Thus far in 2009, we've noticed two distinct changes: 1. the sluggish economy has caused some gamers to cut back, and 2. Sony is finally starting to roll out major marketing campaigns for both hardware and software. You all know about the Killzone 2 advertisement blitz, and it appears they're keeping everyone in the loop regarding the PlayStation Network as well.
The fact that the PSN continues to be free is undoubtedly serving Sony well in this recession, and they just wanted to let you know what you could nab on the Store for only $50. Now, you could either go down to the store and spend that much (plus $10 more) on 1 brand new game, or you could purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription, or you could head onto the PSN and download a whole bunch of cool stuff. In the release, Sony provided two quick examples of what $50 in your wallet can get you:
Obviously, these are merely examples; the point is that you can make $50 go a long way on the PSN. With 8.8 million registered users in North America already, Sony reminds you that "the PlayStation Network supports free and community-centric online gameplay, communications tools, web browsing, commerce and PSP and PS3 connectivity." Yep, the operative word is, of course, "free."