Sony has announced the details of what PlayStation Plus subscribers can expect for the PlayStation Vita. North American subscribers can expect six free games on November 19th, whilst European members will receive four free games on the 21st of November. The support will be included amongst other new features of the 2.00 Update.
Announced on the respective region’s blog, Sony have detailed what users can expect of the upcoming 2.00 update and the addition of PlayStation Plus support for PlayStation Vita. Confirmed on the North American blog, version 2.00 will include: an email application, transfer data between the user’s computer and handheld wirelessly, web browser improvement, and the features that PlayStation Plus would bring.
The Vita’s PlayStation Plus will bring the features that the subscription already brings PlayStation 3 users. Subscribers will receive 1GB cloud storage for game save data. Furthermore, users will be able to permit the handheld to both update the handheld and installed games, as well as synchronise trophies, automatically at a specific time of day.
North American subscribers will have access to Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, WipEout 2048, Jet Set Radio HD, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (PlayStation Portable), and Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack!!! All of the mentioned titles will belong to the Instant Game Collection, meaning that they will all be free.
Meanwhile, European subscribers will also have access to Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, and Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack!!! for free in the Instant Game Collection. Unlike the Americans, the Instant Game Collection for Europe will contain Chronovolt, but will have less games on offer overall. Every month will see new additions to the Instant Game Collection for both regions.
Europe aren’t exactly missing out, as they already have a better Instant Game Collection for the PlayStation 3. However, Sony will offer a discount sale for subscribers in Europe only for one week, which will see a range of Vita titles see a 20% cut. Those titles are: Escape Plan, Unit 13, Hustle Kings, Motorstorm RC, Super Stardust Delta and Advanced Star Fighter Pack Bundle, Top Darts, Little Deviants, Modnation Racers: Road Trip, and Reality Fighters.
When asked about a possible inclusion of PlayStation Classic titles, Chris Howe (PlayStation Store and Plus Content Manager for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe) said, “[W]e may look at some as they are good enough titles”.
Chris Howe also answered a fan’s disappointment over the exclusion of the titles that the US are receiving, saying, “Just remember everyone, just because a title isn’t on the EU systems yet doesn’t mean it won’t be in the future.”
PlayStation Plus subscriptions cost £39.99/$49.99/€49.99 for a year. The PlayStation Plus for PlayStation Vita will come at no extra charge, and both will be included in the same package.