The PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Plus: Worth It or Not?

PlayStation Plus isn’t new to the PlayStation ecosystem, in fact it’s over a year old. The PlayStation 3, of course, was first to receive the content heavy subscription plan, and when the Vita launched back in February questions were raised as to when it would finally be available there as well.

Luckily, after many months, news is finally being revealed regarding PlayStation Plus on the PlayStation Vita. However, will Plus really be worth the price on the Vita like it is now on the PS3?

Perhaps these are my own opinions, and feel free to leave your own below, but PlayStation Plus on the Vita might not be as worth while as it is on the PS3.

If you are like myself, you own a PlayStation Portable, or have owned one at some point in time. With PlayStation Plus on the Vita, I feel Sony will push more the PSP capabilities of the Vita, than the first party and third party Vita titles.

Of course, the PSP has a huge number of titles that are surely worth while to play, most couldn’t even be put into one blog post, but Sony honestly really needs to push the more Vita specific titles as much as they can.

With the slowly increasing sales of the Vita as exclusives enter the scene, the only thing holding the Vita back from being the best portable gaming device on the market would be said titles.

If Sony can manage to push this front of the Vita, as it seems they are trying more and more to do now, then I believe the vita will exceed our expectations into the near future.

We know that PlayStation Plus on the Vita will offer the following:

Full PSP Games

Full PSP/PS3/Vita Minis

Full PS1 Games

Full Vita Games 

Discounts

and even more beyond all of that, from Plus’ offerings in the Japanese Vita store.

Perhaps only the future will tell if Plus will be worth the value on the Vita, and to that very statement I hope very much to see that it is.

Leave your own thoughts below.

Do you think PlayStation Plus will be worth the price on the Vita? Do you plan on purchasing a subscription in the future for your Vita?

 

  1. xj107359’s avatar

    Can we run PS2 games on the PSV one day?

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    1. john’s avatar

      No sony couldn’t even run it on the ps3. the games you get on the psn are modified eboots. there will be no way the psv will emulate the ps2. the ram is already split for the psp emulation on the vita. So NO

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      1. ALLEN2’s avatar

        Are you fu.cking retarded? The first ps3 models had backwards compatiblity and the newer ones dont have it. So if the newer models have removed backwards compatibility that automaticly means it cannot run it? Dumb ass. and in japan the ps vita already has PS2 Classics.

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        1. Mr. Awsome’s avatar

          Where does it say that? I don’t see it on google. Otherwise i call hoax.

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          1. pietro025’s avatar

            It is true. IIRC the first PS3 had a Emotion Engine emulator (or the EE itself, I don’t remember) but it wasn’t very lucrative so they removed it.

          2. xSpectrum’s avatar

            The first PS3s had a damn EE IN it.

          3. imercenary’s avatar

            @pietro025

            Actually the PS3 Emotion Engine software-based emulator never really worked right. It had problems ranging from graphical slowdown to straight-up bizarre gameplay altering glitches.

        2. Catnip’s avatar

          No john, you are the dumbass.

          The original ps3 had an emotion engine hardware chip inside. These can’t be found in most current ps3′s.

          This means that guys comment was right about ps3 not being able to emulate ps2. so that means psvita can’t do it either because surprise surprise: it doesn’t have an EE chip.

          I’d still like it if it happened.

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          1. Catnip’s avatar

            I meant ALLEN2 instead of John.

            proves I should check who i’m talking to before i spout bad memes on the internet

  2. MaxiExtreme’s avatar

    I think it’s worth with this kind of offers…

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  3. Mars’s avatar

    I would get PS+ for the free games in a heartbeat except for one nagging problem. Those memory cards cost entirely too much for me to afford these days.

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    1. lol’s avatar

      Its not free if your paying a monthly subscription derp

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      1. Inferno’s avatar

        I agree and when the subcription is over im guesing you will lose everything you have download it into your Vita and that sucks,is like downloading a pirate copy,finish the game and when you do purchase the game in this case you will purchase !!!AGAIN!!!.

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        1. xSpectrum’s avatar

          I have PS+ on my PS3 and I have since it was new. I let it expire for 3 months and everything still worked just fine.

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    2. Jd8531’s avatar

      And those games dont work if your membership runs out. Its like a rental service. I dont like that idea personally.

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  4. atoyikaganubon’s avatar

    I’ll be dropping my custom psp firmware if the library of games will be good

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  5. Meringue’s avatar

    Will PS+ cover PS3 + Vita? I could see that being pretty amazing. If it’s seperate then Ill pass.

