While one of the more adventurous rumors of E3 2012 involves a Sony announcement regarding cloud game streaming features on the PS3 for PS Plus subscribers, we have today heard stronger rumors that Sony will announce a complete revamp to PlayStation Plus at their press conference next week.
This has been a long time coming anyway, as the company has made no secret of their plans to introduce new ways to make their premium subscription to the PlayStation Network as appealing as possible to first time buyers.
One logical new approach to doing this is by extending the PS+ benefits over to the PS Vita, which Eurogamer has heard will happen starting at E3. Vita owners will apparently be able to subscribe to PS+ as well and they’ll get free ‘exclusive’ games to download, as well as free pieces of DLC as well.
Another benefit that PS+ subscribers with a Vita will have over non subscribers is the ability to back up saves and other content directly to a cloud, without the need to connect to a PS3 system or PC first. As for the future of PS+ regarding current subscribers on PS3, we’re hearing that Sony will be offering ‘top tier’ games for free as part of the package, games which presumably will be latest releases and not the mid-card games that PS3 users already have that Sony have a tendency to do with their current format.
With all this talk about improving the PSN though so ultimately Sony take home more money, we hope that there are some plans in place to improve the PS3 XMB. It is also no secret that some of the features can well do with a revamp, the internet browser being the most notorious.
As a Vita owner, are you happy to pay for a PS+ subscription if the benefits are good enough? The worse case scenario would be for Sony to announce remote play support with PS3 titles at last, but make Vita owners pay for them with a PS+ subscription. These cloud features between PS3 and Vita has massive potential obviously, but we just hope that Sony don’t get too greedy and lock away the best features of the new PSN for paid customers only.