Little Big Planet leads PlayStation Plus benefits

First two months of freebies and discounts detailed for European subscribers to Sony's premium online service; North American gamers to get three months free with annual subscription.

The PlayStation Plus subscription service launches next week, and Sony today fleshed out exactly what its North American and European customers can expect to receive for their money.

European early adopters of PlayStation Plus will get a free copy of Little Big Planet.

According to the official European PlayStation Blog, Sony is kicking off its premium plan by giving new subscribers the standard version of Little Big Planet on top of the month's standard perks. And unlike the rest of the PlayStation Plus content, users will be able to play the game even if they allow their subscriptions to lapse.

The North American PlayStation Blog has its own post detailing some PlayStation Plus plans, but it makes no mention of Little Big Planet or any downloadable version of a full retail game. However, the North American blog does mention that gamers who pony up for a full-year subscription at $50 will receive an extra three months of membership for free.

Back to Europe, starting June 29 and running through August 3, Plus members will be able to download Wipeout HD for free, as well as the PSP and PS3 minis Field Runners and Age of Zombies, and the PSone game Destruction Derby. Subscribers will also be able to sample the full versions of Shatter and Savage Moon for an hour, as well as snag the Killzone 2 Steel & Titanium downloadable content pack for no charge.

For an encore, Sony also revealed the freebies for the second month of the PlayStation Plus service. From August 4 to September 1, members will be able to get the PSN game Zen Pinball for free, along with the minis Blast-Off and Alien Zombie Death. Medievil is the PSone selection of the month, with trial versions of Inferno Pool and Mushroom Wars also available.

Check out the PlayStation Blog for a full list of the first months' offerings, including themes and avatars.

Announced North American lineup, starting June 29
Downloadable PS3 game: Wipeout HD
Two minis: Field Runners, Age of Zombies
PSone game: Rally Cross
Full game trial: Infamous
Three monthly episodes of Qore downloadable magazine

European lineup, June 29 - August 3
Introductory full game download: Standard edition of Little Big Planet
Downloadable PS3 game: Wipeout HD
Two minis: Field Runners, Age of Zombies
PSone game: Destruction Derby
Full game trials: Shatter, Savage Moon
Discounts: Half-off the Little Big Planet God of War pack and LocoRoco costume pack; 20 percent off Gravity Crash and Fat Princess DLC
Add-on: Killzone 2: Steel & Titanium DLC

European lineup, August 4 - September 1
Downloadable PS3 game: Zen Pinball
Two minis: Blast-Off, Alien Zombie Death
PSone game: Medievil
Full game trials: Inferno Pool, Mushroom Wars
Discounts: 20 percent off Super Stardust HD, Wipeout HD Fury, and the Zen Pinball Earth Defence Table; 50 percent off Warhawk Triple Combo Pack
Add-on: Motorstorm Pacific Rift: Adrenaline Pack

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ibStratus
ibStratus

@RageSet Unless Sony starts using the money they charge for PS Plus to better the online gaming services of the PSN, than they will NEVER beging to pull people away from XBox Live. I have both systems, and am a Gold Subscriber AND a PS Plus subscriber. XBox Live is doing so well because their online gaming system is hundreds of time better than the often laggy/slow services PSN provides. Just saying that if Sony intends on luring people away from the XBox, they will need to completely overhaul the PSN to be less buggy and laggy.

RageSet
RageSet

@im-a-roustabout PS Plus is still nothing like XBL, for all intents and purposes, PS Plus is a discount/rental service. It is NOTHING like XBL. My reasoning behind my assertion is that one day Sony may incorporate new community aspects and other premium functionality into PS Plus, rivaling XBL because regardless of whether you have PS Plus or not, you can still play online games for free. Get it? Do you need me to break it down further?

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

hopefully this works out and doesn't take away from the free PSN

PatrickMurphly
PatrickMurphly

@RageSet Your logic does not make sense. Microsoft is currently doing just fine with its pay-to-play service against Sony's free services. Why would Sony making you pay for extended service mean that Microsoft would suffer?

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

@RageSet Posted Jun 26, 2010 6:41 pm GMT "The more research I do on PS Plus, the more I realize Sony is heading towards a paid online service like XBL minus having to pay for the actual online play....." ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lol. Sorry but I found this to be extremely funny. Because, that's EXACTLY what psn+ is you freakin' genius!

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

@atopp399 Trust me dude, you'd have to look very darn hard to find a PS3 gamer or 360 gamer who are "praising" motion controls. Most of us just see it as a gimmick to help divert some of the cash away from Ninty.

