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Sony doubles PS Plus free game entitlement

Sony doubles PS Plus free game entitlement

Fri 30 May 2014 7:23am GMT / 3:23am EDT / 12:23am PDT
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Subscribers now get two free PS4 games a month

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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.

4 Comments

Matthew Handrahan
Staff Writer

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That wasn't too clear. Thanks for the comment.

Posted:4 months ago

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Matthew Bennett
3D Engine developer

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Goodness I love Companies constantly trying to one up each other... consumers benefit so much from it.

Posted:4 months ago

#2

Rick Lopez
Illustrator, Graphic Designer

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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.

Posted:4 months ago

#3

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

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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.

Posted:4 months ago

#4

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