Awesome!

I know a few people who use it they basically see it as renting games. Download the free game play it until you beat it and have had your way with it and then you feel no remorse removing it from the HD to grab the next game that is offered for free. Kind of like if you were to subscribe to Gamefly or something along those lines. I think it is worth it and if I was not so busy right now I would probably have signed up already. Most of them have backlogs of what they have downloaded and have not finished yet.

Torrasque:
So now I can laugh at PS3 owners who claim their online multiplayer is better than Xblive, AND free?!
Awesome!

Except this is optional. :) Although I would have to say even being a fan of ps3 and spending very little time on Xbox XBLive does seem to have a slicker online system in it. In that XBLive seems to be pretty similar between all games on the platform and PS3 is kind of hit or miss with online since it seems each company gets to make the online interface it wants to some have triumphed others have failed horribly. But that is just my view on it your mileage may vary.

It was only a matter of time, I'm assuming that eventually Playstation Plus isn't going to be an option, it will be the norm.
I wonder when they're going to start calling $ony like that, not just Micro$oft.

I got it to get into Betas. It was cool playing the DC Universe beta. It also keeps me in line. i get bored and start downloading games, but now they automatically download to my PS3, so i only buy games i want, instead of buying games just because im bored, lol

speaking as a very casual ps3 gamer, playstation plus is totally worth it for me. it includes nhl gamecentre(ten dollar value) for free which I have a subscription to, I got twisted metal 2 for 2 bucks(oh the memories!), their more popular game titles are at a discount if you're a member plus certain exclusives which were awesome(DCUO beta comes to mind). they actually add value to their plus members but until my ps3 stops crashing on a regular basis, I'm still going to play most of my big games on the box(this is not a knock on sony, just my frustrating console). all in all it's good value for money!

Torrasque:
So now I can laugh at PS3 owners who claim their online multiplayer is better than Xblive, AND free?!
Awesome!

Yeah, just like PC Gamers have been laughing at Live users =)

Awesome!

Tom Goldman:
The idea of paying to receive discounts, demos you can wait a week for, and "free" games you only own until you stop paying still feels a little off to me personally, but with offerings like Stacking it does become more appealing. Maybe Sony will take some more of the edge off as it evolves PlayStation Plus in 2011.

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The "free" games you get you are allowed to keep until your subscription expires, so if you're still playing Stacking after a whole year then you might as well pony up some dough already.

Currently I have PS+, and it's an interesting service so far. The free games are a good bonus, but there hasn't been anything that you must get. Early access to betas are few and far between, and sometimes limited even further within the PS+ subscribers (Killzone 3 early beta comes to mind, only 5,000 players could go in. Why not let every PS+ member join?). I got the year long subscription with the additional 3 months, so I'd say with what you get, it's a pretty solid deal.

mjc0961:
Of course Plus is making them money. It's a scam, that's what it always has been and what it always will be. You put in your $50, and then you feel like "Oh crap, now I have to buy some of this discounted stuff to make sure I get my money's worth" and now you've bought a bunch of stuff you wouldn't have bought in the first place and spent even more money. Yeah sure, you got some games and avatars for less, but how much of that would you have bought if you hadn't already shelled out the $50 and felt like you needed to buy stuff to make it worthwhile?

I have yet to buy anything at a discount with PS+, except for "Undead Nightmare", and I didn't really feel like I "had" to buy anything. Maybe some people do, and if that's the case maybe they've found something they'd enjoy that they might have otherwise ignored. Not for everybody, but still.

And then of course there is the "free" game nonsense that isn't really free at all: you get locked out it you stop throwing your $50 down the toilet- sorry, I mean at Sony- which is a huge ripoff.

As I've said before, if you got a, let's say, $15 game that you got for "free", and you're still playing it after an entire year, you might as well give up the cash to buy the game if you love it that much.

Also add in the "feature" that allows your PS3 to randomly turn itself on and download firmware updates which isn't so much a feature as it is another scam for Sony to get more of your money (your PS3 turns on during a thunderstorm when you're away from home and begins installing a firmware update. the storm knocks out the power during that installation. your PS3 is now bricked, and you owe Sony $150 to get it fixed because your warranty expired. best feature ever amirite? and yes, I have heard multiple stories of that happening to people last summer when Plus first came out).

It ain't random, you set a time for it. It's probably not the most ideal system, as the few unlucky cases point out, though links to said stories would be appreciated.

And to top it off, pretty much all the PS+ offerings have been rubbish games, or games that have been out for so long that anyone who had any real interest in them has already purchased them.

Eh, maybe. There are plenty of small "Mini" games, and classic PS1 games, that I would have otherwise overlooked if PS+ didn't set them up for free. I figure "Hey, I can download it for free anyway, might as well try it". I'll tell you this, I wouldn't have bothered to try out Crash Team Racing if PS+ didn't offer it. Oh, the memories :D

Bottom line: I will never, ever give Sony any money for a PS "Plus" subscription.

Okay, to each his own.

I like the idea of it, but it needs some more offerings before I start using it. Great that it's doing well, though!

