Could the PS Plus offering be ‘Too Good’?

Posted by: 12/9/2013

Sure, the headline in this post may look a little ridiculous but it is worth asking.

Sometimes it seems like Sony is losing out on some cash when the weekly, top class PlayStation Plus offerings are announced. Part of me knows that the free or heavily discounted games are unlikely to net Sony a lot of revenue in the big scheme of things but knowing that even AAA games like Borderlands 2 will be ‘Free with Plus’ at some point could deter some from purchasing.

This month along we got Grid 2 which only released in May this year and the already mentioned Borderlands 2. Should I wait to purchase Assassin’s Creed IV, since it will likely hit PlayStation Plus? The answer is maybe. If you are willing to wait to play some of the newer games then a Plus membership is what you need.

Other great games that are fan favorites like Resogun or Hotline Miami are also free on the service which is great for consumers, but just how much does that open Sony up for missed revenue – did I mentioned XCOM Enemy Unknown and Gravity Rush is fee for the Vita as well? Of course some games are only available for a limited time but even still, all we have to do is clock purchase to secure the game to be part of our library.

I suspect that PlayStation Plus is incredibly profitable for Sony as a service since millions of gamers  plop down 50 bucks a year and are more likely to buy other games on the digital platform, especially with the PS4 and the PS Vita but it certainly seems unbelievably cheap to pay 4 bucks a month to get a library as solid as the one provided with Sony’s premium service.

Oh btw, did I mention Microsoft’s ‘Games with Gold’ service nets you epic new games like the original Gears or War?

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  • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

    I’m in the theory that PS+ is really a glorified demo.
    I just activated it for my account for the first time just under 2 weeks ago (probably a lot of others who took advantage of the Black Friday sales), and I’ve already reached the capacity of the PS3′s internal drive. I’ll have to delete a major game to download another one.
    Sure, I can d/l it again, but I think the key thing here is convenience. A game like Hotline Miami might offer a short burst of entertainment, but a game like, say, Gravity Rush or Dragon’s Dogma offer a little more meat as a game and replaybility. It would make sense to (re)purchase an actual copy of the game in this case.

    • Daniel Dorestant

      No offense but this is a dumb theory… You dont even have to download games if you’re that worried about space, you can simply activate it and its added to your download history forever. It wouldnt make more sense to purchase. It would better for an impatient person. But sitting back and letting a game download, and not having to switch out discs when you wanna play is more convenient.

      • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

        Do people want to download GBs of the same game, or just go to Amazon and buy it for a few dollars? Not everyone has 15mbps to where they can d/l a game and have it installed in a decent amount of time. I would think buying a physical copy would make more sense; patience is only a factor.

        I can tell you, if you’re more concerned about having a game on hand or the cost (as I’ve been faced with), buying the game on its own is more convenient. I bought Dragon’s Dogma a week before I got PS+, and now after I downloaded and installed it, I don’t feel like I should return my copy to Amazon.
        I’d rather switch out discs than switch out dozens of GBs of storage.

        • Daniel Dorestant

          According to your theory, the person has already downloaded the game, and now has the dilemma of hdd space. So obviously they have the internet capabilities. As far as space, Ps3′s are being sold with so much hDD space I dont even think that’ll be a problem.
          The points you made are only based on your experience, which is hardly enough evidence for a theory. PS Plus isnt a glorified demo. It maybe an introduction into a series that has a sequel coming out. Or way to discovet hidden gems on PSN. Or even SONY saying thanks to it’s fans in a way nobody has ever done b4. But a demo… No… A 1hr full game trial is a demo. But if you’re enjoying a gane so much the thought that you would delete what you already have conviently stored on your hdd and go pay money for it makes no sense

          • http://twitter.com/matty_125 matty

            If you watched a film or series on Netflix and liked it so much you wanted it on Blu-ray, then bought it – does that really not make sense to you?
            My man, I think you are taking my use of ‘theory’ a little too close to heart or at least in a direction I’m not sure I intended.
            Let me preface something that I think I should have explained more in my initial post; I think it’s silly to think that you actually ‘own’ a game with PS+. It’s more akin to renting or Netflix. Not a bad thing, necessarily – or at all. You could do worse with what’s out there.
            But, I was hard being convinced for me to take any interest in using it as a service in the mindset that anything is ‘free’, much less the games featured.

            Now, I wouldn’t say my experience is hard evidence, but I think it’s a very likely one in an age where d/l service and how much storage space is going to factor in a person’s buying habits as much – or possibly more than – the cost. As I said earlier, not everyone has the speed to where d/l anything is a simple and convenient as it should be, so it’s still a way’s off for the market to really get a grasp of storage space, but I can tell you how there people are I know that are already concerned about how much more they’re going fit on their brand new PS4s. I don’t have a crystal ball, but I see that’s what’s coming this gen.

            And don’t me started on the PS Vita – another console purchased less than a week ago. How I *wished* I downloaded more games on my PSP1000 if only to save the data saves to transfer over….

            But I digress, and I think we’re going in circles on this topic.
            Or how about this; If you end your subscription, thus your access to your games (regardless if completed or hated them), then what would that be called? I can think of one way of calling it…

          • Daniel Dorestant

            Ok i’ll put what im trying to say in as few words as possible.

            First, the definition of losing access to anyhting after no longer paying for it… Is a subscription or service. Not a demo.

            Second the only reason I brought up the fact that I find it more convenient to download a game is to show you that each person has a different experience with PSN and there is no way for you to no which experience is more, or less likely based on you and your friends cases. Just lije the HDD space, case by case.

            Lastly your Netflix comparison. Its very simple if you’re watching a movie on netflix that you love, are you gonna shut it down before its complete, and go buy a blu ray? No. You’re gonna watch it in its entirety.

            And remember I’m basing this on the fact that you said the person already has downloaded the game. Not a person that is intially downloading the game. So the internet capabilities arguement is really irrelevant.

            My only point is… Ps Plus cannot be viewed as a demo… Simpy based on the definition of a demo. The notion of a gane not being “free” is a whole different story

  • James Cluckey

    I love the shot they take at Microsoft at the end. lol