I'm honestly a big fan of Sony's PlayStation Plus. Now, I know a lot of people want AAA games cycled in and out every month, but we all know that's not possible; and frankly, I'm OK with that.
PS+ has been responsible for me to try out games I wouldn't even have glanced at if it wasn't available outside PlayStation Plus.
Would I want Sony to offer tiered memberships? I'm not sure. I think it might confuse some people, which Sony obviously doesn't want. What if Sony offers a higher PS+ membership but with guaranteed retail games? That's certainly food for thought, I think.
I'm honestly OK with how PS+ has been so far. I know people expect online multiplayer to be free, but it's not happening given how people are willing to pay for it. With PS+, at the very least, we get a few games every month along for the ride, which for some is the whole point of subscribing.
I think £40 (not sure what you yanks pay) for online access for a year isn't bad at all. The PS+ collection was always a bonus and I see
Stephen hit the nail on the head. Four games have made this entire year well worth the $50 paid (I already owned three of the four), and beyond that there are a ton of great games that I have had a lot of fun with. Sony introduced Plus initially because they knew they were going to have to start charging for online on the PS4. It was their way to ease us in to the transition of paying a yearly subscription fee for online play. Now gamers have become...dare I say it? Entitled.
For £40 here in the UK, I'm finding it really difficult to criticize PS+. It's great value for the countless hours of entertainment it guarantees. Well, almost guarantees, as there have been a few too many instances where the service has gone down without warning.
Here's hoping for a more stable 2016, with less downtime and more awesome free titles coming our way!
I'm with Ben in that I view the PS+ offerings as a bonus to come with the cost of paying for online multiplayer. Every month, even if I don't really intend to play the newcomers to the Instant Game Collection, I would still add them to my download list meaning I'm exposed to titles such as Hohokum, Ether One and rain -- games which could very well have dropped off my radar without PS Plus. That's coming from someone who would tends to stay up-to-date with the latest releases, too, and I know a lot of friends who don't pay as much attention to the industry who welcome that added value of experiencing new titles that are lumped under the asking price of a PS Plus subscription.
PlayStation Plus is still one of the best bargains in gaming.
It's all down to value perception. The beauty of PS Plus is that you don't HAVE to commit to an entire year. I'm very selective about the games I play for various reasons but I haven't found a reason to complain. I got myself a three-month membership earlier this year, and had a blast with games like The Swapper. I renewed it again when Rocket League was added to the lineup and I think I spent just as much time with that game as I did finishing The Witcher back in May/June. For me, the money was well spent. My membership has since expired and I haven't renewed it yet but I'll definitely be up for it if something catches my eye.