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

This seems iffy if you ask me. The content they give to consumers needs to be wanted. Most of what they are offering, to me at least, is rubbish. Zen pin ball? I think I'll pass.

issizots
issizots

i'm still PISSED that LBP is only for EU and we all can't "be the same" as one company instead they have to spread different retarded methods around and the US gets the crap end of the deal. But I do admit i'm glad EU is atleast getting something nice for once.

CyberKlown28
CyberKlown28

Not a big deal. You already won, Sony....you don't have to beat up microsoft anymore.

shakensparco
shakensparco

They only let you download certain demos?

zidan4000
zidan4000

golden xbl subscribers get discounts and psn+ subscribers get free games , we know who the winner is here.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Seems like this might evolve a good deal as they gauge people's interest in different features. So I expect it to change significantly within the first year or so, and I'm just going to be watching from the sidelines until I see something really compelling.

monson21502
monson21502

oh yeah, i thought they were giving a 2 year extended warrenty if you bought psn+ ?

monson21502
monson21502

euro getting the good stuff. guess its time to make another euro account. had one on my dead 60 gig but i forgot the log in and password.

RageSet
RageSet

The more research I do on PS Plus, the more I realize Sony is heading towards a paid online service like XBL minus having to pay for the actual online play. It's smart business, borrow most of the features from XBL and charge for them but keep online play for free. This way they can still say, we offer free online play plus we have a better "subscriber" package than Microsoft (free games, discounts and etc). If this goes forward and is successful, Microsoft will be forced to offer basic online play to all XBL Silver Members or risk losing them to Sony. Right now, Microsoft is still in the lead in terms of overall features/functionality with XBL, but this is the first time I think Sony is a serious threat to MS's online services. (Note: To be fair to Microsoft and XBL, if you are a Gold Subscriber, you do get discounts on some arcade games/full games/DLC each week.)

AirPortugall
AirPortugall

@dRuGGeRnaUt MS has to step up XBL? Lol, I have a 360, PS3 and in 3 days (my birthday) a Wii as well. XBL is the best online experience you can get, no contest. It's the exact same as PSN except you have cross-game chat which has to be the most important component for gaming..talking! I just invite my friends to chat even though they're playing something else, it's more sociable and you're more connected. A couple free items for paying for PSN+ is dumb. It's basically like Napster, you can get the free stuff and buy things for less, etc but as soon as you stop paying for your subscription...bu-bye 3/4 of the stuff you got for free.

savagetofu
savagetofu

I am not sold on this yet. A free LBP game is great however we already own it. How about free downloads of LBP costumes & levels? @ least 50% off would be nice.

GBPackersrule
GBPackersrule

While I am tempted to go Plus, if there is no Cross Game Chat, then it is looking like a no go for me. Xbox Live has CGC even with the useless Silver membership and Xbox Live is far more competitive than PSN. I'll probably get a 3 month card to tread the waters, but if I am going to shell out $100 bucks a year for both XBL and PSN+ I want to get more than just free demos and stuff. XBL has little things like community playdates, extra XP days, bonus offers (like the Gold for $1) and etc. PSN is just there for the ride. Hopefully this will get rid of PSN's stigma as the poor mans XBL. Remember kids, there is a reason MLG won't touch the PS3 with a ten foot pole. And that reason is Xbox Live. :(

yang4200
yang4200

brendanhunt1 Posted Jun 25, 2010 3:25 pm GMT -Anything already available on psn remains free -1 ps3, 2 minis,1 ps1 game remains yours while your still with the service. --- so your telling me I can only play those game that they offer only when I stay with the subcription, sound like a rip off to me then. I mean Im a big sony fan and all but if what you say its true wouldnt you save more money just buying the game from the ps store and play it forever and whenever u want to. Hmm Pay to play or buy and play whenever u want hmm

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

a free LBP that i'll still be able to use after the subscription? sounds tempting.

cjasko94
cjasko94

i want cross game chat already!

schizo_talon
schizo_talon

My new 500 GB hard drive will come in handy. :) Tuesday will be good :)

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

WOW MS and Xboxlive are really gonna have to step it up now. Back in the begining days of Xbox360 they gave away free arcade games quite often, usually only for a few hours around release(2am, PST). I have 9 games i have downloaded for free from xboxlive, but it`s been at least 3 years since the last one.. the did give ONE free theme away though!!! hahaha XD

