PlayStation Plus is Sony's very own subscription-based service. With a fee of only $17.99/3 months or $49.99/year, you gain access to a wide variety of free and discounted content. Among the selection is free psn, mini, ps one, and the occassional ps3 game as well as free 1hr game trials for any and all full-length PS3 games on the PlayStation Store. The later feature not only gives us a peek at what retail titles are coming to the Store during that month, but also a nice one hour, hands-on experience of the title in question, this could either make or break the sale for that developer. While these features are good, and well worth the asking price, expanding upon the offerings could attract a broader audience to Sony's service. This new survey, found by IGN, may give us a peek at what new features are coming to PlayStation Plus.
The image above details what could be three new subscription plans for PlayStation Plus. These three choices include your current features - except choice 2 which omits the free PS1 and arcade games - along with some newer ones, namely full blu-ray games. What this means is that new games (as detailed by the third option) or older games will be available to download throughout the year.
In the case of the third option, only one game will be available, whereas with options 1 and 2 you are getting up to 15 games throughout the year. With such a wealth of full-retail games, a price increase would be needed, which you can find on the bottom part of the feature grid. While the price increase would be mostly justifiable, the third option seems like it'd be the most valuable.
With the third option, you're still getting a full-retail game, with the best feature of them all; discounts on ALL DLC and Games from the PlayStation Store. What this means is that instead of waiting for a developer to give Sony the "OK" to discount a title, Sony can willingly do it for all games and DLC when they want to. While this discount could cause a discrepancy in the pricing structure of future games - the base price could see an increase so that your discount would seem to be more than it would pre-option 3 - DLC that typically retails at a standard price i.e. $15/map pack for COD would now be cheaper on PSN than any other online service. Using this method, Sony could attract more customers to their service, and in turn gain more revenue from the added subscriber base.
All in all, these changes are welcome, and I would personally like to see any of them, most notably option 3 though, to be implemented in the near future.
New Survey Details What Could Be A Revamp of PlayStation Plus
As I already said, i approve of Option 3.