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Sony Unveils PlayStation Plus, Prices & Dates Move

Gordon Kelly

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While Microsoft brought us the new Xbox 360 and Nintendo revealed the 3DS things aren't quite so exciting at Sony...

Of course this isn't to say we didn't get two eagerly awaited pieces of news: the confirmation of the PlayStation Plus and availability and pricing for the Move controller.

Because I'm occasionally logical, let's deal with the PlayStation Plus first. This is the much anticipated paid extension of Sony's free PlayStation Network and gives users access to one PSN game, two minigames and one PS one classic title per month. On top of this you get premium avatars and themes, discounts on various PlayStation Store content, full trials of games and Blu-ray titles (they are complete, but DRM restricts them to an hour of playtime).

Lastly automatic downloads have been added so system and game updates can be received automatically allowing everything to be up to date whenever you use the console. As for pricing it comes in at 14.99 euros / £11.99 for 90 days membership or 49.99 euros / £39.99 for a whole year which seems pretty reasonable to me. PlayStation Plus will launch on 29 June.

Next we have some official prices and dates for Move, Sony's Wii-tackling, Kinect ignoring motion controllers. In Europe they will go on sale from 15 September with the Move itself costing 39.99 euros (£33), there is a further 29.99 euros (£25) for the navigation controller and a bundle with the PlayStation Eye, a Move controller and starter disc will be 59.99 euros (£49).

Yes there are some brutal dollar to euro conversions going on here, but with 40 PS3 Move compatible titles coming by March 2011 (and the forever delayed Gran Turismo 5 finally out on 2 November) it will probably be hard to resist.

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PlayStation Plus

PlayStation Move

HSC

June 16, 2010, 12:33 pm

So let me get this right - for a 2player setup you'll need


1 x Eye Camera


2 x Move Light Bulbs


2 x Nunchuck thingys





So just like a proper Wii setup but an extra camera and probably way more expensive?


And also just like the Wii all the focus is on your right arm movement but more intense due to mature game titles (tennis elbow anyone)








for the MS setup all you need is


1 x Camera


and thats it





sounds to me like many folks will just stick with Wii unless they want a different experiance and go with the xbox setup





i'll reserve full judgement until I try them all out

Den

June 16, 2010, 2:03 pm

@HSC - They will only stick with the Wii if they already own one and like kiddy games with 90's graphics.





I only own a PS3 which I use mostly as a blueray player, but this is interesting to me and might make me game more.

Andy0d2

June 16, 2010, 2:52 pm

I don't think motion games are for the hardcore gamer at all. If a gamer wants to play a hardcore game then they go with a controller as its faster. If they want a fun game they would go with the motion controller. I believe that the Wii and Natal are being more honest whereas Move appears to be trying to say I'm a motion controller for serious gamers when serious gamers will find the experience sub par compared to using a controller. For starters anyone playing a FPS online the controller will almost always beat the motion controller unless they had dedicated motion servers. I think that Move is good for those who already have a PS3 and want the Wii experience.


Kinect on the other hand will appeal to an even wider audience than even the Wii did, however I don't expect it to sell many more xbox's, since those who are willing to splash out on a motion gaming system will already have got the Wii and whilst Kinect is IMO a better experience its not significantly better in order to warrant a £200+ upgrade (xbox and kinect). I understand this is speculation but what isn't at this stage!





@Den kiddy games are what most people want (not gamers). The casual gamers market has significantly increased over the past few years. It's why the Wii has sold so well.

Interzone

June 16, 2010, 3:03 pm

@Den - wish I had graphics like the Wii in the 90's! All games are for kids, it's about having fun at the end of the day isn't?

Pbryanw

June 16, 2010, 4:33 pm

@Den - Yes, more like mid 00's graphics. If only my Amiga in 1991 had Wii-like graphics (sigh).





I'm sure, after the E3 announcements, there'll be many who are torn between the PS3 or Xbox 360. For me it will come down to which is the cheapest come Christmas, and which of the new control methods gets the best reviews.

gonzorv

June 16, 2010, 5:19 pm

Tretton's maths is a bit dubious.


"full year subscription for $49.99" ≠ "just over $3 a month"

DrDark

June 16, 2010, 10:30 pm

"kiddy games with 90's graphics."


Yeah, they're always crap, aren't they?


http://www.metacritic.com/game...

MrGodfrey

June 16, 2010, 10:48 pm

Everyone's focusing on the Move, but as for "Playstation Plus"... I'm not really convinced. I'm not bothered about avatars etc. I tend to play a handful of "big" games while ignoring the rest (Aliens Vs Predator was my last disappointing foray into merely "decent" games) so trials are of little interest to me either. That leaves the old-school and mini-games, which should be fun, but I don't like having to remember to download a certain amount each month (presumably it won't roll over?)





What would seal the deal for me would be tangible improvements to online gaming. That's the reason I pay for XBox Live. A more integrated system would be very much appreciated; currently online play while relatively hassle-free with some games, is awkward with others (e.g. Red Dead) and with some is downright atrocious (trying to get a game of Street Fighter IV going with friends was a horrible experience).





On the one hand I think Sony's approach is smart - not making Plus a truly essential purchase helps them compete against XBox in the value stakes (you really can't have an XBox without Live), but I wonder if they've made it interesting enough to persuade a large number of owners to pay up...

kdot

June 16, 2010, 11:09 pm

Something that I dont think was picked up on, you only "own the titles for the duration of your subscription" (2:02 ish). Wonder what you keep when your sub lapses and what gets removed?





@HSC when you put it like that maybe Kinetic's price of £150 (?) could potentially work out on par/cheaper but just an upfront cost.

kdot

June 16, 2010, 11:11 pm

**Not for posting thanks **





Just thought I would let you know there's a typo: Grand Turismo

Gordon394

June 17, 2010, 5:19 am

@kdot *hug* (fixed)

DrDark

June 18, 2010, 4:25 pm

Pah, I never receive hugs for typo corrections, you man-whore :P.

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