When Sony announced PlayStation Plus at E3 there was a lot of confusion as to what the paid version of PSN would offer users. Yesterday evening, Susan Panico, Senior Director for PlayStation Network, clarified the features of PSN Plus in a blog post to the PlayStation blog.
At launch subscribers will get full access to the PlayStation Network game WipEout HD; PSP minis; as well as PS One classics like Fieldrunners, Age of Zombies, Rally Cross; and a game trial of Infamous. There'll also be free monthly episodes of Qore.
Other features of PSN Plus are free monthly games that once downloaded, are yours as long as you remain a subscriber. If you delete the game and decide you want it back, you can redownload it for free (as long as you're still a subscriber). You'll also get exclusive PlayStation Store discounts ranging from 20 percent to 50 percent. Members will also be included in demos and betas before anyone else.
There'll be free trials for users, which will allow you to download an entire game and play it for a set amount of time (usually an hour) as a 'try before you buy' option. If you decide to buy, you can pick up where you left off when your free hour expired.
Lastly, Susan talking about a feature that will download patches and updates automatically if that's your desire.
Pricing is $49.99 for a year and $17.99 for three months of service. If you purchase a year, you'll get three months free.