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Submitted by Foolsjoker 1012d ago | opinion piece

The Actual Price of the PS4: What it Means if PS World is a Premium Online Service

As Sony is only a day away from announcing the much anticipated PS4 (codenamed Orbis) at PlayStation Meeting 2013, new rumors have released talking about a premium service called PlayStation World that will replace PS+. With that the Daily Reaction crew of Seb and Dan break down what this new service could entail, as well as the PS4’s potential release date, suspected pricing, and the new controller (DualShock 4). (Next-Gen, PlayStation World, PS3, PS4)

doctorstrange  +   1012d ago
A Brave New PlayStation World!
ArmGunar  +   1012d ago
With more rumors about BC with Gaikai, I bet:
- PS++: all features of PS+ of now + new features + BC Gaikai unlimited
- PS+: all features of PS+ of now and new features
- No PS+: like now = online gaming free

riverstars86  +   1012d ago
I'll bet that online gaming will not be free. If I'm wrong, then oh well. Lol
-Alpha  +   1012d ago
^ I hope it's still free. It's such a great advantage over XBL. What Sony lacked this generation was a polished, feature-rich service. They can have that with PS4, and in addition to free online, it can be very effective at marketing PSW as a legitimate service over XBL.

But at the same time: If Sony does charge to play online, what are we going to do about it? It's free money, and I bet at the end of the day, most of us who want a PS4 will get a PS4 and put up with it anyway. Not like we're going to turn to MS-- if Sony can match XBL this generation, then console buyers will have no choice.

I dont like it at all, but the only reason PSN was free this gen was because Sony needed that advantage over MS. There really wasn't anything that they COULD charge for at the beginning because they didn't launch a planned service like MS did. Now, that's different, and online is clearly designed with a plan for PS4.

With Sony seemingly offering an amazing suite of features, it's a fresh start for them to make good profits, and they really need those profits. I still hope and think that they will choose to keep online access free and advertise the hell out of it, but I can see the rationale behind charging.
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Foolsjoker  +   1012d ago
A new...more expensive world.
alexcosborn  +   1012d ago
Yep, and one I'm hesitant to be a part of :/
LOGICWINS  +   1012d ago
I'd gladly pay $100 a year for a PS++ if I found it to be worth it.
Foolsjoker  +   1012d ago
Not really sure what they could add to PS+ to drive the cost even further up.
ElectricKaibutsu  +   1012d ago
$529... That's a bit more pricey than I expected...
LOGICWINS  +   1012d ago
"Not really sure what they could add to PS+ to drive the cost even further up.:

Cloud support? Running servers ain't cheap.
zebramocha  +   1012d ago
@electric yes it is,but I believe it'll be price $350-$400 range only because people predicted the being $700.
TheGamerDood  +   1012d ago
With all the competition that's starting to crop up the last thing you want to do is increase your prices. If Sony goes the way of Live and starts charging for MP and other basic services, I'm out. I'll stick with PC or just quit gaming altogether. It's getting too expensive at this point.
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LOGICWINS  +   1012d ago
^^Calm down. Thats not happening. Sony will just build upon what they already have. Gaming online will stay free, but they WILL charge for Gaikai.
TheGamerDood  +   1012d ago

Well at this point we don't know what Sony is planning to announce so there is a chance they'll go that route. If they do, then console gaming is pretty much done in my home. I wasn't even thinking about Gaikai but more MP and the other online services that you can currently access for free. Truthfully though, I don't think Sony would be that stupid to copy one of the worst features from their competitor's service. I think the rumor is basically BS and things will remain more or less the same but if by chance that it doesn't well then...
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dubt72  +   1012d ago
529 US dollars!!!
mochachino  +   1012d ago
As long as there's still free online MP, Sony can have paid Playstation Universe for all I care. PSN plus offers a lot more saving than Live already so I think Sony is on the right track with their online strategy.
TrendyGamers  +   1012d ago
Foolsjoker  +   1012d ago
Kainstein and his theory of making things awesome.
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doctorstrange  +   1012d ago
PS4 + Games = Awesome Squared
TrendyGamers  +   1012d ago

Awesome cubed.
dbjj12088  +   1012d ago
Hello subscription subsidizing. Still pay $600!
ApolloTheBoss  +   1012d ago
As long as online multiplayer is still free I have no problem with this.
Tapioca Cold  +   1012d ago
If the idiots playing on xbox live complained this wouldn't be an issue. However, since they have blindly dumped $50 a year into Microsofts pockets, Sony will have us doing the same.

Thanks Xbox Livers'!
doctorstrange  +   1012d ago
While you said it in a flamebait, trolly way, you kinda have a point. The fact that millions of people are happily paying a ton for online, Sony must be at least considering doing it themselves.
izumo_lee  +   1012d ago
Personally i think that regular online play like we have now on the PS3 will still be free. All the subscription services like Netflix & whatnot will be a seperate price.

With Playstation Cloud that may include the Gaikai service it will be the 'premium' subscription to obviously subsidize the cost for running the service.
C-Thunder  +   1012d ago
I think it will be the same way it is now, free to play online with ps+ providing discounts and their cloud service, maybe for a little more, but maybe not. Cloud part could be separate, leaving a three their system in place.
doctorstrange  +   1012d ago
I hope it's this
Xer0_SiN  +   1012d ago
i keep seeing a 499 price point, which to me, is worth it. i know ill be buying atleast a couple ps4s to flip to pay for my personal one. you know this gizmo is gonna blow up on craigslist and ebay on launch day, just like all apple iphone iterations and all playstations before it.
Wedge19  +   1012d ago
I wouldn't mind a small subscription fee for a full cloud service. I pay for Netflix and I hardly use it, why not for streaming games?
DigitalRaptor  +   1012d ago
The wise and noble option is to keep online free. It's good for the consumers and it's what gives Sony their edge. In fact that 'edge' part might just be a lie because other companies don't charge for P2P connectivity like Microsoft does. PS+ is Sony's latest revenue stream and if rumours about their cloud services falling under PS+, it will be even more popular in a few month's time.

I have no issues with a premium service that charges for advanced features or access to licensed content, but a premium for access to basic online play and free apps? GTFO here with that abominable crap!
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ger2396  +   1012d ago
Free online is the main reason I prefer ps3 over Xbox. If they continue it on the ps4, they could lure away a lot of Xbox gamers back PlayStation.
bamillington  +   1011d ago
i stick with wii u its free online. hope your gonna be happy with your updated graphics he he
Ripsta7th  +   1011d ago
Yeahh Wnt be Free :( i hope it is thought, aint gona keep my hopes up thought

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