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

What is with sony showing EVERYONE else love but NA?? I mean first PSP go people overseas get 10 games we get 3. Now this, but this is major, LBP is an amazing game. I really don't know what sony problem is, but they seem to not like giving anything equally.. .. at least MS is from NA and we seem to get there love.. but most of the rest of the the world doesnt.. Can't win i guess :)

power-fantastic
power-fantastic

eal-zubieri Posted Jun 25, 2010 2:11 pm ET @power-fantastic when did you get your 60 gb model that ylod? i am interseted because i want to get extra ps3 for backup from my friend who have the same model and didn't even use it. Dude those things are tanks. I got mine about a week after the release of the PS3 (didn't feel like fighting the lines on the day one release). Got up early the next week and got it from the local target. Again I put in a TON of hrs on it, left it on to let it put itself to sleep to many times to count. Only issue I ever had before the YLOD was it would freeze maybe 1/2 times per month while playing K2 multiplayer (which was a game issue I believe). I'm an RPG and FPS player so your talking 2 mp accounts filled on K2 4th level prstige on WaW, MW2 7th prestige, FFXIII RDR....... again to many games to count. Im sure mine just died from normal wear and tear. I took it apart once I got my new one so its in pieces at this point so I could see how it ticks. I'm not into soldering so I doubt I can get it up and running again as cleaning it DID NOT get it working. Find out how many hrs he put into it. Open it and use a can of air to clean it out. I'm sure it will run fine if he didn't put many hrs on it.

SneekyRatchet
SneekyRatchet

kinda disappointed bc europe gets all the good stuff while US doesnt get much love here =(

eal-zubieri
eal-zubieri

@power-fantastic when did you get your 60 gb model that ylod? i am interseted because i want to get extra ps3 for backup from my friend who have the same model and didn't even use it.

thrasher510
thrasher510

more features and i might get it. i already got alot of this stuff so i probably wont bother getting it. npw if they bring a bunch of new features, i might consider buying it.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Sony has a business plan. Start Ps Plus off with very basics and see if the rewards are worth it to gamers. Then, pull more gamers into the service by adding the things we've been clamoring for years, like cross-game chat and such. I'm almost certain that Sony is already building these features and may even have some nearly ready to launch. The thing is... you have to have something to look forward to and to keep the hype going. So they hold back features so that it appears to the consumers that the service is constantly growing. Whether you agree with this plan of action or not, it works for many companies. I don't know if that's what Sony is really doing, but their past trends appear to point in that direction.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

nice to see europe on the good end of a playstation offer for once speaking of which im off to finally get my euro copy of demon souls.......

T00MuchRazMataz
T00MuchRazMataz

@1995 We would all love to see some ps2 titles finally, but the only problem is, is Sony is still making tons of sales on PS2s worldwide. So I can't say we'll be seeing them anytime soon. I mean they are still (slowly) working on getting popular PSone classics to us. It's a shame really.

strayfies
strayfies

Well I'm still glad Sony isn't mandating a payment. If they wanna sell us with old (but still great) titles or pseudo-freebies like PS1 games, they could still do a lot worse. So long as they know what we don't want (another paid model like XBL), then I can't find cause for complaint. In fact, so long as anyone is *giving* us something, I think it's kind of petulant to complain.

ekultus
ekultus

That looks like a seriously bad deal. Like Jstur14 said I dont see the point of this. I think this is what Sony was talking about a few months back when they wanted to charge people for demos.

1995_1996_1997
1995_1996_1997

how about sony focuses on making ps2 games available on ps store?or even making it a feature exclusive to premium subscribers,and that would be an excellent reason to subscribe.

Jstur14
Jstur14

I don't overall see the point of this, it adds no new features (Like being able to talk to friends with voice chat cross game) and all you are is spending money on games that you didn't choose... Wouldn't it just be better to spend the 50 bucks on a game you actually want?

kami_amaya
kami_amaya

I have no interest in Qore, already plat'ed inFamous, but I have been looking to purchase Wipeout HD. But Sony's going to have to step up the US features before I subscribe. Wow I'd love to get my hands on a European subscription though. I also remember reading an article when this "Plus" subscription was in the works, Sony was considering stuff like cloud storage, cross game chat. What happened to those?

power-fantastic
power-fantastic

wallywallas Posted Jun 25, 2010 12:27 pm ET As someone living in North America, the first month doesn't sound that attractive to me. Will probably wait a while until they offer better things, but the PSN+ serivce does look very interesting. PSN is still free.... all is well. _______________________________________________________________ I was thinking the same thing. Especially after dishing out 350 for a new PS3 bundle to replace my 60g Launch model that ylod'ed this monday. Not gonna complain as I put in more hrs than I wish to admit on K2, WaW, MW2 RDR, Demon Souls, (I can go on 4ver) and the old girl served me well and now I got a 250 slim (w uncharted2). But back on topic I'll wait until I see something that appeals to decide whether or not to go +. that is the grat thing about the PSN, those who choose not to do not lose anything.

