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Sony pumps up PlayStation Plus

Electronics giant makes a move that may finally unseat Microsoft's dominance of the online home gaming experience.


Later this week, PlayStation Plus members can download 12 games free, including major titles such as Infamous 2, LittleBigPlanet 2, and Saints Row 2. The company expects to start bringing more free games to the table each month, suggested PlayStation President and CEO Jack Tretton at Sony's E3 press conference.

Launched in June 2012 (and announced at E3 2010), the PlayStation Plus premium subscription service currently offers users discounted games, full game trials, access to betas and demos, and other services for the PlayStation 3. It never truly caught on with consumers the way Microsoft's Xbox Live online service did, but Plus still added much needed value to the PS3 online experience.

Will bolstering the games available through the PlayStation Plus subscription service be enough to entice gamers to open their wallets? We'll see.