Spain, a country that has heavily favored PlayStation for years, was patiently waiting the PlayStation 4′s arrival on Nov. 29. Lot of gamers heard the rumors about Sony and PlayStation Plus — rumors that gamers were not going be able to be played online without a subscription to PlayStation Plus. Nothing was confirmed yet, so lot of Spanish gamers were still hopeful until the day Sony finally confirmed the news. One of Sony’s biggest advantages over Microsoft was history, and the new PS4 was going to be released with PlayStation Plus as a compulsory service to play online.
As Mark Stanley, head of PlayStation in Latin-America, said at the end of 2013, the decision to start up-charging consumers for this online service could create a division between video game consumers. On the other hand, he declared that those people who were going to pay for a service under PlayStation’s stamp will know that they were buying quality.
The division of which Stanley Spoke became a reality from the first day of the launch of the PS4 in Spain. In Spain PS4 buyers have only a 14-days free trial of PlayStation Plus, rather than the 30-day trial Americans have. There are still gamers who are not sure about buying this next-gen console because of the fact that subscribing to PlayStation Plus is absolutely necessary for online players. In fact, some of these gamers who pre-ordered the console and refused to buy it after learning they will need to pay to play online. However, other Spanish gamers understand that maintaining this service for free, as it was with PlayStation 3, is not viable anymore, so they consider a good idea paying €6.99/month or €49.99/year for PlayStation Plus.
“Apart from needing it to play online, you can download for free games that in other cases you would never have bought,” said one gamers who spoke with GamerFitNation. Another gamer added, “For almost €50/year, Sony fills your console up with new games every week, apart from the offers and discounts Sony does in other good titles.” This gamer also says that considering the economic crisis lot of gamers are suffering from in the country, this annual payment is a good option for those people who do not have enough money to buy new titles every month.
Sony does not want to reveal the number of PlayStation Plus subscriptions since PS4′s release, but they have confirmed that the majority of the users will renew their subscription next year, since 97% of the gamers are happy with the service PlayStation Plus is providing, according to the facts disclosed by the company.
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