Sony has been promising for a while now that its PlayStation Plus service which offers free games, discounts, and other service perks that remain in effect for as long as one pays the membership fee would be coming to the company's PlayStation Vita handheld system, and now the time has come for Plus's Vita debut to knock some metaphorical socks off. This morning came the long-awaited announcement that Plus will be available on the Vita starting November 19. Six Vita games will be included in the Instant Game Collection, and it appears that Sony is bringing out the big guns to entice Vita-owning non-members into springing for the service and to persuade current members who do not own a Vita into picking one up. Here's the list of games that will be available in North America for no additional charge beyond Plus membership starting next week:
- Uncharted: Golden Abyss
- Jet Set Radio HD
- WipEout 2048
- Gravity Rush
- Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack!
- Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (PSP)
Those titles are a great way to kick things off (particularly Uncharted). Expect the heavy hitter titles to stay in the rotation for a while, but the smaller titles will surely be swapped out with new entries frequently just as with the PlayStation 3's lesser Plus offerings. As someone who has been on the fence about the Vita since it's release due to price concerns and general bang-for-buck questions, seeing all of this content become available to me at no extra charge beyond what I'm already paying for Plus has me considering that Assassin's Creed III Liberation Vita bundle and a decent memory card. Combined with the Plus content and all of the cross-play PS3/Vita content I already have waiting in the wings, I could go months before playing everything in my collection. That's a difficult notion to ignore.