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    1. murlocks’s avatar

      read on a blog that if you have a ps+ for your ps3, you get it for your vita for free. source: http://blog.us.playstation.com/2012/09/18/playstation-plus-on-playstation-vita-gets-timing-set-to-launch-with-instant-game-collection/

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      1. AlexTheGr8’s avatar

        Reading on this blog, it looks like the Vita will do timed automatic updates with PS+!

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      2. SsJVasto’s avatar

        PS+ is PS+… it’s not PS3+.

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        1. stOneskull’s avatar

          yes.. ps3, vita and psp

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  6. konamigood’s avatar

    I think it is good!
    However I agree with you. Sony must push more Vita title, or they will get suck. There are too many Remake and HD Remaster game on Vita. In some aspect, minis and PS1/PSP titles are some kind of Remake, so it can’t be considered as new games. Sony still have to offer original game to satisfy player.

    Look at N3DS, there are Mario Kart 7, New Super Mario bros., Monster Hunter 3G and Monster Hunter 4. Vita needs more games.

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    1. Kizu’s avatar

      Dude, just chill out. All amazing Vita games will be out next year. Such titles as Monster hunter, Phantasy star online 2, Naruto, and much more.

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      1. AF’s avatar

        If they make a solid Naruto or Bleach game, I’ll be a very happy camper. Would even import if I had to

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        1. E’s avatar

          I agree COMPLETELY. I am waiting for a good Bleach (would even settle for a Soul Ressurreccion port), Naruto, and DBZ game. I would never put my Vita down lol

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      2. E’s avatar

        Do not forget Final Fantasy, which was announced and confirmed a few weeks ago.

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  7. Crimson’s avatar

    New Monster Hunter games & new RPG games for vita!!!!

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  8. starfall05’s avatar

    from what i understand in the announcement of sony before, if you have ps+ subsription, it is applicable for both your ps3 and ps vita consoles, then how can you say its not worth on the vita if you’re having already having freebies on ur ps3 then they will give you additional freebies for your vita!

    however i do hope they will have a reasonable pricing for ps+ when it comes out for ps vita

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    1. stOneskull’s avatar

      i guess the question is directed more at vita owners who do not own a ps3. in the europe store there are a few $1 off deals and one free game (playable while a subscriber) which is the psp title ‘stardust delta portable’.. this was probably chosen because of the remake into a vita game. i think there is no question that ps+ will become great value for money for a vita owner who is not also a ps3 owner.. just that the owner of both systems gets extraordinary value.

      i think it’s also worth mentioning that subscribers also get the benefits on their psp as well. for example, i was able to download the ‘stardust delta portable’ game for free onto my psp from the ps store.

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  9. mannyshame’s avatar

    I already have Plus, for the PS3, now having for the vita its a bonus, will there be good free games avalable, not realy shore, would it be worth the money having only a vita problably not.

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  10. gunblade’s avatar

    i had plus with my ps3 last month and i was getting discounts and bundles on ps3 n vita games got startdust for free there was also discounts on vita games. hope they get free psp game.

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  11. Stained Pupil’s avatar

    PS Plus isn’t that expensive, but is it worth it on the vita?

    The fact tha most people that owns a vita owns a PS3 (note here I said most, and not all) you will get a lot from the PS Plus subscription.

    Yeah they might push a few games from the PSP and PS1, but they’ll surely get free Vita games as well.

    The fact is I feel it might not be as valued as the PS3 since it gets more content and that it can be shared with the other users in your houshold, I would probably not subscribe only on Vita. But since I subscribed this summer on the PS3, it just adds value to my current offer.

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  12. Gat’s avatar

    I would like fall out ne or fall oût 3 for PSv

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  13. Aaron’s avatar

    The vita needs more titles I find myself looking every week for a new title
    Only to find the same old games I’m not one to download from the PSN
    For the simple fact the cost of the memory cards I only have a 4 gig card
    So I only like to buy the hard copy of the games

    SONY drop the price of your memory cards
    Bring out more titles
    Then you mite find that the vita could be the best on the market

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  14. anty0222’s avatar

    Price is a big problem.Hope cheaper.

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  15. Brandondavis071281’s avatar

    The reason the vita didnt sale was because it was released after christmas

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  16. iownaBLACKVITA’s avatar

    What if you own both consoles. Do you have to purchase the same game twice i.e PlayStation all stars battle Royal and others . Will they offer a discount at least?!

