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Why PS Plus And PS Now Are Ingenious

Before I begin, let's be clear:

I'm really not a big fan of all these new digital subscription services. I tend to refer to the "smartphone Nazis" when I'm talking about data plan billing, and I'm immediately skeptical when yet another subscription service pops up.

So yeah, I was skeptical for both PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now. And while the latter service isn't quite available just yet, I understand the concept and I have a feeling that I'm going to like it. The reason why I consider both programs to be ingenious is as follows: I think Sony understands that gamers have grown up, that the majority of their fanbase aren't teenagers. They're adults now and as adults, we all have obligations and responsibilities that eat into our available time and money.

We no longer have neither the time nor the inclination to stand in midnight launch lines, and we don't really care if we fail to pick up a new game for a few weeks (or months). We can't spend all our leisure money on the hobby for various reasons. The arguments, "Oh, that game is old now" and "Just buy the game and finish it if you want to play it" don't always ring true for us. With all the games that come out these days, we don't have time to play every last one the instant it arrives, and while we'd like to play and complete every game, maybe we'd like to rent it instead. To the dedicated hardcore, it sounds silly. To those with lives, not so much.

I like that a game I really wanted to play is now up on Plus for free. I like that with Now, I can at least try games I missed, and it's all the more attractive when there's no available demo. I also like the idea of being able to sample older games from previous generations; I don't have to scour eBay to find them, and I don't have to spend a lot of money to locate a decent copy. It's right, now maybe I'll try it. Do I feel like I'm getting ripped off? No, I feel that it caters to my lifestyle. And that's the key: I believe both Plus and Now cater to the busier, more mature gamer, and it's ingenious because the average age of a gamer is rising with every passing year.

Is this so wrong?

Tags: playstation plus, playstation now, ps plus, ps now, sony

4/15/2014 10:37:06 PM Ben Dutka

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 @ 11:07:20 PM

I 100% agree. These services allow a majority of us to enjoy games we might never have tried otherwise. I hope the pricing for PSNOW is on point. I know on the PC side I find myself in a similar situation with Steam. I own so many games because of them being on sale for $9.99 and under. It's addictive to amass a library of games when they're affordable and say to yourself "I'll eventually get to this game."

I just wonder how many of these games we actually do get to playing.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 3:07:28 PM

I just hope the pricing isn't more than OnLive and their PlayPack, which is a very similar service to PSNow.
For me, a price of $9.99 per month seems fair, assuming there's enough games to justify the price.
While I'm not expecting 250 odd games like with OnLive, I do expect quality titles if I am to pay for a sub.

As for PS Plus? Absolute genius move on Sony's end. I've happily been a subscriber for years, and don't see myself unsubscribing any time soon.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 @ 11:10:04 PM

It definitely fits the older generations better, good points Ben. I like when I get to try a game on Plus that I missed. I wouldn't want to pay for PSNow though because the games get cycled off and sometimes I take ages to complete a game.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 @ 11:27:59 PM

I bought Elder Scrolls Online and I'm currently still inside Sin in FFX. Ugh...why did I buy Elder Scrolls Online so soon?!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 @ 11:48:41 PM

You are a glutton?

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 4:53:05 AM

Know that feeling LimitedVertigo - just brought Tales of Xillia... have left Sin to go Dark Aeon hunting - not going well... so won't start it for a while!
Good article again Ben, as usual all points make a lot of sense!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 7:05:03 AM

I am hoping that games DO NOT get cycled in and out. I'd much rather the entire library be available. On the other hand I do understand why they may do it. Some people may BINGE game and blow through allot of titles and then possibly cancel their subscription. Sony will have to find a good balance of content in order to gain and maintain attention without blowing their load yet also keep people interested enough to come back for more. I like Now. It works much better than I anticipated and will only get better as the service matures.

Who would have thought that GAMING would find its way into almost everything we do?

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Sir Dan
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 10:19:34 AM

In the year I've been a Plus member I've downloaded approximately $1200 in free games, a great many of them AAA blockbusters, for $49.99. This is clearly greatest bargin ever developed by mankind.

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Sir Dan
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 10:21:43 AM

Oh and I meant to add, the ability to play them much more leisurely as I had gotten them for free, has added tremendously to my delight.

Hold me.

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