RUMOR: Upcoming Firmware Brings Cross-Buy to the PS3

From "Cross-Buy, it's Sony's newest method of benefiting gamers. By purchasing the PS3 copy of a Cross-Buy enabled title, you'll also receive a Vita copy of the game at no extra cost, effectively saving you $40 in most cases. But how exactly does this work? Do you receive a voucher in the packaging, or is this somehow tied to your account? Well it seems like Insomniac Games' James Stevenson has given us our first details about this mysterious program."

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Godchild10202156d ago

That seems the best way to go about making this cross-buy feature work with retail copies. And make sure Sony doesn't lose money, when they could be gaining it with sales of the Vita copy being sold by them or by an authorized retailer.

I wonder, how will this work with used copies of the PS3 version?

KUV19772156d ago

If I had to bet I would go with 'Cross-Buy only on digital purchases'. Everything else doesn't make sense from a company view. If it did some disc verification, everyone could borrow the PS3 version and get the VITA version for free. If they included a voucher people would sell it on ebay, effectively getting the PS3-game cheaper and whoever buys the VITA-voucher also buying a cheaper game, without the publisher making money from it. Even if it is combined in the online-pass, which could very well be, people would sell it on ebay and just buy the pass for 10 bucks in the store. There is no other way for SONY to make sure people don't abuse cross-buy than making it digital purchase only. Another reason is that they want to push digital sales anyway.

While I would love to be wrong and to get a voucher with the ragular disc game I certainly doubt it.

Rayansaki2155d ago

They could tie the code with 1st day dlc or online pass so if you sold the code you'd lose on that on PS3 version

KUV19772155d ago

Yeah as I said, tying it into online pass would be possible, but still everyone without a VITA would sell the code on ebay for 30 to 40 bucks (assuming a full game is 40-50) and buy the online pass for 10 bucks from the store and maybe the DLC later for another 5 or 10 bucks. Even I would do that if I didn't have a VITA. It is a heavy instant rebate. There is no way SONY could work around this, so they will not have vouchers in disc versions. You can disagree with me all you want but I am willing to bet on that, because if I was the company I would do just the same to protect my income.

GribbleGrunger2156d ago

Isn't it more likely to be a hidden feature of the latest firmware?

sdozzo2156d ago

Please, how many games are cross buy? Great idea that is rarely used and I don't blame them, they lose money on it.

Xof2156d ago

While I'm a big fan of the -concept- of cross-buy, in practice... not so much. Mostly because it all seems to be one way--buy a PS3 game, get a Vita game, rather than the other way around. Meaning the Vita games will -always- be digital.

The whole overpriced proprietary memory format aside, even the 32GB card fills up rather rapidly.

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