PlayStation Plus Launching for Vita Next Week

As if Sony hasn’t already made PlayStation Plus an extremely attractive offer on the PS3, they have just announced the details of the Vita component of Plus that will be launching in just under a week on November 19th. The Plus update will be packaged as part of the next system software update for the handheld (v2.00).

Just as with the Plus program on your home console, Plus for Vita will exclusive discounts and bonuses for Vita owners, while not costing you anything beyond your current Plus subscription. Vita’s Plus will have similar features to its console counterpart including automatic updates and trophy syncing, an exclusive gigabyte of cloud storage for your Vita saves, and access to the Vita’s Instant Game Collection.

Starting November 20th, Sony will be offering a whopping six free games for the instant game collection on the Vita! This first update will give gamers Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Jet Set Radio HD, WipEout 2048, Gravity Rush and Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack!, as well as the PSP title, Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions. These games will be consistently rotated out similar to how the PS3 Instant Game Collection works.

With the addition of the Vita Instant Collection, that brings the total number of free games that Sony is offering to 18. Your subscription price will not change with the addition of the Vita content. PlayStation Plus can still be enjoyed for $17.99 for 3 months and $49.99 for a full year. Remember that you will lose access to any free games that you have downloaded if your subscription lapses.

The v2.00 update will have other new features for the Vita such as an email manager, a revamped browser, improved content management, and video playback in full 1080P HD . The video playback will also support closed captioning.

With rumors on the horizon of Black Friday deals that will include PS Plus subscriptions with the purchase of a PS3, there has never been a better time to jump into the world of PlayStation. Just make sure you have a big enough memory card and hard drive, you’re going to need it.

If you aren’t yet a PlayStation Plus subscriber, will the addition of Vita content get you to subscribe? If you don’t own a Vita, will the new Plus features entice you to buy one? If you don’t have Plus or a Vita, does this make you want both?  Sound off in the comments and let us know!


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