3) Competitive Value
Xbox has the disadvantage of having developed their service first, they don’t want to change and frankly don’t really need to. The millions of gamers that log onto their 360s and play shooters with friends using their Xbox Live Gold accounts are astounding. However, PlayStation makes a persuasive argument to consider switching. For zero cost, you can play games online with friends, use Hulu Plus and Netflix (if you are a subscriber to those services already) as well as a host of other features. Then, for roughly the same price as Gold, you can get Plus that includes a whole litany of bonuses that Gold members can’t even pretend to not be envious of (free games.) Call me a ‘fanboy’ if you want, but outside of the “established fans” I don’t see why people would be happy with their Gold memberships.
Clearly it costs money to maintain the breadth of content that Microsoft offers with Xbox Live Gold, so they have membership fees. But wait a second – if you look at the dashboard, is this a game console or an ad placement box? I don’t understand the logic behind both placing ads almost everywhere and charging users just to use the service. Compare this to PSN, where you would literally have more trouble finding an ad than not finding an ad. The most recent HUD update has made the ads even more prominent and made it even more difficult to find what you’re looking for on the Dashboard.
1) Free Games
This is hands down the main reason to subscribe to PS Plus if you’re a PS3 owner and is definitely the main reason to be jealous if you aren’t. Would you rather pay extra money to access the things you have already paid money to access, or pay extra money to receive a whole selection of free games? Over the months I have been a PlayStation Plus member I have received the entire PS1 Crash and Spyro trilogies, inFAMOUS 2, Borderlands, Resident Evil 5 and so many more games. Every month there are new offerings – it makes it exciting to see what you’ll get next.
What do you think of my lessons that can be learned? If you think I missed any big points (or are flatout wrong) sound off in the comments below!