For a while, Sony decided that free was good. But after seeing the success of other companies that are thine enemy, Sony decided that way was good, too. Thus came, Playstation Plus, a service in addition to the basic, core features of Playstation Network, that still remains a mystery to us all.
Cost: $49.99 a year
Special: If you sign up when they start the program, you get 3 free months free (If you live in Europe, you get LittleBigPlanet for free)
- Quick Game/Firmware Updates
- Full Game Trials that allow you to pickup from where you left off
- Year-long subscription to Qore (which is $24.99 a year/$2.99 per issue)
- Additional access to sales (ranging from 20 to 50 percent off specified items)
- July 2010: WipeOut HD (Free, until subscription ends)
Right now, not much is known about the program other than it's rolling out with the next firmware update (3.40). You still get to play online for free without it, so at least that's not changing.