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How Would You Convince Someone That Plus Is A "Plus?"

As we all know by now, a PlayStation Plus subscription will be required if you want to play games online with the PS4.

Obviously, that makes Plus a requirement for most people. But how would you convince the reluctant that Plus is indeed a "plus?" What would you say to effectively state your case? What are the most appealing aspects of Plus in your mind?

I'd say it's about a lot more than just access to playing games online. So, I'd probably start by saying that while Plus hasn't been a necessity this generation, many people still love it. They love it because of all the constant discounts and free stuff. They love it because they get free access to demos and early betas. They love the cloud storage. They love that they always seem to get first dibs and preferential treatment, all for only mere dollars a month. This is all besides the fact of online play going into the next generation.

For my part, I'd take another angle for older gamers who lead busy lives- There are a great many quality games that show up on the PSN. Those who don't have a ton of hours to dedicate to the hobby can't possibly play them all when they first arrive. So, by the time some of 'em pop up for free via Plus, it's a perfect time to try them out. I would occasionally check out what's free and discounted for Plus members, and many times I'd find a title I had always meant to play but didn't have time to try.

What would you say to help promote Plus?

Tags: playstation plus, plus subscription, psn plus, next gen

7/22/2013 9:54:06 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (37 posts)

darxed
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 11:03:43 PM
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I'd start with an article I saw that quantified how much has PS+ given away in a year. If you take the games at launch price, It was over 1.800 dollars! Now I know that practically all of these games are not at that price level now/when they were given away by the service, but even if you cut it to a third, that's a 550 dollar gain. (I also read that Japanese PS+ has actually given away almost double what the US, has, BTW)

When you factor in early betas/demos, additional services like overnight updating, discounts on games and services, you can't argue with that amount of value for 50 dollars a year (40 if you used the promotion Sony ran on March, like I did ;) )

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 11:05:50 PM
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I'd produce a list of all the games I've gotten for free. Hell I haven't even had time to play half of em.

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frylock25
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 2:59:50 AM

its almost overwhelming. i have games that i bought on disc i still have not played. i have digital games i pick up on sale. then every week sony gives me more games to play. i cant keep up.

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telly
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 11:47:34 AM

It is indeed overwhelming, but in a good way. I upgraded to a 500 gb hard drive recently, so I've been downloading all of the free stuff, and it's really neat getting to try games I otehrwise would have missed completely.

Free games for ALL PS platforms (nearly every game I wanted for Vita was and is available for free with a Plus subscription), sales as well. It's a huge deal that I think the vast majority of PS gamers would REALLY enjoy.

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AcHiLLiA
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 1:25:45 PM

That's one thing that I hate about all this "time" I usually buy a max of 3 games, because I know if I go beyond that, who knows when will it take me to get to those games. PS+ seems nice and good deal and all other then the early beta demo which are not a big deal.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 11:24:11 PM
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Pretty Much What Others Are Saying. Free Games. It's Insane. I Bought A New Sub And Got Uncharted 3 And Battlefield 3 For Free. Like Really. What Other Service Does This?

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JROD0823
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 12:13:42 AM
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I have actively championed PlayStation Plus on this site, other websites, and in person, and I feel like making a case for Plus can be just as tricky at times as it can be easy.

I have been thoroughly pleased overall with having had Plus since it launched, and while I can see and appreciate the value for money it has given me over the past 3 years, a lot of others I have ran into have not been able to wrap their heads around that same concept.

I think some people expect brand new games to be a recurring part of Plus updates and are upset that they aren't.

Some people get jealous if another territory gets something cool and their region doesn't.

Some people complain that they already have all of the games that come out on Plus, but these people need to understand that if they only bought the games that they simply can't wait for, and left the other ones alone, that it's pretty much a guarantee that several of those games that they passed over will eventually be Plus titles.

I actually have managed to convince two or three personal friends of mine, and a few PSN friends to take the plunge, and they haven't regretted doing so since.

Take away the free games from consideration completely, and the discounts, betas, one-hour game trials, cloud storage, and automatic game and system updates are reason enough to fork over $50 for Plus.

Hey, why are you guys still reading this comment?

Get Plus already! :P

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homura
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 12:14:55 AM
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For those who have internet connection, all I can say is "It's a must!"

