Greetings. As we near the end of what feels like a very quick July, it’s time to look forward to the month of August a.k.a. tumbleweed month. And what better way to introduce that month than to announce a £10 increase of PlayStation’s yearly subscription of PlayStation Plus… yay. Clearly, Sony does not like tumbleweed, and this very fact has had a negative effect since the price increase is very bad news.
The timing of the news is quite peculiar also. Just one day prior, they announced their PlayStation Plus free monthly games for August, which included Just Cause 3 (PS4), Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry (PS4), That’s You (PS4), Super Motherload (PS3), Snake Ball (PS3), Downwell (PS Vita) and Level 22 (PS Vita). Not bad at all. Relatively impressive, actually. Maybe in their hope of an impressive monthly line-up, it would dampen the grievance. NOPE. This new pricing represents very poor value for money which makes me seriously consider switching to either PC or Xbox in future. To think that not only 4 years ago we didn’t even have to pay for online play. It’s a whole different world now. Not only do we have to pay for online multiplayer, but the free monthly games aren’t even of value anymore in my opinion.
Ever since the PS4 launched along with its newly revised PS Plus, its value was always questioned especially so seeing as the always free multiplayer is now behind the paywall. However, apart from that, the quality of service had seemingly declined. Noticeably the free monthly games. The games given away at the tail-end of PS3’s life were amazing. For example, games like: Wipeout HD, LittleBigPlanet, Burnout Paradise, Infamous 2, Dead Space 2, Red Dead Redemption etc. We haven’t seen anything like that amount of value on the PS4 so far despite an encouraging showing the last 2 months (Until Dawn and Just Cause 3). It could be because of the smaller library compared to the PS3, but then why not give away more of the great PS3 games? Or why don’t they compensate in some other way?
I think it’s become clear why they haven’t decided to maintain the quality and value of previous years. Sony are market leaders now, know they have the player share and the pull of new console buyers. They’ve probably looked at Xbox’s dominance last gen, seen how many Gold subscriptions they sold despite the competition’s more valuable alternative, and said ‘Hey, we can do that now’. It leaves a very nasty taste in the mouths of their loyal customers. Almost like force feeding us Turkish Delight (Delight it is not, people).
So, what’s Sony’s explanation for the price rise? When Eurogamer reached out to a Sony rep, this was part of their response:
“We are changing the pricing to reflect various market conditions while enabling us to continue providing exceptional value to our members.”
Yeah… no. To whom is that exceptional value exactly? Maybe 4 years ago, but now it’s non-existent. I’m really hoping they sweeten the deal somehow, but if the service continues as is, I’m not going to renew and will seriously consider switching to other platforms in the future – probably PC. I’m sure there are many in the same camp as me as well.
Finally, some news I know that will interest a lot of people is the announcement that The Sims 4 will be coming to both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on 17th November. It’s a highly popular series so this news will be welcomed by many. I know The Sims belongs on the PC but I have very fond memories of console Sims. In fact, I think I bought 4 iterations of The Sims on the PS2: The Sims, The Sims 2, The Urbz: Sims in the City, The Sims Bustin’ Out. I had a lot of fun with those so it’s great to hear they’re still expanding the series to consoles. As they so eloquently put it in Simlish, “dis wompf es fredesche”.
Thanks for reading. See you next week!