Playstation+ is five years old today, and Sony is celebrating. According to a recent post on the PS Blog, the company will be sending out special gifts to anyone that’s been with the service since day one. The company writes:
“To celebrate those of you that have been with us from the very beginning, a limited edition gift will be arriving in the mail for those of you that have been part of the journey since the very start. Think you may be one of them? Then keep a close eye on your emails as we’ll be getting in touch today.”
The distinction here between “mail” and “email” is an interesting one: it opens up the possibility of an actual physical gift, which would certainly be an improvement over a special raft of free games, or deals. I didn’t sign up for PS+ five years ago, so we’ll have to wait until the loyal subscribers start posting the reward to reddit to find out. Check back here later for more info.
PS+ began, in a certain way, as a competition for Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold, except it offered a whole lot more value. Where Microsoft gated most online content behind its gold subscription, Sony already offered most of those services for free, and instead PS+ offered subscribers access to an instant game collection every month, a great idea that Microsoft has since adopted but not quite matched. PS+ is now also required to play most online games on Playstation now representing a curious meeting of concepts between the two services. Looking back on it, PS+ came towards the beginning of offering ultra-cheap digital downloads on consoles, representing the shifts in game pricing that came along with the transition to digital marketplaces. Steam pioneered the idea with its famous rock-bottom sales, but PS+ took it a step further with the subscription service.
Sony recently announced that players would be able to vote on which games would be included in each month’s bundle, which is a fun twist on the now well-established system. This month’s games include Limbo, Sound Shapes, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, God of War: Ascension, Castlestorm: Complete Edition, and Stealth inc. 2: A Game of Clones.