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Why Paid Multiplayer Services Aren’t Going Anywhere

A look at some of Xbox Live's numbers and why Sony may get in on the paid multiplayer service scene.

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NastyLeftHook01252d ago

well psn is optional. xbox live is mandatory in all respects to there services. i see more online intergration though for both party's.

clintos591252d ago

Thats what I was saying but 360 loyalist who try an defend xbl say its optional when in reality, what if the user has friends who play on xbl & wants to play with them? Then there is no choice for them but to fork out money for xbl just to play with your friends. As I say all the time xbl & the way achievements was integrated into xbl is a scam but in a legit way imo.

Snookies121252d ago (Edited 1252d ago )

Sony already stated that multi-player would be free for PS4.

Godmars2901252d ago

And I can't ever see them putting 3rd party apps like Facebook or Netflix and the like behind a paywall. Nor Their own MMOs much less someone else's.

Root1252d ago

Even if they did make people pay for the PS4 the only people to blame are themselves. We allow Microsoft o walk all over us and hand them our money to a service which should be free....of course it would make Sony want to make people pay for online of the PS4 if they don't mind it with MS.

Thank god that they arn't though....we should consider ourselfs lucky.

Majin-vegeta1252d ago

Sony=Wanna play your games"ONLINE",access your apps like netflix etc..., go ahead it's free.

M$=Wanna play with your pals online,access netflix,youtube etc?To bad you you gotta pay us an extra fee on the side.

ALLWRONG1252d ago

Because paid services like Live have proven to be superior.

It's like the difference between network TV and cable. The only people who complain about cable are people who don't have it. Cable always offers more than network TV because you pay for it. Last time I checked you can't get shows like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Vikings, Defiance, Tosh.0, Conan or Spartacus on network TV.

Sure with PSN you can play all your games for free, until the servers get shut down and the games are no longer supported. With Live you can at least know that all your games will be supported no matter the age with P2P. Yeah PSN does provide basic online functionality, but try voice/party chatting with friends while playing other games.

PSN+ is more or less just a game rental service because you don't get to keep anything when you cancel. Now you have Sony's Gaikai a pay service for old Playstation games. With PSN+ $50 and Gaikai at $? it will most likely cost more than Live.

AusRogo1252d ago

Ps+ ends up being alot cheaper then actually going out to rent a game. Sure, I could go rent a game for 7 $ here.. for one night. And if I want it for a week, its $20. That's just for one game. When I could just pay $70 a year for Plus and get more then one game and keep them for as long as im still with Plus. Microsoft should do the same thing as Plus, and allow people to play online without a fee. Its absolutely ridiculous. Sony still have there game servers up so don't say paying for LIVE keeps game servers up. I love both ps3 and 360, but I cant justify paying for live. But thats just me.

ger23961252d ago

When I buy an Xbox game aren't I only renting the multiplayer portion of it? Because if I don't pay for Xbox live the online portion of the game is useless.

MysticStrummer1251d ago

"Because paid services like Live have proven to be superior."

Funny how no one I know in real life agrees with you. Every one of my real life gaming friends bought 360s because the wait for PS3 was too long. Now none of them have a 360 and none of them thought XBL was superior. True story.

Odd how you call PS+ a rental service yet don't see that you're renting online play from MS.

Last I checked, you can see all those shows you listed online for free, by the way.

MysticStrummer1251d ago

"Why Paid Multiplayer Services Aren’t Going Anywhere"

Because humans are generally morons.

JasonKCK1251d ago (Edited 1251d ago )

but dont u have psn+?