Having seen many Sony E3 press conferences in the past, I’ve seen a lot of announcements and changes that I have not been happy with. From the PS3 price point, to the first move demonstration, thankfully there have been a lot of good things to keep me satisfied with Sony. The same is true this year; despite the times that Sony disappoints me they always impress me too.
I tell you this because I don’t this to be seen as a reason to hate the entire press conference Sony presented for E3, but rather my issue with one aspect of it that is both disappointing and to be completely honest…disgusting.
Rumors that PlayStation Plus were about to get an overhaul or change floated around the net for days before E3 got underway. Discussion of what these changes would be were on everyone’s mind and even discussed during two of our podcast. We thought about changes in price and service, to new features being brought to Plus, and even changes that may even regard the PlayStation 4.
Of course this is not something I can knock on Sony for, even if there was not a PlayStation Plus announcement I would have no one to blame but the acceptance of rumors. However the like on the other hand, of what was announced is 12 free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers.
This is not what Sony should be doing with PlayStation Plus. For a content based service it makes sense to offer “Content” however it feels like Sony is trying too hard to get people to join PlayStation Plus and are using free games to buy people into their service. This decision by Sony, to me, looks fake, cheesy, and poorly constructed. This is because after all the things Sony already has for PlayStation Plus, the deals and amazing games and features that are already a part of it, So to sell it to the people who are still on the fence about PlayStation Plus, the other side of the coin needs to be faced.
PlayStation Plus already has the content, what it could use more of are the features. As Jack stated during the press conference, PlayStation Plus has already offered thousands of dollars’ worth of content. I understand that PlayStation Plus is already replete with many features as well, but from the people I have talked to and the general reason many PSN users are still debating PlayStation Plus is because it doesn’t “enhance” their gaming experience but rather gives them new experiences. What this discussion comes down to is a debate of quality over quantity and Sony has taken the quantity side in a move that did not come over well for me at all.
What makes this decision worse is the fact that inFamous 2 and Just Cause 2 are still on sale for massive deals, so people who bought into those deals and had plus are basically getting the middle finger. Additionally the fact that Sony gave everyone who was at E3 a full year subscription to PlayStation Plus was yet another example of Sony buying customers into PlayStation Plus. Is this latest Plus push working to get enough people onto a service that will be required for PlayStation 4?