Every PS4 comes with $10 PlayStation Store credit; 30 days of PS Plus and Music

Sony is going to give people who stand in line to buy a PlayStation 4 console one week from today some more incentives, as if they really needed any more. Today, the company announced all PS4 purchases will come with three extras that should give them a taste of the PS4's online services.

The PlayStation blog reveals that one of the three extras is a code to get $10 in credit for use in the online PlayStation Store. The storefront will have all of the company's 23 launch titles available for download. That means PS4 owners could use the credit to take $10 off the price of a digital download version of a $59.99 PS4 launch game like "Killzone: Shadow Fall" or "Call of Duty Ghosts".

In addition, each PS4 will have a code to get 30 days of free use of the PlayStation Plus service. Unlike the PS3, PS4 owners will have to buy a subscription to PS Plus to get access to online multiplayer. The PS4 also comes with 30 days of free use of Music Unlimited, Sony's streaming music service. Both PS Plus and Music Unlimited normally have a one month price of $9.99 each.

So basically, Sony is giving PS4 owners close to $30 in free access to its online services for the console, which makes the $399.99 price tag for the console itself a little easier to deal with; the PS4 launches in the U.S on November 15th.

Source: PlayStation blog | Image via Sony

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I'm guessing the "free trial" wont extend to existing PS+ members for 30 days worth of additional credit? (Same as existing promotions for PS3 / Vita).

I've wondered about that. The cost of the media is tiny but the physical disks can have multiple owners so really they should cost more. I suspect it's due to partner agreements not to undercut each other but eventually single owner digital copies will cost less.

Given online gaming is now charged for, it's a good way to accustom PS3 owners not used to having to pay to play online into their new pay-to-play system.

The thing is, it costs money to keep such a network running, money from consoles and game sales isn't enough for the constant upkeep. It was fairly cheap when it was simple as it was initially. Changing mid-way a console wasn't really the way to go either.

We have both 360 and ps3 at our house but I don't see myself buying new consoles. only game we play online is COD and ghosts is out on 360 so I'm set for at least a year.

Media capabilities don't interest me either, we have a HTPC and an Apple TV.

jakem1 said,
Fascinating. Tell us about your fridge.

It worked when he plugged it in and didn't need a firmware upgrade on day one.

I'll get one, when they drop the price to something sensible.
£400 for a games console? I'd rather put that to upgrading my PC, which can do more AND would be backwards compatible with my older games

I'm not dying to buy either consoles. I will wait until the price drops and things get resolved and decent reviews come out. I don't mind missing features at launch that will get resolved. But they both try to push the idea that they are a living room devices to play movies. I doubt they will play video formats like my $30 media player.

Competition is wonderful. I love companies fighting for my money. Microsoft, it is now your turn to mute Sony's offer.

JHBrown said,
Competition is wonderful. I love companies fighting for my money. Microsoft, it is now your turn to mute Sony's offer.

Agreed. People take stuff like this too harshly if you ask me. Fanboys alike should all be happy about freebies, regardless of their chosen console. Competition is what makes the video game industry so awesome!

free music because you can't play an mp3 on the so called 2013 futuristic game console. I guess maybe the PS5 will play music.

neonspark said,
free music because you can't play an mp3 on the so called 2013 futuristic game console. I guess maybe the PS5 will play music.

Or Sony will feel the heat and add support later.

Spicoli said,
Or was this already the counter for the lack of new features?

The PS4 is superior in every way to the Xbox One, including the free credits and the ability to play games on launch day with or without an internet connection.

Hey, we know we spent years attacking the competition because they were charging for online play, but now that we are charging here is a month for free. Now give us your credit card #, so that we can store it in our database and hopefully we will not let hackers see it this time.

recursive said,

The PS4 is superior in every way to the Xbox One, including the free credits and the ability to play games on launch day with or without an internet connection.

Not wanting to turn this thread into yet another XBONE vs PS4 thread but please do your research before spouting such rubbish. PS4 is better in EVERY way? seriously? I want some of what your smoking please lol

No HDMI IN, No PlayTV device - That means it has ZERO Live TV support. Please don't counter this argument with 'but I don't care about Live TV' or 'People use NetFlix now'. I don't care, this is a feature PS4 doesn't have, so deal with it.

Motion tracking using lights on the JOYPAD! - XBONE has Kinect 2. This is SIGNIFICANTLY better! again, I don't care if you don't like Kinect games. My 3 and 4 year old kids do, deal!

Windows 8 app support (SkyPe, Skydrive, Plex) - I've no idea if Plex will come to the PS4?

Unless you are one of those people who 'want the one with the bigger geebees'? it remains to be seen if multi platform games will look any better on the PS4 than the XBONE. I've been a PC gamer for many years, and have had countless graphics cards (too many I lost count). The difference between the hardware will not mean the PS4 will be able to run 1080p 60fps will all the eye candy and have mega frame rate, whilst the XBONE has to make do with 720p, less eye candy to match the same frame rate. What I think we'll see is that IF the PS4 runs a multi platform title at the higher resolution, the XBONE will have the better frame rate. Like I say, remains to be seen.

Personally, I think there will be very little between them, and I would rather have lower native resolution, hardware upscaled with high fps than a higher native res and lower fps.

recursive said,

The PS4 is superior in every way to the Xbox One, including the freeĥ credits and the ability to play games on launch day with or without an internet connection.

HAHAHAHAHA you got to be ****ting me xD ps4 can't even play a bluray without the day one patch, no mp3 playback, no dlna, no multitasking, not the same great interface xD but thanks for the laugh though

Jarrichvdv said,

HAHAHAHAHA you got to be ****ting me xD ps4 can't even play a bluray without the day one patch, no mp3 playback, no dlna, no multitasking, not the same great interface xD but thanks for the laugh though


Multitasking on a console... so you can play while you play???? yo dawg...