You get to keep everything except the one big name title. Minis, DLC, avatars, themes, PSX games, etc. all stay.
I beg to differ. You keep everything IF you keep a subscription going with PS+. I've listed just a few examples below, but every site detailing PS+ mentioned that you only keep the free games IF you stay subscribed. So in a month once the free month is up you'll lose all the content you're getting from Sony. No deal.
From last year(multiple sources) when PS+ launched:
The June 29 premiere of PlayStation plus is getting closer, and Sony has now detailed all the bonus content that subscribers will receive when it kicks off. Though Sony outlined some features at its E3 press conference, the mass of content coming with the plan might convert a few skeptics. GamesIndustry.biz outlines Sony's plan to catch subscribers.
The four free games per month include a PlayStation Network game, two PSP minis, and one PS1 classic. The first month will bring Wipeout HD, Fieldrunners, Age of Zombies, and Destruction Derby. Those four games, and the subsequent monthly games, will be accessible as long as a subscription is kept, and can be reaccessed if a user subscribes again after letting it lapse.
Other monthly bonuses include two dynamic themes, two premium avatars, and downloadable content. Dynamic Little Big Planet and PlayStation "Game is Just the Start" themes will be available at the start, along with two Fat Princess avatars, and DLC from Killzone 2.
New 20-50% discounts will be offered every month. In the first month that means half-price God of War and LocoRoco costume packs for Little Big Planet, and 20% off Gravity Crash and Fat Princess.
Demos and beta trials will be offered to Plus users before other PlayStation 3 players, and full game trials will allow users to play a game for a pre-set time before buying. Shatter and Savage Moon will be the first two set for full-game trials. Plus users will also be able to automatically download firmware updates, game updates, and demos when the system is in standby mode. Demos for the first month will include Heavy Rain and ModNation Racers.
As previously reported, all of this will cost $17.99 for a three-month subscription, or $49.99 for an annual subscription. It looks like Sony is trying to kick off the service with a bang by including quite a bit of content for the first update, so we'll have to see how the company follows through in subsequent months.
One bonus that has been announced for Europe, but not the U.S., is a free digital copy of Little Big Planet for users who sign up for a full year between June 29 and August 3. Unlike the monthly games included in Plus membership, Little Big Planet will belong to users even if they unsubscribe. Sony Computer Entertainment America hasn't announced any similar free giveaways of full games, but we'll keep you posted if they do.
Kotaku AU: http://www.kotaku.co...aystation-plus/
Sony’s premium PlayStation Network service launches tomorrow. For $69.95 per year, you get access to a selection of games, demos, themes, discounts and other downloadables. Do you think it’s worth it? I don’t.
PlayStation Plus is a new tier that sits above the existing PlayStation Network. Current PSN members will continue to get everything they currently get for free, including online gameplay. However, PlayStation Plus subscribers get more stuff on top of that for the duration of their subscription.
When it launches on June 29, you can purchase a yearly subscription for $69.95 or a 90-day subscription for $20.95.
According to the EU PlayStation Blog, you get:
Month 1: June 29 – August 3
* Intro offer: LittleBigPlanet (standard edition)
* PSN PS3: Wipeout HD
* minis: Field Runners, Age of Zombies
* PSone: Destruction Derby
* Full Game Trial: Shatter, Savage Moon
* Discounts: LittleBigPlanet God of War Pack – 50%, LittleBigPlanet: LocoRoco costume pack – 50%, Gravity Crash – 20%, Fat Princess DLC – 20%
* Premium Game Element: KillZone 2: Steel & Titanium DLC
* Push Demo: ModNation Racers, Heavy Rain
* Themes: LBP Theme, SCEE produced: PlayStation “Game Is Just The Start” Dynamic Theme
* 2 x Fat Princess Premium Avatars
Month 2: August 4 – September 1
* PSN PS3: Zen Pinball
* minis: Blast-Off, Alien Zombie Death
* PSone: Medievil
* Full Game Trial: Inferno Pool, Mushroom Wars
* Discounts: Zen Pinball Earth Defence Table – 20%, Warhawk Triple Combo Pack – 50%, Super Stardust HD – 20%, WipeOutHD Fury – 20%
* Premium Game Elements: Motorstorm Pacific Rift: Adrenaline Pack
* Push Demo: Flower, Pixel Junk Shooter
* Themes: SCEE produced: PlayStation + Dynamic Theme (in production), Heavy Rain Crime Scene Theme
* 2 x Heavy Rain Avatars (Bird and Butterfly)
Sony is promising one PS3 game, two minis and one PSone game each month. Which is around $15-25 value every month, assuming you have interest in the monthly selections. It appears Sony will not be offering a choice of titles here.
The “full game trial” sees you download an entire game (the first few are all quite small, thankfully) and play for an hour before deciding whether or not to purchase it. Think of it as a full-featured but time-limited demo.
Sony is also promising “early access” to beta tests and demos, an unsavoury practice we’ve been experiencing for some time now on Xbox Live where Gold members occasionally get a headstart on demos. Hopefully this won’t turn into basically charging PSN users for game demos.
And, yeah, you get a couple of themes and avatars.
For the first month there’s an introductory offer to download the full version of LittleBigPlanet. You will be able to keep this once your subscription expires.
Perhaps the most important information is this: All content games other than the LBP introductory offer, however, are only accessible while your subscription is valid. Let it expire and you won’t be able to play those downloadable games or use that theme or avatar.
Keep paying your $69.95 per year and you’ll be able to keep playing your “free” games. Stop paying for your “free” games and you won’t be able to play them.
Personally, I’m not convinced. I already own LittleBigPlanet and the couple of downloadable games that interest me in the first two months of offers. And I don’t care for the DLC. There’s nothing here that’s of value to me.
That’s the problem when you’re not charging people for a complete and consistent service.
Xbox Live is the same every month. Gold members know what they’re paying for: a superior online gaming and social community. When Xbox Live changes, it changes for everyone. And it retains its value from month to month.
PlayStation Plus is different every month. As I said, there’s no value in it for me over the first two months. Maybe in September I’ll want all the downloadable games and that 90-day subscription will seem like a good deal. Or maybe September won’t have anything of interest either.
When I pay for Xbox Live today, I can rely on it being just as good in 12 months’ time. I can’t rely on PlayStation Plus being worth my while from month to month, let alone for 12 months. I’m essentially speculating that Sony will deliver over $70 worth of content I want to play over that time. I’d rather know what I’m paying for.
Sorry, Sony, but no thank you.