About PlayStation Plus
PlayStation Plus is a subscription based service that offers PlayStation Network users features over and above what those using the free PlayStation Network facilities receive. The service was launched in late June 2010 and is compatible with the PS3 and later PlayStation console models. The PlayStation Plus service can also be used with the hand-held PlayStation Vita Console, which was first released in December 2011.
Those who use PlayStation Plus will still have access to all of the free features of the standard PlayStation Network service, but also additional features and functionality on top. These features include the opportunity to have their PlayStation console set to automatically download system software updates, game updates and game demos, as well as getting earlier access than standard PlayStation Network users to some game demos. Users also gain exclusive or early access to beta versions of some games, along with premium downloadable content. They also receive certain games free of charge, but will only have access to these games for as long as their subscription continues: if they cancel their subscription, access to the game will be lost unless it is purchased.
PlayStation Plus also allows subscribers to save their save files to the cloud, instead of relying on memory cards connected to their PlayStation console. This service was launched in March 2011.
Subscription to the PlayStation Plus service is available in various different ways. The standard subscription length is for a full year, but PlayStation users can also purchase a 90 day subscription.