Originally Posted by bassmonkeee
Do we really need to worry about things that haven't happened yet, and that have had no indication that they are going to happen?
If we're basing a purchase on it, then perhaps yes. Once upon a time the PS3 was going to support Linux, be backwards compatible with the PS2 and only come in one SKU. Eventually, those benefits were stripped away. I don't think it's an unfounded fear that Sony might begin to migrate more and more services to PS+ as time goes by. There's no reason to assume they will, but if past is prologue, then it's not beyond reason to think they might.
So far, I'm not seeing a lot of value in PS+. On some levels, it does nothing to address many of my criticisms of PSN, the PS Store and Sony's general approach. On other levels, it's certainly not without value....though for me personally, it's not that great.
If I've followed everything so far, PS+ gets me:
- Access to select downloadable games while a subscriber
- Discount on SOME DLC, chosen by Sony
- Access to 4 new games a month (1 PSN, 2 Minis, 1 PS1 game)
- Some free DLC content, chosen by Sony
- Access to Qore, their monthly promo show
- Early access to game demos and betas
- Access to select 2 premium themes and 2 avatars/month while a subscriber
- 1 hour access to 2 downloadable games (rotates monthly)
- Automatic Scheduled Downloads
- Order Bonus until 8/1: LBP (not subscriber locked)
So, that's not terrible, but it's not exactly great. I'm not a big fan of Premium Themes or Avatars...especially not ones that expire. The DLC is a mixed bag. Getting 50% off of a LBP costume pack (so, say $1.50 instead of $3?) is nice, but not really a bang-for-your-buck kind of deal. Qore...I'm still not sure how a show that replicates content from GameTrailers, G4 and a host of other locations is worth what they were asking, but I'm willing to accept it might be worth it to some. Access to PSN games I wouldn't buy? Well, again, not a value to me, but surely to some.
I guess the real issue to me is that a lot of the content is stuff I already have and a lot of the content is stuff I wouldn't pay for. The argument could be made that since it's free, you'll get to try stuff you otherwise wouldn't. Except it's NOT free...it $50 a year. So for me, the value end of the equation of what they're offering is not there. I can see how it would be for some...but not for me. Getting access to two year-old AAA titles is nice and all...but I could buy Infamous used at Gamestop for $25 and LBP for $23 (if I didn't already own them).
And it's nowhere near the value I get from Netflix. I'm not paying for ownership of media there...I'm paying for unfettered access to a huge library of content that I can access across multiple platforms (Wii, PS3, 360, Tivo, PC, iPhone and BD player) for a fraction of the cost of purchasing that content. And unlike PS+, I can choose which content I want to view...afaik, you're entirely at Sony's discretion for the monthly content of PS+. Some of it looks decent...but a lot of it is just sort of there.
I don't think PS+ is valueless or a cheat...I just don't think it's a great value for many, including me.