1 Year of PS Plus subscription nets you more than $1300 worth of games
This caught the intertubes’ attention a few days ago: Reddit user A-Dark-Injection posted a summary of all games that PS Plus subscribers could get for free over the past 12 months, and the total value of these games (assuming the PSN full price at the time the games were med available on PS+) was more than $1300. $1354.76 to be precise.
You can check the list of all PS+ free games from the past 12 months, and their prices as checked by A-Dark-Injection below.
Playstation Plus is a no brainer
This list resonates with a few articles I wrote about Playstation plus before: “Piracy just doesn’t make sense anymore” and Why playstation plus is actually better for casual gamers. PS Plus is a subscription based membership from Sony that gives you, among other things, 6 free games per month: 2 games on the PS Vita, 2 games on the PS3, 2 games on the PS4.
Playstation Plus costs $49.99 per year, and you can regularly find discounts. If you’re already in the Sony ecosystem like I am (I have all 3 consoles), PS+ is basically a no brainer. It is of more questionable value if you only have one Sony console, in particular the PS Vita.
Are Playstation Plus games prices inflated?
A-Dark-Injection posted additional details on all games to explain how the prices are being calculated:
The platform totals include all games for each platform (the monthly 2 games + Cross-Buy versions). That’s why the sum of the platform totals is higher than the total value.
American PS+ subscribers received 2 more PS3 (retail)games: Sly Cooper – Thieves in Time (June 2014) and Dragon’s Crown (August 2014). Sly Cooper was offered to European subscribers in April 2014 and is therefore not listed on this image. Only the Vita version of Dragon’s Crown was part of the European PS+.
Dragon’s Crown isn’t a Cross-Buy game, but both the PS3 and PS Vita version were offered to American PS+ subscribers. Therefore the monthly dollar total for August includes the prices of both versions (PS3: $49.99/PS Vita: $39.99).
Rainbow Moon isn’t a Cross-Buy game, but the Cross-Save bundle, which includes both the PS3 and PS Vita version of the game, was offered to PS+ subscribers. Therefore the monthly total for October includes the bundle’s price ($22.49/€19.99/£15.99). The PS3’s and PS Vita’s platform total includes the game’s regular price (each $14.99/€12.99/£9.99).
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth isn’t a Cross-Buy game, but both the PS4 and PS Vita version were offered to PS+ subscribers. Therefore the monthly total for November includes the prices of both versions (each $14.99/€14.99/£11.99).
Spelunky released with PS+ on PS4, therefore it’s counted as a new release. The PS3 and PS Vita version were already available and aren’t counted as new releases.
InFamous: First Light is only available as a retail title in Europe, so technically American PS+ subscribers only received 1 PS4 retail title.
German subscribers received Gravity Crash Ultra (PS Vita, €6.99) instead of Duke Nukem 3D Megaton Edition (PS3/PS Vita, €9.99).
With Woah Dave!’s PS4 release in April, the game was offered again to PS+ subscribers. The game’s price is only included in January’s total.
[minis] Mighty Flip Champs! DX (PS3/PSP/PS Vita, $5.99) was offered as an extra to American PS+ members. It’s not included in the image overview.
The PS3 and PS Vita (still in development) version of Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee – New ‘n’ Tasty are counted as new releases.
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee – New ‘n’ Tasty launched in Europe originally at €20.99/£17.99. With the PS3 version’s release the price was changed to €19.99/£14.99. The original price is used in the calculations.
But are the games we received this year really worth $1300? People are questioning that fact. Although this list properly reflects the asking price on the PSN, it is not uncommon to find physical versions of these games for much cheaper than what the PSN is asking for (the cost of convenience?).
There’s also the fact that you probably won’t play all the games (reducing the actual value for you), and some people in the reddit thread have been complaining about the asking price for Indie games such as Tower of Guns or OlliOlli ($19.99 each)
you can’t slap 19,99€ on something like Tower of Guns or Olli Olli and act like this is a fair price. Yes, it is the price it claims to be on the PS Store, but no one in the right mind would pay this much. Those are games you can play for free on Kongregate (DennisWillis, reddit user)
At about $4 a month though, you can’t really go wrong, you’ll get your money’s worth if you have 2 or more of Sony’s consoles. With a total value of $1354, each dollar you spent on PS+ gives you back $27 worth of games, talk about exchanging dimes for quarters! That kind of value is a no brainer for me, and I’ve explained before how I’ve reduced my gaming costs thanks to PS+.
At the end of the day, it’s up to you and how you enjoy gaming though. Are you a PS+ member? Do you feel it’s a good deal?