Sony is making their now necessary Playstation Plus membership more enticing with adding Bioshock Infinite to its roster of games made available for free for their premium membership. The Playstation Store is also hosting a “14 for 14” sale where over a dozen of their blockbuster and indie titles have steep discounts for members and non-members alike. Coming from a Steam Sale veteran like myself, this actually looks like a good deal.
I’m of a mixed mind about premium memberships. Xbox Live and Playstation Plus are services you’ll need to pay for on top of a regular internet connection, essentially charging the customer twice to play online from two different sources. Part of me understands the necessity for charging for specialized console servers and infrastructure due to Xbox Live’s and Playstation Plus’ large player bases. I get that. Business need to make money, yadda yadda yadda. Thank you, Professor. But coming from a PC gamer background, it seems alien to me to have to pay to play on a dedicated server when I already have an internet connection. There’s a big dissonance there for me.
I’m happy than Sony is making an effort to offset that dissonance for me by offering 20 full games on their various systems for free if you decide to sign up. Let’s do the math, it’s $50 per year, which is about $4 a month. Doesn’t sound like much when you think about it that way. That’s one latte a month to play Killzone Shadowfall online. Since Playstation Plus members get steeper discounts on games bought at their store, it’s a good deal if you’re a Playstation 3 or 4 player. I can tell you right now, it’s a much better deal that Xbox Live.
But the issue is that it’s only a good deal because if you’re on the Playstation, you don’t have a choice. I’m always watchful of the ways publishers and manufacturers try to creep into our wallets in insidious ways, and for me, Sony is doing it the right way by offering games that people actually want, sales they’ll come back for, and services they’ll use.