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Sony doubles PS Plus free game entitlement

Subscribers now get two free PS4 games a month

As the PlayStation Plus subscription service approaches its fourth anniversary, Sony has decided to celebrate by doubling the number of free PlayStation 4 games available to its members.

Starting in June, PS Plus subscribers will be entitled to two free PS4 games a month from the Instant Game Collection, without question the most alluring feature on the service. It will also make two free games available for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita owners.

Initially conceived as a sweetener for consumers as Sony searched for a revenue stream similar to that Microsoft earned from Xbox Live subscriptions, the offer of free games through PS Plus has become an essential part of the appeal of Sony's platforms.

At a corporate strategy meeting earlier this month, CEO Kaz Hirai claimed that half of all PlayStation 4 owners have subscribed to the service.

And Microsoft is not blind to the success - and status - Sony has enjoyed as a result. It launched a competing service, Games With Gold, on Xbox Live in July 2013, but the early months were defined as much by criticism as by praise, largely down to the age of the content on offer.

In March this year, Microsoft's Phil Spencer promised significant improvements to the service in the near future.

Source: PlayStation Blog.

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Matthew Handrahan European Deputy Editor, GamesIndustry.biz2 years ago
That wasn't too clear. Thanks for the comment.
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Matthew Bennett 3D Engine developer, Sitedesk2 years ago
Goodness I love Companies constantly trying to one up each other... consumers benefit so much from it.
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 2 years ago
Right now, PSN is too good of a deal to ignore... I know, because I ignored it for many many years. Now that I subscribe to it I dont regret it one bit. And I hardly play online games. So Im not a member because I have to.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd2 years ago
Yeah I subscribed to PS+ long before it was required to play online on my PS4, and I've been blown away by Sony's level of support for the service. The games are curated extremely well, and while they aren't always huge hits they are always good games. They'll have my support for the foreseeable future. I'm excited to see if Microsoft steps up as well, especially since the reduced price has but the Xbox One back on my radar this year.
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