DRIVECLUB retail, PS Plus editions get explained in this new video

DRIVECLUB-logoWith the DRIVECLUB release date and tech specs finally out in the open, Sony has been spending some time detailing what we can expect from Evolution Studios’ team-oriented PS4 racer.

DRIVECLUB was always intended to be a “free” game for PlayStation Plus members, though there are more than a few differences between the full priced retail game and the PlayStation Plus Edition. Enough that Sony felt they needed to better explain them.

So today, we get a new trailer and a new PS Blog post trying to break down what’s the same and what’s different when it comes to the upcoming versions of the game.  Basically, the PS Plus edition includes one location, 11 tracks, 10 cars and all the game modes, whereas the full-priced retail version (Blu-ray and digital) comes packed with 5 locations, 55 tracks, 50 cars and all 50 tour events.  

The free edition can be upgraded to the full version by parting with $49.99 for as long as your PS Plus subscription is in effect. It’s still a bit confusing, so it honestly seems to make the most sense to spend the full $59.99 and just avoid the free version if you have any interest in the game.

DRIVECLUB Explained | Blu-Ray vs PS+ Edition:
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Got it? Good. Read on for additional info from the PS Blog below. It sounds like more trailers and videos are on the way.

Last week we announced the release date for PS4?s first socially connected racing game ? DRIVECLUB.

The response we?ve seen to the trailer is seriously overwhelming, and it?s time for some more news.

Welcome to the first of three DRIVECLUB updates this week. DRIVECLUB PlayStation Plus Edition has been a hot topic since its announce, so today?s video (the first of three) should answer most of your questions about the actual content included in this edition compared to the Blu-ray version.

One of the recurring questions we keep seeing is about the scale of the PlayStation Plus Edition. The simple answer is that with an active PlayStation Plus subscription, you can download DRIVECLUB PlayStation Plus Edition, which comes with one location (India), 11 tracks, 10 cars and access to all game modes.

But why did we choose to offer this particular selection of the game to PlayStation Plus subscribers for free?

DRIVECLUB is inherently next gen. It?s about accessibility for all and building a community of gamers who love online play. DRIVECLUB PlayStation Plus Edition is designed to be a quick and easy way for gamers all over the world to join the DRIVECLUB community. You can take part in all the game modes, set, send and compete in challenges, and race online against others in the DRIVECLUB community.

We think you?ll have a lot of fun playing DRIVECLUB once it launches on October 7th, digitally via the PlayStation store and on Blu-ray at your local retailer. If you?re an active PlayStation Plus subscriber and have been playing the PlayStation Plus Edition, but decide you want the full DRIVECLUB experience, you can purchase a one-time upgrade for $49.99. This will give you access to all five locations, 55 tracks, 50 cars and all 50 tour events, as long as your PlayStation Plus subscription remains active.

If you?re not an active PlayStation Plus member, you can still get DRIVECLUB via the PlayStation Store or your local retailer on Blu-ray.

Stay tuned because there?s more content coming tomorrow with the ?Clubs? video, explaining why they?re crucial to making DRIVECLUB distinctly different.

Friday?s episode is all about challenges ? why we love ?em, what they give you and importantly, how they?ll make the game infinitely more networked and fun to play in your Club.

Over and out.