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Sony Offering "Buyouts" For Instant Game Collection Titles

The Instant Game Collection is fantastic for PlayStation Plus subscribers. But developers get something out of it, too.

Beyond added exposure, it has been confirmed that Sony often pays developers to give away their games for free in the IGC. As reported at ShackNews, PlayStation manager of developer relations Brian Silva said they will offer "buyouts" to designers who opt to give away their titles on Plus for a month.

No exact numbers were mentioned, but that's okay. We certainly understand the concept. And as Silva points out, with Plus becoming mandatory for online play on the PS4, there will be even more exposure for the titles that land in the Instant Game Collection. For my part, it's great to check the weekly updates to the IGC; just to see what I might be able to have for free. Games that I missed out on 'cuz I was too busy, games I didn't really want to pay for, etc.

And it's nice to see that developers are getting a little somethin' for being nice guys. Money talks, after all.

Tags: playstation plus, plus subscription, plus developer buyout, plus games

10/3/2013 10:14:40 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (15 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 10:37:34 PM
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I was so mad that a week after I bought Amalur it was free.

Maybe I'll just play all or most of my PS4 games for free since it'll be 2-3 years before the truly impressive must buy games come.

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Temjin001
Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 10:43:27 PM

Don't think you can claim your PS4 games without a PS4. They're sneaky like that.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, October 04, 2013 @ 12:00:04 AM

Well yeah I might get one around xmas, but I can' think of any games worth buying at that time.

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Draguss
Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 11:08:45 PM
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I thought this would be obvious. How else would it work?

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Crabba
Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 11:16:19 PM

indeed

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Jed
Friday, October 04, 2013 @ 12:43:54 AM

Exactly what I was thinking.

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Banky A
Friday, October 04, 2013 @ 12:54:57 AM

Mmmhmm sista

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kraygen
Friday, October 04, 2013 @ 1:14:28 AM
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yeah, but if you notice, most of the games have been out for a long period of time. Most if not all of the games we get for free probably have had almost no sales for months so I doubt sony is paying a huge chunk of change.

It doesn't bother me that they are games that have been around a while though. Since I wait for uber cheap deals to buy games cheap, I've gotten a lot of great games for my $50 a year.

Have been really looking forward to kingdoms of amalur and was pleasantly surprised this week.

Still miss my free ps1 games and am still wondering when the rest of my ps1 games will be playable on vita.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, October 04, 2013 @ 10:14:34 AM
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I wonder if the IGC is probably a step on the tall ladder to just paying a monthly fee to have access to all games.

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Sandtech
Friday, October 04, 2013 @ 5:13:37 PM

You now that is where they want to take us.

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Draguss
Friday, October 04, 2013 @ 10:14:19 PM

That would be an interesting idea, if they still let us permanently buy the ones we really like.

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PlatformGamerNZ
Saturday, October 05, 2013 @ 5:45:28 AM
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well its gud devs get something and sony's being great with the devs as usually. good on you sony

happy gaming =)

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clue
Sunday, October 06, 2013 @ 12:39:30 PM
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How is it FREE? If you have to pay for a PLUS membership to get the games Then its not exactly "FREE" is it..

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artech7
Sunday, October 06, 2013 @ 7:41:23 PM

Clue,

You pay (what is it?) $50.00 a year to download 100's of full length feature rich games, where the average game costs $60 to buy it new. I think if you were to download just 1 game, you will be saving $10 if you were to play that 1 game all year. Now, if you are like me and many other people, and download more than 1 game a year, I think after that first download, you are pretty much getting the other games for free, on top of the $10 discount.

I think your point is moot. No offense.

You can think of the subscription however you want. But you pretty much justify the subscription on the first game download. After that, it's games galore and much... much... more! :)

Last edited by artech7 on 10/6/2013 7:45:35 PM

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tusunami
Sunday, October 06, 2013 @ 10:01:44 PM
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Being a PS Plus member since day 1 has been the best, you really do get your money's worth!!!!!!!!!!!!

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