Premium subscription service available next week for Sony's new portable at $18 for three months or $50 for the year.
PlayStation Vita owners can sign up for PlayStation Plus next week, Sony announced today. The premium subscription service will launch November 19 through the v2.00 system update. Just like with the PlayStation 3 version, PS Vita owners can sign up for three months of PlayStation Plus for $18, or they can elect to subscribe for the entire year at $50.
Gamers who currently hold a PS3 PlayStation Plus subscription will not need to pay extra for access to the PS Vita version.
PlayStation Plus on the PS Vita will offer subscribers 1GB online storage for game saves, automatic updates, and Trophy syncing.
Additionally, members will gain access to Sony's Instant Game Collection, which includes the PS Vita games Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Jet Set Radio HD, WipeOut 2048, Gravity Rush, and Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, as well as the PSP title Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions.
PlayStation Plus launched in June 2010 for the PlayStation 3 with a $50 annual fee. The regular PlayStation Network service, which includes online multiplayer, has been free since the PS3 launched, and there are no announced plans to change that.
@pikadeth lol what damn you most have very slow internet connection I can download all that in under an hour
Awesome! Keep in mind that this is just under 8gb worth of games, so it might be time to upgrade your memory cards.
The first paragraph or this article made it sound like PS+ for the Vita and PS+ for the PS3 were separate things with separate costs. Reading it made me very angry.
I calmed down by the time I finished paragraph two though. LOL.
This is long overdue and great except for the additional, overpriced memory card I'm going to need to buy to hold all the free games.
I don't have a PS3, so someone please clear something up for me on how PS+ free games work. Are the free games yours forever once you download them, as if you bought them, or are they only playable for a month until they change the list the following month?
@ggregd Right. During the sales, there will be games offered for free for a limited time (usually a week or two). You can "purchase" the free game without downloading it. After that, you can download it at your leisure. Those games are downloadable and playable for as long as you're a PS+ subscriber. If your subscription lapses, you'll be cut off from your discounted games until you (a) re-new your PS+ subscription or (b) re-purchase those games at full price.
@ggregd you can play them for has long has you keep ps+ but any discounted games you get you keep them forever
@Lynn_Kyle I think it's more like a subscription renting service rather than letting you actually own the games. Not sure though.
@jark888 @Lynn_Kyle Technically, yes. If you have an active subscription, you can play the games you got free from PS Plus at any time. If you end your subscription, though, the games automatically lock themselves until you resume it. You "own" the games in the sense that they will be on your account permanently even if your subscription lapses.
Now if just the VIta was 50 bucks cheaper and includes a *decent* memory stick (or release an adapter or sorts, which I think is veeery unlikely) with the pack, I'd turn myself into a Sonyst 8D... and if Microsoft is smart enough, they better make a service like that in the future (or, at the very least, free online gaming) or else they won't hold well in the next years with just Kinect and Skyrim exclusives.
@TTDog lol you are calling this a problem
ps plus is still out??? thought sony would just give up and just charge for online gaming... thats the only way they wil make anymore.. when sony gave us 2 free games and 2 months free of ps plus i still havent installed my free games and i didnt even bother with the ps plus demos... sony fans that made fun of xbl for charging people 50 bucks a year then buy this rip off plan are just crazy imo.
@monson21502 right...the $50 a year isnt worth the 90+ free and not shovelware games at all...sike!
Why would you think that? PSNs free status is one of people's most favorite things about the PS3. That and Plus offers real value; not only do I have cloud saves (which is what I bought it for) but in the 3 1/2 months I've been a member I've downloaded something close to 10 or 11 free games. Am I crazy? I think not; for 10 dollars less than teh price of a new game I get a constant supply of free games plus the cloud saving I initially wanted. I will continue to subscribe to Plus because that's exactly what it is; Playstation PLUS
@monson21502 but unlike xbl gold ps+ is actually worth it and you are getting far more than just free games which let alone is more than worth it and all you are getting with xbl is the ability to play games online and to use netflix which you get for FREE on psn
Sony needs to better advertise their Plus service. It's almost too good of a deal to pass on at this point.
sony thinks they dont need it... they think people will walk in the stores and see their name on it and people will just buy it right away. they suck at naming stuff and they made it look too much like the psp. and they made it way to over priced. ps vita was still born system
@Fiscaldeal they need better advertisement period
I need to buy a bigger memory!!! this is awesome.
so email client html 5, java script, wireless sync, ps plus. with the market the way it is all this features should've been avaliable at day one, ps vita the hardware is impressive but sony needs to dedicate more effort in the software development, I don't mind waiting for softwares updates to see it growing like the ps3 has but not everybody thinks like me especially when it comes to mobile devices
@anticusho1984 plus it takes time to develop it or there was a problem and it took them a while to fix it or they never thought about doing that until after the system was released there are many reason on why it took so long
@shadowhunter0 at least they found a reason to do it, I hope this improvements help vita sales I wanna see more good games
the article almost makes it sound as if the service is totally separate for the Vita as it is for the PS3... they need to write better articles.. I know Sony is good at shooting themselves in the foot sometimes, but theres no way they would separate the services and charge for them separately...
It's awsome that they finally doing that. Cant wait for 19th. Sony made alot of PS3 and PSV owners happy. So far PS3 has given us some awsome titles for free Borderlands Bulletstorm Darksiders Infamous 1 and 2 LBP and many others and this month Crysis 2. I know Sony hasnt been doing so well lately but this is awsome. Thanks Sony
Does anyone know if the PSP version of FF: Tactics still lags on the Vita when casting summon spells? It was pretty bad on the PSP.
@chibi-acer I don't think running it on a different console makes a difference, since its an issue with the PSP version of the game itself. But I do know that the PSN version runs slightly smoother than the UMD version. I've never compared the two verisons myself, so I don't know how big of a difference there is, all I know there is one.
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