In June 2010, Sony launched PlayStation Plus. When it originally launched, PS Plus was a subscription service that would provide players with access to free PS3 and PSP games every month, along with discounts, exclusive access to beta tests and demos, as well as features like automatic downloads for updates. Since then, the service has expanded to provide free PS Vita games and free PS4 games too.
Thanks to the runaway success of the PS4, and the fact that PlayStation Plus is a mandatory requirement for PS4 multiplayer, over 10 million people have subscribed to the service. Many of these subscribers are happy with PlayStation Plus’ offerings too and popular and critically acclaimed games like BioShock Infinite, Resogun, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception have all been offered in the past. However, with PlayStation Plus’ free games changing every month, there’s no way that everyone’s interests can be catered to all of the time, something which regularly leads to complaints from subscribers.
To remedy this, it seems like Sony will release a new feature called ‘Vote To Play’. This was discovered by (UK-based) NeoGAF user El_Cinefilo who reportedly stumbled upon a video titled ‘Vote To Play’ as they were looking at the What’s New section of the PlayStation Store. According to El_Cinefilo, who posted a transcript of the video, Vote To Play will be an “exciting way to have your say on what you’d like to play next through PlayStation Plus”. Whichever game has the most votes at the end of the month will be offered for free via PlayStation Plus, while the runners up will be offered to PlayStation Plus subscribers at a discount.
Unfortunately, the Vote to Play video has since been removed from the What’s New section, likely having been posted in error, but El_Cinefilo was able to take some screenshots. As the image above shows, digital board game Armello, co-op title Zombie Vikings, and Ubisoft’s adventure platformer Grow Home could all feature on PlayStation Plus, following a stint on Vote To Pay. Armello is scheduled for a September 1 release on PS4 and while Grow Home has not yet been confirmed for consoles (it was initially released on PC), Ubisoft will be at Gamescom and so the game may announced for Sony’s console then.
If Vote To Play does exist, then it could be a smart move from Sony as the ability to vote on freebies could encourage more players to subscribe to the service, it would also work well with the recently announced discount system, PlayStation Plus Specials.
However, the company will also need to be wary about which games it pits against each other because if big budget games are paired off against smaller indie games, the games with lesser brand recognition are going to be beaten every time. One of the most praised things about PlayStation Plus is how it has introduces players to games that they otherwise wouldn’t have bought – games such as Rocket League – and so it would be a shame if Vote To Play stopped that from happening.
Do you think that Vote To Play is a good idea? Have you been impressed with PlayStation Plus’ free games lately? Leave a comment and let us know.