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AcHiLLiA
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 6:20:03 PM

..but with full big games, u have to make sure you have a good decent download speed. Here it's still damn expensive for very fast isp and I don't see myself upgrading anytime soon.. but I still run a decent isp.

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Wyatt
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 1:03:26 AM
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I'm not a plus member, though I soon will if I want multiplayer, but to convince someone I would just say "free games and mulitplayer. It's Xbox live but better!".

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Ather
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 2:10:28 AM
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I recently took the plunge for some of the free games. I'll have a year to see if I truly get more than my $50's worth. If not, I'll just chalk it up to an experiment and not renew.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 2:46:15 AM
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Nothing needs to be said. Just show the digital collection.

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Gabriel013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 2:48:19 AM
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I'm still not a plus member as the last time I looked I just couldn't see the value. I don't like the idea of paying a monthly fee to access games which I then no longer have access to if I cancel. Unless it's food or insurance I rather hand over cash and receive something permanent in return. I want ownership for my money, not long term rental.

I can see the benefit of the discounted games which I believe are still yours after cancelling your subscription.

Beta access, cloud saves and similar minor services don't interest me, even to the value of a few dollars per year.

Making online gaming part of PS+ won't convince me either as I haven't played against anyone online since Space Marine first came out.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 5:09:41 AM

I know right? End of the day, if you don't technically own anything, you could offer me every game in the world and I'd turn it down. I want to own my games and play it whenever I want. With PS+, I feel like I'd have to rush to play some of them before my subscription expires. Obviously that's ridiculous because you have a year, but just the fact there is a limit turns me off so damn much.

It's like my sister just bought a 90-day sub (much to my dismay), and I downloaded the stuff she got. Alright, it's pretty freakin awesome to get 5 full games right of the bat. BUT, I realised I'm not really massively interested in any of them, apart from ICO & SOTC. I'm not gunna just play any old game because it's free; I play games I wanna play. That's why I will always just buy my games.

BTW I'm loving ICO, even if there are some elements of bad/prehistoric game design. You know, those times where you get stuck and it's because the game has thrown something at you which it hasn't really hinted at before. I'm talking about the bombs, after getting the chandelier down (which was pretty cryptic itself).

Took me like an hour of trying all sorts of stuff, and the things I tried I thought would've made much more sense than what you had to do. Like hitting the destabilised pillar with your sword, setting it on fire to weaken it, y'know what I mean?

BUT, I really love how you build a relationship purely through gameplay. I can see where the game director from TLOU took inspiration in this aspect. Only thing is, 70 days left on the PS+ subscription, so I feel like I'm gunna have to rush the two games.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 9:41:19 AM

In 2 years, I've paid $100. True, all the free stuff I only have access to. But I've also saved, to date, $84 in discounts on stuff I was already thinking of purchasing. It's a little luck based in that some of the things I wanted were discounted, and in reality I wouldn't have purchased much of it without the discount, but there's your value there. Add to it all the free games (especially the free full games!)...

I look at it as all that content for the cost of less than 1 brand new game a year. And I don't pay monthly, as that's more expensive. I pay for the year at once.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 11:17:37 AM

Yeah, I know how good the value of it is. I'd be super pi*sed if they came out and said "We're going to reward our customers who've been with us for 2 years by letting them keep their games!". Like oh my goddddd I missed out lol.

But y'know, discounts really don't do it for me. If I'm gunna buy something - I'm buying it. I'll fork out the money if I want it badly enough. So when it's got £2-3 knocked off the price, it just doesn't really mean that much to me.

And honestly? I'd rather take the full brand new game once a year. Call me crazy, but the sense of ownership is pivotal for me when I'm paying for something. It's like, I'd never rent a house, lol.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 11:48:48 AM

If ya like the free game you play it and then it's a part of your gaming experience forever cuz it never leaves your brain :)

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Ludicrous_Liam
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 12:06:44 PM

lol, well that's one way to look at it postively.

Unfortunately, games aren't exclusively cerebral experiances...you need to play them :)

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Underdog15
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 5:55:02 PM

Some of the discounts are much greater than a couple bucks. I can't remember which one, but I do remember picking up a new game for 50% off. Was more like a $20 savings. And that one you really DO keep.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 3:28:55 AM
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Convince me.

