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Over 50 years worth of Playboy content in one site, including celebrity nudes, legendary centerfolds, and a whole new series of exclusive HD videos. A real must have for fans of the magazine.
Complete review published on 07.30.2016
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Fans of Playboy magazine rejoice! Playboy Plus looks to be their best web representation yet. The tour page promises thousands of "Playboy Quality" girls, which, from the looks of it, means some of the best centerfolds in the history of their publication. What's more, members will be privy to special editions and all those juicy celebrity issues — not to mention an archive of over 100,000 Playboy pictures and videos. And to seal the deal they guarantee daily updates, lightning fast streaming HD and no download caps.
Over 8850 videos about 3 minutes each (download and stream)
DRM: No restrictions
+ Full Movies, Multi-Bandwidth
MP4 (2200kb/s, 1280x720)
Flash (1500kb/s, 848x480)
Over 9500 galleries about 35 pictures each
+ Fullscreen pictures, Zip archives
3rd Party Feeds, Model Index, Message Board, Interviews, Live Chat, Games
At first, you might find yourself a little taken aback by the sheer size of the site. I was. I guess grandslam numbers should hardly be surprising, though, considering just how long Playboy has been in business. Either way, I can honestly say that I didn't expect this much of the magazine to show up on the site.
Indeed, Ol' Hef must have been in a particularly good mood on the day he authorized content for Playboy Plus, because it has the best stats I've seen on a Playboy site, by far. If my count is correct, members can look forward to a whopping 3,322 models, 8850 scenes and 9500 photo galleries. And, just as promised on the tour, they add a minimum of one new update each day.
And since the archive is a marriage of magazine and online content, the collection is pretty diverse. In fact, videos and galleries are broken up into 7 distinct categories: Playmates, Celebrities, Cybergirls, International, Co-ed Girls, Amateurs, and Special Edition. My personal favorite was the celeb category. It's amazing, when you think about it, just how many big names have graced their pages over the years — Bo Derek, Drew Barrymore, and Kim Kardashian, just to name a few. As always, the Playboy photographers did a fine job of capturing these goddesses at their best. You'd think they'd have finally lost a step by now, but the photography is still as amazing as ever.
As you can imagine, with so much content, their archive goes pretty damn far back. I can honestly say, though, that I'm pretty sure that — up until the point of reviewing this site, anyway — I had never seen a porn update with a timestamp that predated the early '90s. But on some of these babies you'll find markings that go back over half a century.
As such, quality tends to vary from set-to-set. With more recent updates, you can expect 100+ shots, all sporting a very high resolution and sharp look. Once you go back a few decades, however, quality tends to drop significantly. So much so, in fact, that some shots sport resolutions that barely break 1,000 pixels. To be honest, I'm not sure why such a small resolution size was ever necessary.
On that note, video quality is a bit of a mixed bag, too. Updates started in '02, and have steadily improved throughout the years. The most recent scenes can be downloaded/streamed in multiple formats and resolutions, including a stunning 1920 x 1080 Windows Media file. Older scenes do share the 1080 and 720p resolutions, but they're obviously scaled up, as the difference in play-back quality is night and day. Streaming video was pretty effortless, and for that matter downloads were, too, averaging at a rate of a meg-per-second.
If you're looking for hardcore action, you can stop reading now. Because the closest you'll get is the light petting contained in the occasional mild lesbian scene. Most of the time, it's going to be seductive solo work. Still, even though video is not really Playboy's forte, I think they've pulled it off rather nicely, nonetheless. The Cybergirls series, in particular, is a great example of top shelf erotica. I just wish they'd increase the running times. I don't know about you, but 3 minutes just leaves me feeling teased.
If I have one disappointment with this site, it would be the current navigational setup. Though I have to admit, I do have mixed feelings. on the one hand, the page itself looks great. The layout is sleek and modern looking, and everything is well organized and meticulously labeled. But still, with so much content, I think they could have incorporated a few more browse-tools. On the bright side, they're not far off. Just a few tweeks here and there, and it'll be smooth sailing.
Looking for bonuses? Well, this fine gentleman's publication has always been known to provide more than just T&A, and there's a section of the site known as the Playground that is devoted specifically to high-class post-masturbation entertainment. Once you've blown your load, you can enjoy film reviews, a great little advice column, celebrity interviews, sports & news talk, and a lot of those great old articles you will, no doubt, remember reading(reading??) in Playboy magazine.
It's rare to see such a big brand offering so much for so little. For less than $30 bucks a month, Playboy Plus gives you unlimited access to a wealth of world-class nude photography, dating all the way back to the '50s. And since it's Playboy we're talking about here, you can count on a consistent, high level of quality. This one should be a dream come true for fans of the magazine, and is shaping up to be a viable alternative to some of the better babe/glamour sites out there.
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