It's time to make the PlayStation Vita that much more intriguing to gamers.
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) has announced that PlayStation Plus, the premium PlayStation Network subscription, will expand its Instant Game Collection to include support for Sony's new portable in North America. This support begins on November 19. Yep, next week.
Plus members will get 6 new titles to play on the Vita along with the 12 that are already available for the PS3, and all this can be had for less than $5/month (considering the one-year $49.99 annual fee). Plus will hit the Vita when the handheld's new system software update, Version 2.00, arrives. If you're not yet familiar, Plus' Instant Game Collection features unlimited access to a continually revolving stable of new downloadable titles. And to kick things off for the Vita, gamers will be able to check out Uncharted: Golden Abyss , Jet Set Radio , WipEout 2048 , Gravity Rush , and Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack!
Said SCEA vice president of marketing home consoles and portable platforms, John Koller:
"The PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection is such an incredible value, providing PS3™ and now PS Vita owners with a library of 18 games for less than $5 a month. Ultimately, we know that gamers choose platforms based on content, and with the addition of PS Plus and a stellar lineup of exclusive games launching for the platform by this holiday season, now is the perfect time to purchase a PS Vita."
And of course, beyond the Instant Game Collection, Plus offers exclusive discounts, early access to beta tests and downloadable content, automatic updating, and online cloud storage for up to 2GB worth of game saves (1GB for PS3 and 1GB for Vita). If you're interested, you can try Plus for 3 months for $17.99 or spring for the 12-month plan for the cost of $49.99. If you're already a member, you'll be able to enjoy all Plus features on the Vita at no extra charge.