E3 12; Sony updates PS Plus to include an Instant Game Collection
Sony announced before E3 that they would unveil the “future of PS Plus”, and that is exactly what they did during their keynote speech. It wasn’t quite as revolutionary as some of the rumours had predicted. There was no cloud streaming service announced, for example.
What we did get however, while not as headline catching, was fantastic news for all PS3 owners. As of today in the US and tomorrow in the UK, an Instant Game Collection will be available for all PS Plus members. This is an ever-expanding library of free games – worth over $260 (in the US at least).
The library is not full of rubbish either. Head over the US PS Store today and you can pick up AAA titles like LittleBigPlanet 2 and inFamous 2. The US store has 12 games up front and new games will be rotated in regularly; games will hang around for 16 weeks. Here is the full list of games on the store right now:
- Virtua Fighter 5
- inFAMOUS 2
- Little Big Planet 2
- Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One
- Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
- Just Cause 2
- Saints Row 2
- Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
- Hard Corp: Uprising
- Choplifter HD
- Zombie Apocalypse Never Die Alone
- Sideway NY
- Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine – available until 18 July
- Chime Super Deluxe – available until 18 July
- Darksiders – available until 15 August
- Renegade Ops – available until 15 August
- Outland – available until 12 September
- Oddworld: Stranger’s Wraph HD – available until 12 September
- inFAMOUS 2
- Motorstorm Apocalypse
- LittleBigPlanet 2
PlayStation Plus Presents
Alongside the Instant Game Collection, the EU Store is offerings something they call PS Plus Presents. These will be free offerings of smaller gems. The first PPP title will be Retro/Grade, which won the Audience Award at IndieCade 2010 and was a finalist for Excellence in Audio and Excellence in Design in the 2009 Independent Games Festival.
The service run the same as it does now. These games are playable for as long as you remain a PS Plus subscriber, but only if you downloaded them when they were initially available.