Well, Dante promised a more in depth look at the PSN Plus service, so here it is. The price here in Europe is going to be €14.99 / £11.99 for 90 days and €49.99 / £39.99 for a whole year and you’ll be able to sign up anytime after the 29th of June when the service starts. To help better understand what the service offers, I’ll try to break it down simply, basically PSN Plus offers 3 key things.
Games: This is divided into two varieties. One they give you free games – like Wipeout HD and lots of other PSN and PSOne Classic titles along the way. These are available to you long as you have a subscription. If that subscritption is cut – you can’t play those free games, but signing back up, gives you access again. Two – you get discounts on PSN titles, Premium Themes and Avatars. These are to keep and often exclusive to the service.
Full Game Trial: You may remember this being discussed on the Podcast a while back. Well it turned out to right. You get access to new releases and get to play the first hour or so of full blu-ray titles and PSN titles. These are pretty much the full game, so progress (save data and trophies) carry across if you choose to buy. You also get priority access to betas – it is uncertain if this means Sony Beta’s, or if Sony will partner with other companies for this.
Automatic Download: This one almost feels like it should have come in a usual update, but the nature of bandwith and server costs means this is a premium item. Automatic Downloads allow your PS3 to get patches, demos and firmware updates and download them when you’re away. It’s a nice little time saver and likely will provide faster download speeds as well for those things.
Also sign up before the 3rd of August to get a free copy of Little Big Planet. It’s likely you already have this, but it can be nice having a digital copy ready to play on your PS3.