Sony has at last revealed details of PlayStation Plus for Vita, confirming that the subscription service will expand to its new handheld next week.
Announced in a press release, PS Plus for Vita kicks off on November 21 for European players and will come at no extra cost for existing members. Sony promises four Vita games will be made available for free each month, starting with Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack and Chronovolt.
As well as free games, Vita subscribers will get the same features available on PS3, including automatic updates, and online storage, which has now been doubled to 2GB – 1GB each for PS3 and Vita saves.
Good news for Vita owners, then – but one has to wonder whether thirdparties will sign up so readily for the service as they have on PS3. PS Plus on a home console has essentially become another marketing tool for publishers – Borderlands and Darksiders were both given away for free in the run-up to the release of their respective sequels – and it’s also a smart way of boosting DLC sales.
On Vita, it’s a different matter. How will thirdparties feel about Sony giving away two highly regarded, high-profile firstparty exclusives? Will they so readily sign up to give away their own games this early in the system’s life when there are no sequels to promote, and much less DLC to be sold?
North American players will, according to the US PlayStation Blog, have a wider range of games available, with Chronovolt replaced by Wipeout 2048, Jet Set Radio, and PSP game Final Fantasy Tactics: The War Of The Lions.