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Why the PS4 Could Fail in the Middle East

The Playstation 4 has debuted publicly at multiple events around the world. The reception was generally positive. In the Middle East, or to be more specific, Games 13, players praised the new controller, sleek design, and updated visuals. They see potential and they couldn't wait to get their hands on it. But there's one thing that could come in the way: PSN Plus.

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NewMonday1493d ago (Edited 1493d ago )

since the competition is also charging for online and has an even more strict paywall
I don't see this happening.

also many games on the PS4 are not behind a pay wall like..

Elder Scrolls Online
Planetside2
Warframe
DCUO
Deep Down
and more

also..

"This could only be obtained via online stores which require the use of a Credit Card (a payment option that isn't popular in this part of the world)"

this absolutely not true, I don't know why he would say that, PSN vouchers are sold everywhere, it's the only way I do it.

RashBandicoot1493d ago

Yea, but they're still going to have to pay to play online. That can cause quite a divide among the community since a lot of people can't afford it in the region.

NewMonday1493d ago (Edited 1493d ago )

if we are talking about the Gulf, then we know most can afford it.

and like I said this can only be a problem if the competition are making online free.

also after a few months with PS+ the discounts and free games will make gamers realize they have great value beyond online play..

maddskull1493d ago

we can aford it but the problem with credit cards is that not everybody has them but they have the money so they can buy sony vouchers for ps store thats what i do and i dont have a credit card

Jaqen_Hghar1493d ago

A man would also point out that all the apps and new features are available without PS+. If you're not a competitive online shooter type of guy then you may not feel the need to pay though you'll miss out on free games (the main reason a man has already been subscribing for over a year).

RamsesNum11493d ago

I think this all depends on where you live. Gamers in the UK, Germany, France, US and other developed countries won't have this issue.

It's just us gamers in the "emerging markets" like the Middle East, Asia and other parts of the world that just might get screwed in.

NewMonday1493d ago

once they realize PS+ actually saves them money on the long run they will love it.

RamsesNum11493d ago

Yeah, no doubt. It's a really great deal but I guess it just a matter of time of when they're actually able to purchase PS+

JohnnyBadfinger1493d ago

@newmonday
It's financially impossible for you to save money by spending it on a service that gives you no financial return... I know you meant it in another context but what you wrote was just stupid....

MajorAly1493d ago

Actually, gamers you do use the game consoles to game on won't face any hurdle regarding PSN Plus as well. Casual gamers, yeah, who would buy the console just because it is a new device on the market.

I'm from the Middle East and the dedicated gaming following here is respectable. I will be getting PSN Plus with my eyes closed. The problem would've been if PSN Plus would only be offering MP and nothing else, but PSN Plus is a superb service which offers free games as well. So it's actually a win-win situation.

RamsesNum11493d ago

I think if it were to offer the bare minimum, which is online, play. It would be fine. The other services are great and all but they're all secondary when it comes to online play.

No4Love1493d ago

I'm still buying Xbox one :D

Hicken1493d ago

And we still don't care.