PS Plus for Vita launching next week

Premium subscription service available next week for Sony's new portable at $18 for three months or $50 for the year.

PlayStation Vita owners can sign up for PlayStation Plus next week, Sony announced today. The premium subscription service will launch November 19 through the v2.00 system update. Just like with the PlayStation 3 version, PS Vita owners can sign up for three months of PlayStation Plus for $18, or they can elect to subscribe for the entire year at $50.

Gamers who currently hold a PS3 PlayStation Plus subscription will not need to pay extra for access to the PS Vita version.

PlayStation Plus on the PS Vita will offer subscribers 1GB online storage for game saves, automatic updates, and Trophy syncing.

Additionally, members will gain access to Sony's Instant Game Collection, which includes the PS Vita games Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Jet Set Radio HD, WipeOut 2048, Gravity Rush, and Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, as well as the PSP title Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions.

PlayStation Plus launched in June 2010 for the PlayStation 3 with a $50 annual fee. The regular PlayStation Network service, which includes online multiplayer, has been free since the PS3 launched, and there are no announced plans to change that.

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Geminon
Geminon

they need to change the free games.... have been the same for a month now.

pikadeth
pikadeth

Be sure to clear out 8 hours to download these games.

Elk
Elk

Awesome! Keep in mind that this is just under 8gb worth of games, so it might be time to upgrade your memory cards.

theKSMM
theKSMM

The first paragraph or this article made it sound like PS+ for the Vita and PS+ for the PS3 were separate things with separate costs.  Reading it made me very angry.

 

I calmed down by the time I finished paragraph two though.  LOL.

ggregd
ggregd

This is long overdue and great except for the additional, overpriced memory card I'm going to need to buy to hold all the free games.  

 

I don't have a PS3, so someone please clear something up for me on how PS+ free games work.  Are the free games yours forever once you download them, as if you bought them, or are they only playable for a month until they change the list the following month?

Lynn_Kyle
Lynn_Kyle

This so awesome. Two system seller games (Uncharted and Gravity Rush) for free. Ho, yus.

ticklemonster1
ticklemonster1

yay, my loyalty and patience is kinda paying off!

mat989
mat989

Now if just the VIta was 50 bucks cheaper and includes a *decent* memory stick (or release an adapter or sorts, which I think is veeery unlikely) with the pack, I'd turn myself into a Sonyst 8D... and if Microsoft is smart enough, they better make a service like that in the future (or, at the very least, free online gaming) or else they won't hold well in the next years with just Kinect and Skyrim exclusives.

TTDog
TTDog

As if the PS Vita wasn't suffering enough problems...

jark888
jark888

You guys won't think very positively when you need to buy a new memory card for it.

monson21502
monson21502

ps plus is still out??? thought sony would just give up and just charge for online gaming... thats the only way they wil make anymore.. when sony gave us 2 free games and 2 months free of ps plus i still havent installed my free games and i didnt even bother with the ps plus demos... sony fans that made fun of xbl for charging people 50 bucks a year then buy this rip off plan are just crazy imo.

obsequies
obsequies

ps+ is a really great deal :)

soulless4now
soulless4now

That instant collection is pretty solid.

Fiscaldeal
Fiscaldeal

Sony needs to better advertise their Plus service. It's almost too good of a deal to pass on at this point.

anticusho1984
anticusho1984

I need to buy a bigger memory!!! this is awesome.

so email client html 5, java script, wireless sync, ps plus. with the market the way it is all this features should've been avaliable at day one, ps vita  the hardware is impressive but sony needs to dedicate more effort in the software development, I don't mind waiting for softwares updates to see it growing like the ps3 has but not everybody thinks like me especially when it comes to mobile devices 

DJKrayz_basic
DJKrayz_basic

the article almost makes it sound as if the service is totally separate for the Vita as it is for the PS3... they need to write better articles.. I know Sony is good at shooting themselves in the foot sometimes, but theres no way they would separate the services and charge for them separately...

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

This is great I am going to get PS+ for  now and then get PSV later when they launch PSV 3000.  

demixx
demixx

It's awsome that they finally doing that. Cant wait for 19th. Sony made alot of PS3 and PSV owners happy.  So far PS3 has given us some awsome titles for free Borderlands Bulletstorm Darksiders Infamous 1 and 2 LBP and many others and this month Crysis 2. I know Sony hasnt been doing so well lately but this is awsome. Thanks Sony

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Does anyone know if the PSP version of FF: Tactics still lags on the Vita when casting summon spells?  It was pretty bad on the PSP.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

 @pikadeth lol what damn you most have very slow internet connection I can download all that in under an hour

theKSMM
theKSMM

 @ggregd Right.  During the sales, there will be games offered for free for a limited time (usually a week or two).  You can "purchase" the free game without downloading it.  After that, you can download it at your leisure.  Those games are downloadable and playable for as long as you're a PS+ subscriber.  If your subscription lapses, you'll be cut off from your discounted games until you (a) re-new your PS+ subscription or (b) re-purchase those games at full price.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

 @ggregd you can play them for has long has you keep ps+ but any discounted games you get you keep them forever

jark888
jark888

 @Lynn_Kyle  I think it's more like a subscription renting service rather than letting you actually own the games. Not sure though.

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

 @monson21502

 Why would you think that?  PSNs free status is one of people's most favorite things about the PS3.  That and Plus offers real value; not only do I have cloud saves (which is what I bought it for) but in the 3 1/2 months I've been a member I've downloaded something close to 10 or 11 free games.  Am I crazy?  I think not; for 10 dollars less than teh price of a new game I get a constant supply of free games plus the cloud saving I initially wanted.  I will continue to subscribe to Plus because that's exactly what it is; Playstation PLUS

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

 @monson21502 but unlike xbl gold ps+ is actually worth it and you are getting far more than just free games which let alone is more than worth it and all you are getting with xbl is the ability to play games online and to use netflix which you get for FREE on psn

monson21502
monson21502

 @obsequiesu wish bud lol. ps+ is so bad that ms was able to raise its price on it and still out sell it for 12 straight months :P

 

monson21502
monson21502

 @Fiscaldeal

 sony thinks they dont need it... they think people will walk in the stores and see their name on it and people will just buy it right away. they suck at naming stuff and they made it look too much like the psp. and they made it way to over priced. ps vita was still born system

 

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

 @anticusho1984 plus it takes time to develop it or there was a problem and it took them a while to fix it or they never thought about doing that until after the system was released there are many reason on why it took so long

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

 @DJKrayz_basic If you watch the video, you can hear him say (around 0:30) that you don't need to pay extra if you're already PS+ on PS3.

double_O7
double_O7

 @chibi-acer I don't think running it on a different console makes a difference, since its an issue with the PSP version of the game itself. But I do know that the PSN version runs slightly smoother than the UMD version. I've never compared the two verisons myself, so I don't know how big of a difference there is, all I know there is one.

siberian142
siberian142

 @jark888  @Lynn_Kyle Technically, yes. If you have an active subscription, you can play the games you got free from PS Plus at any time. If you end your subscription, though, the games automatically lock themselves until you resume it. You "own" the games in the sense that they will be on your account permanently even if your subscription lapses. 

TTDog
TTDog

@shadowhunter0: Duh...

anticusho1984
anticusho1984

 @monson21502  @obsequies yeah because that's the only way to play online on xbox 360 and you can do it for free with a ps3, paying and getting perks is just a "plus" 

anticusho1984
anticusho1984

 @shadowhunter0 at least they found a reason to do it, I hope this improvements help vita sales I wanna see more good games