I have yet to give into the subscription. Yes you get 'free' games but once your subscription is over you lose all them, so the games you play are not future proof - Hence why I buy my games on disc.

I can understand it is good if you want to try out many games, more so than just playing the demo. But most of the games on offer are old. So if you're really interested in the title you would have already bought and completed it. PS+ seems to satisfy the curiosity, the titles you would not have bought and maybe passed over and forgotten about. Which is something I just don't see the need for really.

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Nynja
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 4:36:53 PM

Okay...my attempt at convincing you:

First of all, don't do month-to-month. Save yourself the extra $ and go with annual subscription. $49.99 a year. Single membership fee works across PSV, PS3, PS4.

-Free games, avatars, themes
-Free full game trials (1 hour long)
-Beta access
-Extra cloud storage (great for save transfers)
-Automatic Updates
-Significant discounts on PSN games, movies.

I look at the "free" instant game collection as long rentals. If there is a game I end up really enjoying, I will purchase the full retail version for safe keeping.

Best part is, I haven't purchased a game in nearly a full year. Not a single dollar spent, but I've been able to play many new games.

I spent $50 on 1 year membership. That's all. This is what I chose to download.

PS3 games added over past year (most of them, not all):

- Saint's Row The Third
- Battlefield 3 (now have multiple copies)
- X-COM
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution
- Uncharted 3 (I actually already owned this)
- Mega Man 9 & 10
- Demon's Souls
- Trine 2
- NFS Shift 2
- Just Cause 2
- Hard Corps: Uprising
- Vanquish
- Borderlands (now have multiple copies)
- Spec Ops: The Line
- Warhammer 40,000
- Saints Row 2
- Darksiders
- Infamous 2
- LittleBigPlanet 2 (now have multiple copies)
- Starhawk (single player campaign)
- Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD

PSV games added over past year (again, most):

- Gravity Rush
- Uncharted: Golden Abyss
- Wipeout 2048
- Disgaea 3
- Metal Slug XX
- Knytt Underground

Plus has proven it's value to me. Still, it isn't for everyone.

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kraygen
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 3:44:45 AM
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Personal experience, the saves that are automatically uploaded to the cloud has saved me a world of gaming. My poor fatty after surviving four years of being used every day for gaming, netflix, movies, etc.., survived being drenched in rain when the tornado hit our house, it finally bit the dust a few months ago.

If not for automatic cloud saves I might have lost all of my saved games. That alone made plus worth more than anything else.

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frylock25
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 3:45:46 AM
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off topic: amazon has video game gold box today. right now move controllers are $19.99. i got one.

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Banky A
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 5:49:22 AM
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too many games too little time. actually first time in my life i wish i had less games

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daus26
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 5:54:10 AM
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It'll be hard to convince someone with limited time. A lot of games and online play won't mean much to those that can only play a few games and play online once in a time. It'll be like a rarely used gym membership that you continue to pay monthly but rarely go to.

No doubt, it's a great value but like all subscriptions and membership, it's true value is worth to the amount that you utilize it.

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frylock25
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 6:06:54 AM
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i was talking to one guy that i worked with that had just got a ps3. he was saying that he was thinkin about getting a new game. i said why dont you get plus? you will get 12 games and next week you will get another game and then another game the next week and so on.

honestly for the price of one new game a year i got 64 games or something like that last year. that is $1.28 a game.

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Solid Fantasy
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 9:00:00 AM
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I'm still on the free month that came with my new PS3. It's very nice, but I was pretty bummed when I found out that you lose the ability to play the downloaded games after you subscription dries up. If I'm going to need it for online play I might keep it going and ditch my Amazon prime and Audible account instead.
The real probmlem I have with PS+ is the overwhelming amount of free games. If it's free why not through it onto you cloud drive, but in the end what does it matter if you don't have enough time to play any of them. I always want to play every game that own to full completion. This wasn't a problem back in the PS1 days. These days no one has enough time to fulfill there whole library like they used to.

These first world problems am I right.

If you have the time and or really like playing online Plus is a no briner. If you're like me you're going to on the fence for a little while longer.

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gumbi
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 9:34:00 AM
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Why? Well, it's simple. Free Games! Lots and lots of free games. I haven't purchased a new game in months because I have a huge backlog of free games from PS+ that I want to play.

If the free games aren't enough, there's also frequent massive discounts on games, dlc, theme's, and more. And anything you buy with a Plus discount, you get to keep after your subscription is up.

