PlayStation Plus has been out for quite some time now. Because that seems to be the case, we can use the date analyzed over the years to really come to a solid conclusion of whether or not PlayStation Plus is actually worth your money. These are the questions we asked ourselves in order to determine if it was really worth it.

How good are the free games?

One of the biggest selling points of PlayStation Plus is the free games you’re getting with the subscription. Well let’s make this clear right off the bat: The games you get aren’t actually free. Might sound absurd, but in all reality you’re paying seven dollars monthly for something marketed as free. Some might say “Yeah but you’re getting so much more for a mere seven bucks!” and they would be right.

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In reality, you get so much more than you pay for, but that’s still seven dollars more if you were never planning on playing those free games in the first place due to lack of free time or general lack of interest. Nevertheless, we actually enjoy this feature because the indie games they release usually tend to be fun as all hell.

What happens if we break the subscription streak?

Putting it plain and simple, you’ll miss out on the fun. If you decide now is a good time to get that sweet game from two months, or a month ago, we got bad news for you. These free games are handed out monthly, and as such the current purchase doesn’t take the previous months into account. But don’t be in despair over it, because you can probably still get them by using our free psn codes.

Now, what you might need to understand is that once you stop your subscription you’ll lose all your free games. Which sounds worse than it is, but in all actuality you get these games back once you re-subscribe to the service. Consistency plays a minor role in this environment.

How good is the latency?

It is a legitimate concern to wonder if you’re going to experience lag along the way. After all, the PS3 wasn’t really notorious for its lightning fast installs. Let’s not fool ourselves, latency plays an important role in our gaming experience. If you have broadband inter, you’ll be fine for the most part, but wired will undoubtedly give you better results than a wireless connection would.

Do the additional discounts make a difference?

It depends. These discounts tend to make very little difference in game pricing, saving you only a few dollars per purchase. Guess the developers didn’t want to make it seem “pay to win”. But these small dollar amounts stack quite quickly if you’re prone to buying a lot of games. Little by little, these saved dollars add up, and before you know it, you saved enough to purchase a new game.

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Some PC Master Race fanboys would argue that the steam sales they get are much better, and for the most part they’d be right. But let’s not dwell that path because it’s arbitrary at this point. Do the discounts make a difference? Yes, because any dollar you save can make a difference when it stacks up. As long as you make it stack up more than the cost of the subscription.

How useful are the online saves?

Don’t kid yourself, they are immensely useful. Having your progress saved via cloud storage can really make a world of difference. With the service taking care of it, you’ll never need to worry about restoring your saves again, no matter the amount of time that has passed.

Even if you decide to break the subscription service of PlayStation Plus, you’ll still be able to access your online game saves that you made during the subscription period. This is a nice feature since it doesn’t punish you for deciding stop subscribing. Wish we can say that for the rest of the features.

How good are the early beta passes?

It really depends on how you look at it. From one point it’s a sweet deal get access to a game a bit earlier. From another point though, it doesn’t seem to make as much of a difference as you might hope for. The legitimacy of the beta concept is up to discussion itself. Is it really worth it to get access to a game if it comes with a price of playing an unpolished game which might take a toll on you general gaming experience?

If your answer is yes, then paying for the added benefit of satisfying your lack of patience is totally worth it. Just not by much, because you’re paying for an earlier version of an early version of an incomplete game. Oh, and by the way, getting Playstation Plus does not guarantee you closed beta passes to any game.

How good is the standby update feature?

It’s really freaking good. Having games update for you without even having to think about it is great. What’s even greater is that it does not impede with your gaming schedule since it does that while in standby mode. Although overlooking quite often, this is by far one of the most useful features.

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In general we’d say that getting PlayStation Plus is a good deal. But it becomes a truly outstanding deal if you use it consistently and frequently. We believe it’s targeted towards a more hardcore PS audience. Its virtues lie in the rewards it brings for the players who put in the most amount of hours into playing games. It’s also a service that is charming for your wallet as long as you pay tribute to it monthly.

This is backed by the fact that they gave out $1,150 worth of free games over the course of 2016. That’s a pretty convincing statement if you ask us. But even though free stuff is nice, the true benefits of PlayStation Plus are that it’s necessary for any online gaming experience. There wouldn’t be a well established online PS community without it. And that’s why it’s worth it in our books.