atopp399
atopp399

The same people bashing Xbox's fee are in love with Sony now. It is funny. I own neither system but think it is really funny to see people back and forth in the various threads. The same with motion controls. Everyone hates on Nintendo for a few years and now they praise motion controls.

wallywallas
wallywallas

As someone living in North America, the first month doesn't sound that attractive to me. Will probably wait a while until they offer better things, but the PSN+ serivce does look very interesting. PSN is still free.... all is well.

real_nimrod
real_nimrod

comparing what you get in this, combined with the stuff u get free on psn anyway makes live look like even more of a ripp off - xboxlive allows u to play games and download games earlier, whereas for a similar annual price u get to play online AND get a load of free games/dlc...

Bortson
Bortson

Europeans certainly get a better deal. Wonder what their marketing info showed that made them decide on that. I really hope its not something like everyone who showed interest already has LBP so lets make it look like a good deal when it wont cost us anything.

zombieorc
zombieorc

It looks like Europe gets way more stuff for thier money than North America. The games for this service are all old, so why shell out 50 bucks if we already own all that stuff.

innthe
innthe

the games we download for this are gona take up all lot of space, i might run out of space.

WilliamSmith45
WilliamSmith45

Online MP will remain free and will always be free. Sony already stated thats its goin remain free. Im not shelling out $50 bucks a year just to get a couple free games and early access to demos. The reason i switched to PS3 was that Online MP was FREE. I feel sorry for everybody who is buying into this Playstation Plus. Think about this MP is already free and you are paying Sony just to have a couple Free games and early access to Demoes is it really worth it? I think not.

untouchables111
untouchables111

Some of y'all are really into bashing this almost like Sony is taking away ur free play. I for one will be getting this I mean Qore is $25+ a year anyway and that a great thing. It alone has awesome insides to new games and free dl stuff. So all that other stuff is a great deal. I mean come on its what 55 a year. Wipeout HD is 10-20 by it self. This deal is way to good to pass up. Imagine. Dlc for new games coming out and getting free while most have to pay full price. I down for that.

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

you can still play games online for free and you have all the same access to the same features youve always had if you decide not to go with playstation plus so whats the problem? yes this might change over time but for now you can play online for free unlike LIVE which you have to pay to even play games online. i have xbox live and personally i think its a rip off. i think its worth maybe 25 dollars a year since most of it is advertising for microsoft. yea they mention things that are going to be released for the 360 but in the end its advertising for microsoft. dont get me wrong LIVE has some really cool features (i wouldnt pay for it if i didnt) but i just think a lot of it is advertising. think about it this way ALL of us are getting a free trial of playstation plus for 3 MONTHS. some of use are looking forward to this because we want all those features that come with playstation plus and some of us arent. either way you can (for the moment) be happy that you can still have acess to the same things youve had without paying. no ones being forced to pay and sonys even giving us a free 3 month trial to see if we like it for those of us on the fence. so in the end stop whining about europeans getting access to features for the most part that we as americans take for granted and stop whining about something your not being force to pay for.

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

seriously some of you really need to shutup your making us look like whiners. we all know that europe and other countries usually get the shaft when it comes to games, movies and other forms of entertainment. this hardly ever happens so im glad whenever europe or other countries get the feeling that most of us americans take for granted. sometimes europe has to wait longer than anyone should for certain games to be released. you know the better sony does worldwide the better off all us PS3 owners are going to be. do some of you not understand that the better sony does the better the PS3 does which means we benefit since we bought the console. also quit the damn whining about playstation plus LOTS of people wanted a pay version of the PSN and thats why playstation plus came about.

NOscope42
NOscope42

interesting deal, I'm not going to do it personally because i really don't do DLC, and i dont think i should have to pay to play a $60 game online. thats why i did not get an XBOX360. nice to see Europe get some better stuff, but i would rather everyone gets things at the same rate, but the world cant be perfect. enjoy LBP!!!!!!!!!!

Jawehawk-DK
Jawehawk-DK

The hell are you people whining about? You get free online play, as well as a free internet browser and PSN store. Then, if you feel like getting more stuff like a great FREE game, you can subscribe to PS+. It's basically a win/win situation, yet you people feel the need to whine about it. Personally, I have yet to buy LBP, so this is very tempting to me. I only have to subscribe one single month to get it right? I don't plan on using PS+, but I really do not see what people are complaining about. @ali-009 Some Blu-ray movies actually allows you to watch movies online with your friends, and chatting with them via headset at the same time.