Some good thoughts here, thnx folks.
One of my biggest concerns this gen is that MS will do what they did last gen. And that just decide to pull the plug on its xb360 LIVE. And owning so many Arcade style games that could be disasterous. And if games can't online verify that I own DLC, then what? I can see me having a lot of digital content that I can't use, DLC and games.
Unlike many I am not one to just move onwards to newer games. I still play on my Neo Geo, SNES, and Turbo Duo. This gen I bought digital content on Steam, XBL, PSN, and Wii. I like the digital stuff, its fresh and costs less then big box stuff. But I am worried what happens to my ability to play it next gen?
I use MS as an example because that is exactly what happened. I had games that I bought on Arcade and had DLC that I couldn't use anymore.
I guess it is just a downside of digital ownership. You don't really have anything to own. Your buying the short term usage rights of content, not an actual disc. But before someone flames on about that most CDs/DVDs/game discs have a shelf life anyways, even if not used they will wear out. The surface coating fades. I have several games that won't run across PSone, Saturn, Dreamcast, etc.
Just can't win I guess.
It sounds to me that if I had the extra cash laying around, and was a mostly exclusive PS3 player then PSN+ would be worth the price. I don't play on my PSP too much(played the buttons off of it with both Phantasy Star Poratble one and two), and the minis mostly don't interest me.
What I need to decide most is if MS is going to get more of my money for gold at the turn of the new year. I am fine with Silver. I can Netflix on PS3, PC, and even Wii. I am canceling Cable TV, so ESPN3 is a none issue. the trouble is that I still have one teen ager at home, he plays xbox, and all of his friends own Gold, none of his friends own a PS3. thats been a thorn in my side for ages now. I don't know anyone outside of this website that games on a PS3, neither does my son. So droping Gold will feel to him as if I am shutting his games down, like he is being punished.
Its a tough call. But the world econmey has finaly caught up with my house. Things are so expensive month to month, my game budget is in the dumps. I will prolly not pay for any online service right now, if things improve I may jump on PSN+. I like free games, then again, if I keep my 50usd instead of picking up Plus, I can buy a few of those games myself and be able to keep em so long as PSN is offering acsess to 'em.
Now I am just rambling, but thnx for the feedback on PSN+.