Actually, the official’ish b-day bash was a few nights ago (June 28), but I am just getting around to finding a few minutes to share some thoughts on year one.
PSN’er markburleson85 maintains a spectacular list of all the prizes, trinkets, discounts, and other miscellaneous crap offered to date by Sony as part of the PS+ program.
Of course spreadsheets are pretty and all, but for the graphics whore in you, check out IGN’s PS+ recap, replete with plenty of pretty graphs.
In my opinion the PS+ service has been well worth the $50 “investment.” While I have played many “free” games that I would have never purchased, I consider that a nice little bonus; sort of a way to round out my gaming experience. The discounts have been nice, but could be better – I would love to see a monthly coupon for a 20% discount on any PSN store item. Of course more exclusive avatars, themes, Home items, and sundry trinkets would be appreciated.
I am not sure if Sony considers the PS+ program a success, or if Sony is still trying to dip their foot in the water for pay-to-play network services. I do know that a hidden gem in the PS+ offering is the “automatic download” feature, which has been a fantastic timesaver. It is also readily apparent that Sony is moving towards more “cloud” type services, as this has been implicitly implied as part of the core Vita offering.
As PS+ moves into its second year, I hope for newer games, more day one discounts, and previously mentioned shiny trinkets.