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What is it?A special thanks to Goldrusher for contributing the majority of the updated OP. Also thanks to the PS+ thread denizens for helping with updated information and answering questions for new (and old) PS+ subscribers.
Members have access to:
• dozens of free games (for PS3 and Vita!)
• early access to games
• exclusives betas & demos
• free themes & avatars
• all kinds of discounts
• 1 GB online storage for PS3-saves (including copy-protected ones)
• another 1 GB online storage for Vita-saves
• automatic (scheduled) downloads of patches & updates
• automatic (scheduled) trophy synching
What does it cost?
$49.99 | €49.99 | £39.99 --> 1 year
$14.99 | €14.99 | £11.99 --> 3 months
Yes. Full games, 100% free to play, complete with online modes and trophies to earn.
How many free games?
In both Europe and North America, new members have access to a package of at least 14 games (10 PS3, 4 Vita).
Every month, a handful games are replaced with new ones.
At the end of a year, you can have over 50 games if you got them all.
How long do I have access to these games?
Each game is only free to "claim" for a limited time. It varies from game to game, usually between 1 month and 3 months. A couple games are available the whole year.
However, once a game is in your download history ("Downloadlist" on the Store), it is free to play and re-download for as a long as you're a Plus-member.
To get a game in the download history, you don't even have to actually download it. Just add the game(s) to your cart and check out (on web store) or start the download and then cancel (on PS3 or PSV). You do not need to complete a download them at that time.
This is very useful for when your hard drive is full. Double check your download list to ensure the items you wanted are listed there.
Also, don't forget you can claim items through the web store if it is available in your region: https://store.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/
Can I keep playing my games if I stop being a Plus-member?
Free games: no.
But if you re-register, you do regain access to your complete download history.
Bought games: yes.
Anything you spend additional money on, on top of your subscription, is yours to keep. This includes games bought with Plus-exclusive discounts.
Do I need to use my PS3 or PS Vita to access the store and claim my goods?
No, you can use the web store if it is available in your region: https://store.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/Do I have to download the game to own it?
No, you can use the web store (see previous question) and just add the free items to your cart and then checkout. If you complete the checkout, you have added those items to your account and can download at a later time.Do I even have to own a PS3, PSV, or PS4 to take advantage of PS+?
If you are using a PS3 or PSV, you can select download on the free item (there is no add to cart/check out on these systems) and then once the license has activated and your download has begun, you can then cancel the download. Just to be sure you have acquired the license, you can always double check your download list to make sure the items you wanted are listed there.
No, you can just subscribe and use the web store to add games to your account. The system at this time does not seem to know or care whether you have any hardware systems attached to your account.When does my subscription end? How do I cancel automatic renewal?
In the PS3-menu go to the PlayStation Network tab, there:
Account Management --> Transaction Management --> Services List --> PlayStation Plus
What are "full game trials"?
Full game trials are exclusive to Plus-members and are full games you can play for 1 hour.
Trophies can be earned, but you won't be able to sync them until you've bought the game.
Why can't I download this game? I've got the hard disk space!
You need twice the game's size to download and install it. So if the game is 10GB, then you need 20GB on your hard drive to hold both the 10GB installer and the 10GB installed version.