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    1. darksmile’s avatar

      No, if you buy PS3 version you get PSV version as psn dl for free

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  17. Leires’s avatar

    To be honest..I feel sony needs a large wake-up call. They need to stop treating their customers like we’re parasites. They need to add new things, not remove them. They need to give us freedom, man. Your things are going to be hacked sony. You can’t stop it no matter what you do. Take this inevitability and continue pushing forward. The average joe schmo who buys your handhelds are interested in what it can do, not if it can be hacked. Believe it or not, albeit the number is growing, people don’t really know they can, or are afraid to, hack their consoles and things. The ones that do generally are willing to buy the item -just- for the possibilities hacking unlocks. When you take away from customers who don’t understand why their feature was removed, you’re -making- people want to defy you. OtherOS was barely even tapped into for a hack, and you went apeshit and removed it. What did this do? It made people want to defy you. And defy they did. You removed backwards compatibility. I understand that it costs a lot to have that extra hardware, but now that it’s been years and the technology isn’t so expensive, why not release a console with BC again? Why do you insist on insulting your customers? The PSP had it’s own proprietary memory card that could -only- be used in your products -and- used to cost more per space than an average SD card. Why? You continually bend over the customer at every chance and really, i’m sure it’s not just me, but we’re getting sick of it. You’re charging us 30 freaking dollars for 4GB of memory? Are you insane? 32GB for 100? You can get a 32GB SDHC that likely runs faster for 30$. You hype up your handheld, boast of it’s specs, and then show us nothing we can do with it. No games that push the limits, hell, no stand-out games at -all-. Where did you go wrong, sony? Betamax, that rootkit thing on your CDs, removing feature after feature on your consoles, suing your userbase for looking at a video..You need to wake up Sony. Wake up and smell the ashes.

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    1. KnuxxyPoo’s avatar

      tl;dr

      Haha just kidding but yeah I agree that Sony definitely needs to fix some of things. I’m not too big on the Sony home console scene, so I’m legitimately shocked to hear they removed backwards compatibility. Especially that memory thing. The pricing on memory for the VITA is completely ridiculous. I don’t care how cheap your console is if your memory is priced outrageously high.

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      1. stOneskull’s avatar

        the memorystick on the psp eventually got generic versions and then the adapter to use two microSD cards.. enabling 64GB in a psp… i hope it isn’t too long for a similar thing on the vita..

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    2. raymond hemphill’s avatar

      you talk just like GEORGE Hotz aka geohotz talking about “Sue me” on YouTube video that I don’t know if it is still there

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    3. E’s avatar

      Actually, Memory Stick ProDuo could be used in other products (especially with an adapter), granted many (not all) of those were Sony products. Go figure, right? lol But I agree with you. The things these companies take away is like slapping we, the consumers, right across the face. Do they realize how much most of us True avid gamers would pay to have a Backwards Compatible console? I personally would pay a lot. I mean, I say release two versions of your next gen console: one normal version and a limit supply of backwards compatible versions. If those sell then keep making more. Business sense seems to have escaped so many gaming software companies and been replaced by Dictators who really care little about the ppl they are supposedly making these things for. And do not get me started on the things they DO bring to us but never fully introduce (like Cross-Controller). Sony is just a huge tease

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  18. CNPalmer’s avatar

    I’ve “reaped” the benefits of the PS+ subscription service for 2+ years now. IMO, it’s had it’s ups & downs over it’s current lifecycle.

    The pro’s I’ve found were many discounts offered off full price games, free 1 hour trial period for many marquee titles, a variable selection of free titles including mini’s, full PSN exclusives and PS3 releases, many free avatars & dynamic themes were thrown in as well.

    The con’s I’ve seen are you don’t get any preview of what titles may be discounted or offered for free in later weeks, I understand the business model behind the service but I’ve been burned 2x on buying a new PSN releases only to have them offered as free games thru PS+ several weeks later (it’s essentially the cost for being an “early adopter” I suppose). I also don’t like the fact that you cannot apply a discount to a title you choose. It would be nice if they offered a weekly 5% coupon and/or a monthly 15% coupon off any title you choose in the storefront, it would make purchases more flexible and probably increase impulse buys from a lot of people.

    I also like the fact that the subscription includes essentially cross-platform support for soon to be released Vita content I don’t have to pay extra for.

    I would suggest to Sony that if they wanted to increase their revenue stream they apply a tiered approach to the service similar to the following…
    - PS3 Playstation+ Service – $39.99/yr or $5.00/month
    - PSP/PSV Playstation+ Service – $19.99/yr or $3.00/month
    - Cross-Platform Playstation+ Service – $49.99/yr or $6.00/month

    This would allow customers to choose which platform/content interests them most as well as provide a flexible arrangement for adding on content from one platform or another on a monthly basis as necessary.