Mornelithe:

Torrasque:
So now I can laugh at PS3 owners who claim their online multiplayer is better than Xblive, AND free?!
Awesome!

Yeah, just like PC Gamers have been laughing at Live users =)

Awesome!

lol, pretty much.
I still enjoy my xbox as much as my computer, and ironically enough, most of the game/tech support I get for any xbox games, goes through the computer.
I was raised on consoles, so thats just the way I am /shrug

Torrasque:

Mornelithe:

Torrasque:
So now I can laugh at PS3 owners who claim their online multiplayer is better than Xblive, AND free?!
Awesome!

Yeah, just like PC Gamers have been laughing at Live users =)

Awesome!

lol, pretty much.
I still enjoy my xbox as much as my computer, and ironically enough, most of the game/tech support I get for any xbox games, goes through the computer.
I was raised on consoles, so thats just the way I am /shrug

Just a heads up, so you don't get into this situation in RL. Playstation Plus doesn't improve multi-player peformance or something like that. The service basically gives a jumble of free/discounted shit, as well as giving you priority for Beta invites. So, I mean, PS3's multi-player is still free. PC is also, it's just a much more established and open framework (to be expected, of course).

And there's nothing wrong with playing on console, I have one, I just primarily game on PC.

Jumplion:

The "free" games you get you are allowed to keep until your subscription expires, so if you're still playing Stacking after a whole year then you might as well pony up some dough already.

But when you get a new subscription, say a couple of days after your previous one expires, you can play those games again.

Of my 25 friends on PSN. Two have the playstation plus thing. Of those two I think one actually downloads stuff with the 'discount' often enough that she's breaking even.

StONEdeF:

Jumplion:

The "free" games you get you are allowed to keep until your subscription expires, so if you're still playing Stacking after a whole year then you might as well pony up some dough already.

But when you get a new subscription, say a couple of days after your previous one expires, you can play those games again.

So, yeah, you can do that to.

Mornelithe:

Torrasque:

Mornelithe:

Yeah, just like PC Gamers have been laughing at Live users =)

Awesome!

lol, pretty much.
I still enjoy my xbox as much as my computer, and ironically enough, most of the game/tech support I get for any xbox games, goes through the computer.
I was raised on consoles, so thats just the way I am /shrug

Just a heads up, so you don't get into this situation in RL. Playstation Plus doesn't improve multi-player peformance or something like that. The service basically gives a jumble of free/discounted shit, as well as giving you priority for Beta invites. So, I mean, PS3's multi-player is still free. PC is also, it's just a much more established and open framework (to be expected, of course).

And there's nothing wrong with playing on console, I have one, I just primarily game on PC.

Yep, I know.
I'm just gonna use this as ammo to troll PS3 users, and tell them their service isn't free anymore.

Torrasque:

Yep, I know.
I'm just gonna use this as ammo to troll PS3 users, and tell them their service isn't free anymore.

Except that very few PS3 owners have PSPlus, and therefore the majority of those you're going to troll will know you're full of it. ;)

Frank_Sinatra_:

thenumberthirteen:
Well my PS3 seems to be constantly knackered so I'm a bit wary about shelling out for a subscription.

If I used my PS3 more often I may actually get it. I don't think it's a rip off, but it's more for the dedicated PS3 gamer.

With Plus (I'm not sure about regular membership) they do sell continuations of your warranty. Just an FYI.

OT: As a PS Plus subscriber I both love and hate Plus. While the game selection of "free" stuff is kinda nice, it's also kinda lacking. Don't get me wrong, getting Spyro 1 & 2 for free along with Crash Team Racing was nice, but the minis and regular games seem to be just thrown on there because they aren't very good... Minus all 5 episodes of Sam & Max :D

They sell extended warantees to everyone. Thin is with Sony it's "replace" not repair so I will lose everything on my HDD. I use a 3rd party repairer since Sony charge 130 to fix a YLOD, but other companies repair it for half that, and you keep all your data.

I got Lead and Gold and Stacking this month, so I'm chuffed.

(That means happy or pleased, non-brits.)

thenumberthirteen:

Frank_Sinatra_:

thenumberthirteen:
Well my PS3 seems to be constantly knackered so I'm a bit wary about shelling out for a subscription.

If I used my PS3 more often I may actually get it. I don't think it's a rip off, but it's more for the dedicated PS3 gamer.

With Plus (I'm not sure about regular membership) they do sell continuations of your warranty. Just an FYI.

OT: As a PS Plus subscriber I both love and hate Plus. While the game selection of "free" stuff is kinda nice, it's also kinda lacking. Don't get me wrong, getting Spyro 1 & 2 for free along with Crash Team Racing was nice, but the minis and regular games seem to be just thrown on there because they aren't very good... Minus all 5 episodes of Sam & Max :D

They sell extended warantees to everyone. Thin is with Sony it's "replace" not repair so I will lose everything on my HDD. I use a 3rd party repairer since Sony charge 130 to fix a YLOD, but other companies repair it for half that, and you keep all your data.

.... Ouch. Yeah, I've lost all my data before. Not fun.