The only reason I could imagine not wanting Plus is if you have lots of money and you buy everything you want when it first comes out at full price. Otherwise, the "I can't afford it" argument is moot. It's $50/year and I've spent less money on video games since I signed up for Plus, because I get free games faster than I can play them.

Also, I tell everyone this. Keep your eyes open for free Plus subscriptions. Sony hands them out all the time. I've only paid for Plus once, and yet I'm enrolled all the way up through the end of 2014 because I keep cashing in on free Plus deals. There was one on facebook a few months ago where if you commented on what video game character you'd like to be you'd get a code for a free year of Plus.

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telly
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 11:50:17 AM
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Tons of free games and more on the way all the time. As I've said on this site a few times, I'm particularly interested to see what Sony does with PS3 once the PS4 launches. I suspect they are going to really ramp up the catalog of free games since the casual gamers who will become the target audience for PS3 will be very tempted by such a deal (since they are clearly the sorts of customers who don't want to spend lots on video games and want to get good bang for the buck.) If that's the case, it could really provide a bona fide treasure trove of games we can all stack up and keep on our PS3s long after the system is phased out. At least, that's what I'm hoping!

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Temjin001
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 12:47:43 PM
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I downloaded the FREE LBP Karting exclusively 'for PlayStation 3 system' (okay, never again) to know that I don't want to play it. Score!

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Ludicrous_Liam
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 1:51:09 PM

LOL, I could've told you that for free!

But seriously, don't let it turn you off LBP if you haven't tried the proper games. I said before the karting game failed to capture the charm and feel of the previous games, and was pretty bland as a result.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 11:12:15 PM

yah, after having played a lot of Mario Kart and SOnic All Stars Transformed there just wasn't anything about LBP Karting that stood out enough. It seemed more flat and lesser than either of the two I had played already. Note: I don't care for making my own levels and stuff so LBP's appeal get's lost on me there. I want professionals designing original assets and troubleshooted tracks for me.

Anyway, I do like the core LBP games a lot. They're fun and well made.

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VampDeLeon
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 10:20:29 PM
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It depends on how involved you are with your gaming system. These are what I like about it for the PS3.

- The downloadable themes and avatars that are free, you can keep even after unsubscribing PS+.
- Being able to backup your saves on the cloud for certain games that don't allow saving to a USB stick
- Early access to betas (at least it was during the first year of PS+)
- Discounted games that you buy, you can keep forever even when you're not subscribed.
- The free full games, if you unsubscribe but later decide to subscribe again.. It's still there in your previous downloads list to replay again and again. I went quite a few months without PS+ until recently (the benefits weren't as great then as they are now).. Well, I'm pleased to see that I can redownload all of the free PS1 games I enjoyed before, such as Resident Evil 1-2, MediEvil, and Crash Bandicoot 1,2 and Team Racing playable again.
- Extra customizing name and colors on PSHome.
- If you're a trophy fanatic, why not score some free ones off the games they offer monthly?
- The automatic updates and option for cloud game saving while you sleep.
- It only gets better.. once the PS4 hits


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PlatformGamerNZ
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 3:52:16 AM
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i think i'll see when i have time to game i'll get plus but when i don't have the time for online multi i'll play sme single player stuff in bites and such in my other spare time as idk how much i'll have as i about to get into my final year engineering project which from wat i have hear i alot of work so i'll see how i go i think

happy gaming =)

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Nynja
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 8:56:25 AM
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Simple. Tell them...

"I paid $50 for a year long membership and got Infamous 2, NFS Shift 2, Starhawk, Uncharted 3, LBP, Demon's Souls, Saints Row, XCOM, Deus Ex, and Battlefield 3 all for free. There is others, but I can't think of them all."

Works every time.

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Shauneepeak
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 9:33:46 AM

Vanquish, Just Cause 3(Very fun, very underrated), Sleeping Dogs, Spec Ops-The Line. Probs more I just can't remember them all

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boofa
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 9:20:49 AM
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I've convinced at least 3 friends who were pretty hardcore 360 gamers to buy Plus with the free games argument. Also convinced them to buy Vitas which helped the argument for Plus with another system getting free games. Now if we could only get the quality that the EU store gets on the US store as far as free stuff goes!

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