By Paul Hunter
Happy Birthday Canada -- and PlayStation Plus too apparently. Sony announced this week that their premium gaming service that offers PlayStation consumers access to early demo, free and discounted games, full game trails and more, has just turned one year old. To celebrate the occasion, Sony has decided to give new subscribers, and those wishing to renew their membership, additional bonus months for a limited time.
On now and lasting until July 11th, PlayStation users who go online and purchase a PlayStation Plus membership will get the following bonus time:
- Buy a 1 year subscription and get 3 bonus months
- Buy a 3 month subscription and get 1 bonus month
That's 15 months of premium PlayStation Plus membership for the price of 12 months for the annual subscription, or 4 months for the price of 3 months for the shorter-term subscription.
A one-year subscription to PlayStation Plus costs $49.99, and a three-month subscription costs $17.99. Subscriptions can be purchased by entering the PlayStation Store and payment can be made via credit card or through purchasing a pre-paid PSN card (see the $20 cards here, and $50 cards here on Futureshop.ca).
As an example of the benefits PlayStation Plus offers gamers, this week alone saw the release of the Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Multiplayer Beta (free and exclusive to PlayStation Plus), as well as 50% off games such as Dead Space Ignition, Deathspank, Shank, Tetris, and more.
Sony is always enhancing the premium online service and since launching it last year have added features including online game saves and automatic downloads.
According to Grace Chen, Director of the PlayStation Store, in the past year PlayStation Plus subscribers have been offered access to:
- More than 50 Free Games
- Over 100 Free DLC Items (Add-ons, Avatars, Themes)
- 170+ Discounts
- Over 100 Exclusives and Early Access items
- $800+ in Savings
That's a lot of goodies, Grace.
Source: PlayStation Blog
[This article originally appeared on the Future Shop Tech Blog]
Friday, July 1, 2011
By Paul Hunter