Sony Computer Entertainment America has announced "PlayStation Play," a new program that offers downloadable gifts to players that download any or all of four titles to be released later this summer.
Games in the program -- and the rewards for each -- include:
*Street Fighter III Third Strike Online Edition
(August 23): Unlock boss character Gill without beating the game with all characters.
(August 30): Co-op character "Roesha – One Bad Mutha".
* BloodRayne: Betrayal
(September 6): BloodRayne
-themed PlayStation Home avatar item and dynamic system theme.
* Renegade Ops
(September 13): Vehicle & Character Pack with two new vehicles and special weapons.
All four titles, none of which are exclusive to Sony systems, will be sold for $14.99, but PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive a 20 percent discount on each game.
In addition, customers 18-and-up who purchase all four titles by September 19 will also receive a download code for Payday: The Heist
, a $19.99 value.
Pre-ordering titles in the Play program starting August 9 also earns purchasers a free downloadable PlayStation 3 theme.
Sony's announcement comes as Microsoft undertakes its fourth annual "Summer of Arcade" promotion
, offering a free download of Crimson Alliance
to customers that purchase five weekly, exclusive Xbox Live Arcade releases.
Ubisoft recently announced
that From Dust
, released as part of the Summer of Arcade promotion, had become the company's fastest-selling digital release.