Why Playstation plus is actually better for casual gamers
Update: lots of people are asking me how I purchase my US PS+ membership without being overcharged by shady businesses, while not living in the US: I use Amazon, to buy digital PSN Codes from abroad, then I buy the PS+ membership from the PSN with those credits. I could buy the PS+ membership directly on Amazon, but I found that I avoid being taxed twice by doing it this way.
When I didn’t have a Playstation Plus account, I assumed it was a program for hardcore gamers. As the name seemed to imply, it’s a premium compared to the regular playstation experience: more stuff has to be for the people who want more than what the regular experience offers.
After having been subscribed to Playstation Plus for more than a year now, I realize Playstation Plus is actually not really for hardcore gamers. Actually, if it weren’t for online play on the PS4, I’d pretend Playstation Plus is much more of a better deal for casual gamers (and I guess I’m part of this category, although I prefer to call myself a retired hardcore gamer).
To share a simple story: I have never spent so few money on my videogame hobby than since I have subscribed to PS+. And yet I have never had such a huge backlog of games to play.
As the owner of a PS3, a PS4, and a vita, I get at least 6 “free” games every month from Sony, through my PS plus subscription. That’s 72 games a year, for $50. Yes, some of them I don’t like. I try them for 15 minutes, and I give up. But $50 is the average price of 2, maybe 3 discounted games. And I can pretty much guarantee that there’s more than 3 games I enjoy in the 72 games I get. PS+ is objectively a very god deal.
I’ll be clear, I almost don’t buy any games any more, I’d rather play the “free” ones, the exception being for the one awesome game of the year I couldn’t wait to play. I checked: I’ve spent 4 times less on games in 2014 than in 2013. And the main reason is that I joined PS+ in 2014. (The other reason is that I switched to a US PSN account at the end of 2013. US Games are way cheaper)
The PS+ free game library is not really for the hardcore gamer, because the games are never the ones you are waiting for. But for the casual gamer with an interest in discovering new stuff like me, it’s a great opportunity. Yes, there are lots of indie games in there. And why shouldn’t they be here? Many of those are gems I wouldn’t have discovered if it wasn’t for the Playstation Plus free games. Sony knows that hardcore gamers will buy their favorite game no matter what, so there is little incentive for them to actually put those in the PS+ program.
So my piece of advice, if you’re a casual gamer (or a retired hardcore gamer like me), is to give a try to Playstation Plus. Despite its name, it is actually a better value for casual gamers than for hardcore gamers. It’s actually a great deal for casual gamers.
I am sure Sony are well aware of this. Recently they announced a few AAA titles coming through PS+ in December and January, and that is probably also why PS+ is required for online gaming on the PS4. If I were to guess, I’d say it’s a clever way of making PS+ more attractive to their hardcore audience.
Are you a PS+ member? How do you like it?