Frank_Sinatra_:

.... Ouch. Yeah, I've lost all my data before. Not fun.

Well they lost it because they gave me a completely different machine with a freshly formatted drive.

Frank_Sinatra_:

thenumberthirteen:
Well my PS3 seems to be constantly knackered so I'm a bit wary about shelling out for a subscription.

If I used my PS3 more often I may actually get it. I don't think it's a rip off, but it's more for the dedicated PS3 gamer.

With Plus (I'm not sure about regular membership) they do sell continuations of your warranty. Just an FYI.

OT: As a PS Plus subscriber I both love and hate Plus. While the game selection of "free" stuff is kinda nice, it's also kinda lacking. Don't get me wrong, getting Spyro 1 & 2 for free along with Crash Team Racing was nice, but the minis and regular games seem to be just thrown on there because they aren't very good... Minus all 5 episodes of Sam & Max :D

As another PS+ subscriber I will state that I am in a similar state of mixed opinion.

Some elements of it are fantastic. The Beta's have been great, DCU etc. Plus I got to Beta the Hulu premium service and figure out that it just wasn't there yet.

I've gotten alot of enjoyment out of some of the "free" titles, while others have been somewhat lacking.

I have actually made some good use of the discounts offered. But I am mixed at hom much of a savings this comes to. Granted alot of the downloadable titles I would have paid full price for anyway, but yeah some I might have just skipped without the nagging feeling that I must make good use of my discount.

Overall my experiences have been fairly positive, but it is still a bit pricey and an ineeded luxury for what it offers. Now if they were to finally bolt on an out of game Voice chat system? Yeah then we would have something worth the price.

thenumberthirteen:

Frank_Sinatra_:

thenumberthirteen:
Well my PS3 seems to be constantly knackered so I'm a bit wary about shelling out for a subscription.

If I used my PS3 more often I may actually get it. I don't think it's a rip off, but it's more for the dedicated PS3 gamer.

With Plus (I'm not sure about regular membership) they do sell continuations of your warranty. Just an FYI.

OT: As a PS Plus subscriber I both love and hate Plus. While the game selection of "free" stuff is kinda nice, it's also kinda lacking. Don't get me wrong, getting Spyro 1 & 2 for free along with Crash Team Racing was nice, but the minis and regular games seem to be just thrown on there because they aren't very good... Minus all 5 episodes of Sam & Max :D

They sell extended warantees to everyone. Thin is with Sony it's "replace" not repair so I will lose everything on my HDD. I use a 3rd party repairer since Sony charge 130 to fix a YLOD, but other companies repair it for half that, and you keep all your data.

The trick there is to actually Backup your PS3 every once in awhile. You actually can back all your installed games, game data, saves, etc up onto a USB drive or flash drive.

faefrost:

thenumberthirteen:

Frank_Sinatra_:

With Plus (I'm not sure about regular membership) they do sell continuations of your warranty. Just an FYI.

OT: As a PS Plus subscriber I both love and hate Plus. While the game selection of "free" stuff is kinda nice, it's also kinda lacking. Don't get me wrong, getting Spyro 1 & 2 for free along with Crash Team Racing was nice, but the minis and regular games seem to be just thrown on there because they aren't very good... Minus all 5 episodes of Sam & Max :D

They sell extended warantees to everyone. Thin is with Sony it's "replace" not repair so I will lose everything on my HDD. I use a 3rd party repairer since Sony charge 130 to fix a YLOD, but other companies repair it for half that, and you keep all your data.

The trick there is to actually Backup your PS3 every once in awhile. You actually can back all your installed games, game data, saves, etc up onto a USB drive or flash drive.

Well I backed up my saves a month or two before it broke. I still lost all my videos, installed games (I re-downloaded them though), and recorded TV shows and movies.

Can you back up from just the HDD? As in take out the drive and copy the files manually?

Stacking is free for PS Plus users. And I want a membership really badly now...I could always use new themes!

thenumberthirteen:

faefrost:

thenumberthirteen:

They sell extended warantees to everyone. Thin is with Sony it's "replace" not repair so I will lose everything on my HDD. I use a 3rd party repairer since Sony charge 130 to fix a YLOD, but other companies repair it for half that, and you keep all your data.

The trick there is to actually Backup your PS3 every once in awhile. You actually can back all your installed games, game data, saves, etc up onto a USB drive or flash drive.

Well I backed up my saves a month or two before it broke. I still lost all my videos, installed games (I re-downloaded them though), and recorded TV shows and movies.

Can you back up from just the HDD? As in take out the drive and copy the files manually?

Probably not. The PS3 hard drive uses a non standard file format and partition table, so whatever you would be using to try and copy it with would probably not be able to read it. The only way I have seen is to do the Backup to USB and restore. Even a PS3 will not read a PS3 hard drive if it is plugged into its USB ports via a drive cage. The only way I could see to do it would be to do a direct sector by sector clone of the drive. Which may require some sort of hardware cloning setup. But even then the Backup?restore option will let you put in a larger cheaper drive of your own choosing. A hardware clone would require the same drive type.

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