One of the bigger advantages the Playstation universe of games had over XBOX is the free access to their completely network. There's no Gold monthly plan you needed to buy (and continue to pay for) to jump fully online. This was already mitigated a bit by the PS+ plan, but at least that was pitched as premium content on top of everything else.
It's being chipped at more starting next month. Sony's said they'll start including Online Passes for their games, starting with Uncharted 3. If you buy the game new, you get a voucher code to enable online access for the game. If you buy the game used, or are renting it, or just borrowing it from a friend, you'd have to pay $10 to get that online access.
Effectively, this is PS Silver, only you're paying per game instead of per month.
This only affects games made by Sony themselves. 3rd parties are free to do what they want, but EA already adopted this idea last year. It's reasonable to expect it to be the standard within a year or so.
And if you're just buying new, it's not going to make much difference (except the annoyance of typing in a code.) It's going to make a big difference to the used game market over time; if the Gamestops aren't going to be able to sell them for as much because they're lesser version of the games, they're surely not going to be paying as much when they trade them in.
As a fan of smart business moves, this is swell idea. As a video game player, this is quite annoying.
Originally posted by thecubsfanAs a fan of smart business moves, this is swell idea. As a video game player, this is quite annoying.
GameFly and Netflix can't be too happy about this either (unless they reach some kind of agreement). It'll be interesting to see what happens with CoD:MW3.
More than anything, it doesn't speak well to Sony's already-tedious customer relations. I'm still pissed off about the Other OS removal, but then I was stupid enough to install linux on my PS3 to begin with...
I don't really buy used games, so this news does not mean much to me at all (and I don't play PS3 games online because their network, and my connection, stinks). That said, I can see how this hurts the consumers and it does damage the relations that were already frayed because of the earlier hacker issues.
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It wasn't that they couldn't put out a competitively priced product, it was that they didn't think they needed to. If one word was picked to describe Sony's actions concerning the PS3 it would have to be hubris.