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Sony Considering PlayStation Plus Bonuses & Reward Tiers?

Jonathan Lester
Playstation Plus, Rewards, Rumour

Sony Considering PlayStation Plus Bonuses & Reward Tiers?

An interesting survey suggests that Sony may be considering implementing a selection of different subscription levels for PlayStation Plus, each offering different perks and incentives. Free day-one releases and Call Of Duty: Elite subscription have been suggested as possible rewards.

According to IGN, Sony has been polling PS Plus customers to see what extra rewards they'd like to see from their subscription service. The survey presents a number of differently-priced tiers and asks participants to choose which they'd prefer - many of which include free, day-one, full versions of PS3 games rather than just PSN and PSOne releases.

For example, one potential option would cost users $7.99 per month, providing 61 'A' grade games per year including one free full PS3 game. A $10 option would provide 80 'B' to 'C' grade games per year, though ten full PS3 titles would be made available on an annual basis (providing they're over a year old). Other potential plans include free Call Of Duty: Elite subscriptions. Essentially, many of these plans would function like an all-inclusive game rental service on top of providing discounts and early access to trials.

Of course, this is all in the hypothetical brainstorming stages at the moment, but it's an interesting statement of intent. Could Sony be looking to offer a range of paid PSN subscriptions to supplement regular free membership and PS Plus? We'll have to wait and see.

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darkspark88  May. 2, 2012 at 13:35

It seems that Sony is desperate to create a revenue stream as lucrative to them as Xbox Live, if not more so. Of course Live is brilliant as it is, but competition always makes things better...mostly.

r3tract  May. 2, 2012 at 19:28

Please, please, please start producing your own news stories rather regurgitating news from other websites.

Also if you are going to produce 2nd hand news articles at least get your facts correct!

"For example, one potential option would cost users $7.99 per month, providing 61 'A' grade games per year and one free PS3 game per week"

Try reading the table again and you might spot your gross error!

JonLester  May. 2, 2012 at 19:40

@r3tract: I've changed the wording, many thanks.

"Regurgitating?" I'm not sure I follow. We always cite sources when appropriate - it's standard practice. Otherwise, we usually get our news directly from developers, publishers, PR companies or our own content (interviews, questions, research etc).

Last edited by JonLester, May. 2, 2012 at 19:51
r3tract  May. 3, 2012 at 08:16

Granted, that might have been a little harsh. It's just irritating to see so many stories appear a few days later on Dealspwn that I have read previously on another gaming news publisher's web site. This is especially the case whereby the whole news story you publish is wholly based upon another web sites' articles such as this one.

I do enjoy the interviews you get and your reviews, which is why I'm still and here and not commenting on IGN/GameSpot et al. It would just be nice to see more of your own insights into the gaming world, giving us your own subjective take on things not just always sticking to the same stories that, as I've already said, others have already published.


fanpages  May. 3, 2012 at 08:23

Jonathan: Have you seen this summary of tier-based services from August 2010?

[ http://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/ps3-sega-leaked-document-474386?p=8472412 ]



MattGardner  May. 3, 2012 at 14:20

@r3tract: Important to make the distinction between "news" and "comment". We try not to editorialise too much in our news posts, though we will occasionally call out glaring topics, particularly when it comes to consumer concerns.

We do try to present regular comment pieces as well for larger topics, but the fact is that it's important to keep them slightly separate.

As for sourcing, well, as Jon said, we get a lot of our material directly from developers, publishers, and PR companies themselves, but we do look to our peers for reports and tasty quotes too. If we think there's a quote we've missed that might spark some debate, damn straight we'll consider posting it. Moreover, we're regularly to be found in amongst the comments, posting ourselves.

We've also started to use the podcast to discuss snippets from the week's news far more subjectively and informally than before, and it is my hope that such discussions can be followed up with more precise comment pieces relating to the material, as we did this past week regarding shooters. Furthermore, from this week we'll be asking the community for questions, topics, or any other queries they'd like to see discussed in further podcasts (in a sort of Mailbox section), to be continued weekly.

So we are in the process of upping our comment content output, and it's good to know that there's a demand for it :)


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