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    1. E’s avatar

      Seriously dude, this is an amazing approach. I would definitely get behind (and have more confidence in) Sony offerings if they did it like this. You should seriously consider sending this to Sony. May not accomplish anything but you never know. :)

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  19. lol’s avatar

    GAMES ARE NOT FREE IF YOUR PAYING A MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION DERPS!!!!! :)

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  20. raymond hemphill’s avatar

    I say net there stock market is very very low compared to last year. If they did they might go broke.

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  21. VitaBoy’s avatar

    i still dont undestand how sony can be so stupid , how many PS2 Games are right now? 3,000 ? maybe more , a lot of good RPG , fighting games , etc . WHY I CANT PLAY PS2 LIBARY ON MY VITA ?

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    1. ALLEN2’s avatar

      You can. But only in Japan. Google it. PS2 Classics for vita in japan.

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      1. E’s avatar

        They are punishing americans is all. It is our fault for dropping an atom bomb on them. Now they are getting us back through price drops, better games, and extra offerings exclusive to Japan. I mean, UMDpassport program ONLY in Japan? REALLY Sony??? Do they know how many UMDs I have lol

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  22. dimy93’s avatar

    Big titles need more support in +
    For example SOny launched a preorder ps+ for the big november titles like Most wanted and AC 3 – why they didn’t do the same with PSV’s still remains puzzling to me

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  23. Pirate Cat’s avatar

    We didn’t get a PS2 emulator (that worked) on the PS3, why do people think the Vita can run one?

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  24. SsJVasto’s avatar

    Well, up ’till now, the most worthwile thing I got on PSVita thanks to PlaystationPlus is access to Playstation All-Stars Battle-Royale on PSVita… Other than that, I’ve barely even seen any discounts on games or anything…

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  25. Mr. Jack’s avatar

    The only problem I have is that playstation plus is the same as Renting a game from the store since you can only play it as long as you are a member of Playstation Plus.

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    1. stOneskull’s avatar

      then don’t be a member.. simple

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  26. z3’s avatar

    Concidering that this stack on top of the PS+ offer on PS3, for me it definitelly worth it. I’ve been very happy with PS+ on PS3, so getting it for “free” on Vita (no extra charge from what i pay for PS+ on PS3) is really great in my opinion :)

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  27. Chocogow’s avatar

    NOTE THE EXPLOITABLE GAME HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE US STORE IF YOU DINT BUY IT YOUR TO LATE

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    1. stOneskull’s avatar

      so.. that.. was that..

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  28. Osty’s avatar

    Lower PSV titles games!! and the sales will rise up.

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    1. Norml’s avatar

      Mortal Kombat only did that, so fat chance.
      sad

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  29. Norml’s avatar

    Plus seems worth it for the VITA games, but the Vita has no games.

    Ps1 and PSP only have a few worth while games(in the ps1 case, they’ll never be on the PSN).

    So a no go, especially with ONLINE passes, they’re doing double jeopardy once you buy PLUS.

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    1. xSpectrum’s avatar

      I’ve gotten a couple PS3 games over plus that have an online pass, those were included.

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  30. Stiffeno’s avatar

    I will probably never get PS+ on any console, just a waste of money imo! And if you truely do lose access to things you have already downloaded when you un-sub, then thats the final nail in the coffin for me!

    I won’t be getting it for my launch Vita, nor any console for that matter :)

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  31. jamesssss’s avatar

    I love how “automatic trophy updating” is a feature of PSN+, wtf shouldn’t that just be part of the Vita full stop? it seems archaic to have to go in to the trophy system manually and update it.

    Typical Sony, charge you for features that should be free! I can’t remember having to do that on my old Xbox 360 I think if I remember correctly it just happened automatically!!

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    1. P’s avatar

      You’re shitting me right? The 360 makes you pay to go online at all, and it charges more than PS+ for that “privilege”

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  32. ALLEN2’s avatar

    Failed cash cow is failed. Sony dont become like faggotvision or EA Shit.

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  33. E’s avatar

    So, I just bought my PS3 about 3 weeks ago (White Slim2 500gb) and I got the one that came with a year of free PS+. I have to say before getting this free year I would have never purchased it. Why would I pay $50 for something like that? But after having experienced it, i absolutely love it! The fact that it covers both PS3 purchases AND Vita is just amazing. I have gotten games for free that I wanted for the Vita but did not want to pay $40 for. The only drawback is that once your subscription lapses you can not play what you have downloaded until it is renewed, but $50 a YEAR is really not all that bad at all considering. I now have a very impressive library of games for my Vita and PS+ i partially to thank. I only wish they would update it more often but, I understand why they do not. Obviously if every other week, they offered something new, ppl could abuse it. All-in-all I enjoy PS Plus. Could be better but it is really up to us, the consumers, to make that happen by making our voices heard by Sony.

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