PSN+ is brillant.
But it seems like it could and maybe even should be just the tip of the iceburg, seems like the other guys are missing an opertunity for cash flow on stuff that doesn't sell anymore. Stuff that might move dlc if suddenly a lot of consumers bought a cheap copies. Disclaimer: yes I know PSN+ offers new titles too.
What I think would work is to have a system in place where once a game reaches two or three years old it becomes part of a PSN+ style subscription(20usd/month) and allows the older games to be downloaded, even if only for a limited time, while being roatated on near monthly bases.
Second hand game sales hurt the industry, I don't how gamers or Game stores(I mean Hello??) try and spin second hand games sales. They are bad, second hand sales are M'kay(sorry love South Park :) ) However if said games were bundled together say 20 games in a month on a services such as I described, would that help combat that problem? I think it would and because a volume of players would be getting the games a slight discount could also be given to DLC. And I think that the sales in DLC would help offset the discount to the game.
There is no denying it, a lot of gamers feel that most console games are simply not worth the 60usd price tag, often with another 30usd to 60usd in DLC. I think something has to give. Sales are down, have been down, and I believe it is the extreme high cost of games vs the economy. Instead of buying 30 games a year now maybe said gamer buys 5 games. I know the amount of console retail store bought games has sharply droped. Now I prefer to buy on Steam and even PSN/XBLa&i/eShop/mobile.
I know the console market doesn't revolve around consumer value. It is driven by being able to continualy create new revenue streams. Stream dries up, move to the next one. Yearly releases and their DLC is a big part of that.
But I think Sony has proven there is a large market for subscription based services. It isn't much different then renting. Maybe such a service can provide a "buy it now" option for 10usdish on titles that are on their service. So gamers that like a certian game can continue to play it even after the month is up. Yes I know PSN+ lets you keep the game indefenetly, I was a PSN+ member. But I think that model needs tweaking. If a gamer pays 10usd digitaly for a three year old title, that is prolly more money that can be made from the game then if Gamestop sells the same game for 30usd, used(where the pubs/platform holder sees nothing).
I am not claiming it is perfect, but I think a plan along those lines makes a lot of sense. I would use a service like that. Anyone have any ideas on how to make such a service better(other then being "free), becase it has to make sense for both the consumer AND the pubs/platform holders.