Submitted by PockyKing 602d ago | news

Playstation Now Won’t Give you Access to a Digital Copy of Games you Own on Disc

OnlySP: Playstation Now was unveiled to the world yesterday as the Gaikai powered streaming service that will bring PSOne, PS2, and PS3 games to the PS4. (PlayStation Now, PS4)

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XiSasukeUchiha  +   602d ago
Hmm kind of good or bad depending what u outlook is!
MikeGdaGod  +   602d ago | Well said
i'm struggling to find the good
jimbobwahey  +   602d ago | Well said
Yup, you shouldn't have to pay again to access something you own. If the PS4 had proper backwards compatibility then people could just put their disc in and play it fine (or play their digitally purchased version) and I can't help but wonder if they left b/c out with the sole intent of shaking more money out of people.

It's probably the success of HD rereleases that has spurred this development, with the market sending a clear message of, "Hey, we will literally pay for something twice" and now they're going full steam ahead with it.
The_Infected  +   602d ago
If you get free what you have now Sony would never make enough money to keep the service running don't you think? Maybe a discount or something would be good.
raWfodog  +   602d ago | Intelligent
Bottom line, if you REALLY want to play an older title that you already own (and for some reason you don't own the original console anymore or its broken), you will pay to play it. This service is not for people who would not do that. Just like every other consumer product out there, you will not buy it if it doesn't appeal to you.

Edit: Also, you have to understand that this service is still being developed and is in the very early stages. As with any technology or service, it can evolve and improve over time. The future may bring what everyone seems to be looking for but it has to start from somewhere.
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nukeitall  +   602d ago

You shouldn't, but Playstation NOW has real cost associated with your access. How is Sony going to pay for them?


Remember, Sony has to keep data-warehouses with specialized hardware close to you to achieve this.

SO the costs are:

1. Technology research & development
2. Investment into datawarehouses or at least hardware in rented warehouses
3. Maintenaince cost
4. Data transport cost to end user

Somehow this is supposed to be free?

Even a paying Netflix user at $9 a month and over 30 million users, Netflix barely eeks out a profit. It is extremely low margin business.

Basically, Sony hasn't told you what is bad about the service yet, but watch it. Two things will rear it's ugly head:

a) terrible laggy experience due to latency intensive technology (i.e. think terrible multiplayer online and increase it, because of massive two way data communication)

b) cost that Sony hasn't told you yet!
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PLASTICA-MAN  +   602d ago
I don't care if you own physical copies of games, since the same thing happened with PSP and PS Vita and Sony stopped supporting those who bought UMDs,. Since then I only buy games digitally on any platform to avoid such problems and I can use the games tied to my account whenever and wherever I want. The bigger problem, that can be called even a treason (just like beginning to force PSN plus in order to play online on PS4, thus diminishing the nnumber of players)
is not allowing peopple to streamplay they games they own digitally on PSN or the ones he got free from PSN Plus and then proposing extra fees for a separte service. Personally, I won't use the service if so, paying for games and PSN Plus is enough for me. Can anyone please confirm whther or not we can play at least the games we own digitally ? Thanks.
jimbobwahey  +   602d ago
Then they should have gone with real backwards compatibility or a better solution. Why is it the customers burden or fault for wanting to use something they paid for?

Besides, Sony said that making PS+ mandatory for online gaming on PS4 was so that they could use the money from subscription fees to improve their online service. So why have their customers got to pay a second subscription fee to play games they already own? It's ridiculous in my opinion.

Just think as well, with the current push towards purchasing games digitally how much money you will have thrown down the drain when the PS5 is released and once again, you can't play your old games?

If I buy digital music or movies, I can play them on a vast amount of devices, but once again the video game industry has to be "special" and stick it to the consumer, even though we pay much more money for games than we do movies/music. Then again, they seem to insist that we don't even own our games any more, and that we're simply purchasing a "license" to play them.

It's crazy.

Edit: @nukeitall Sony can pay with all the money they make from PS+ subscriptions. Remember, they went on record saying that the introduction of the mandatory fees for online play was to improve the service. This seems like an appropriate use of that money, doesn't it?
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fonger08  +   602d ago
This could be good but completely depends on what games they have available. I had a feeling they would probably charge you regardless of if you had the disc or not, but that's why I've kept my PS3, PS2, and PSX. Now if they add games like Einhander, Maximo, Katamari Damacy, games that are hard to find or no way wants to go on to Ebay and $50 dollars again for, then this could work out. I just wonder if they are going to have any of the indie games avaliable that they had for the PS3...
Patrick_pk44  +   602d ago
As much as I love Sony, Playstation Now is pretty sketchy. I understand them charging a fee for backwards compatibility due to buying Gaikai for 380 million. From what I have heard, it is more like subscriptions and then paying additional fees to rent a game you already own. The problem is that I can easily click on the power button on my PS3 and play there, it doesn't matter. The whole point of Playstation Now is that it makes it more comfortable to play everything on the PS4. I hope Sony doesn't screw this shit up.


"Then they should have gone with real backwards compatibility or a better solution."
The problem with real backwards compatibility is the price of developing it for the PS4. The original PS3 could play PS2 games, however that raised the price of the console itself.

"Besides, Sony said that making PS+ mandatory for online gaming on PS4 was so that they could use the money from subscription fees to improve their online service. So why have their customers got to pay a second subscription fee to play games they already own? It's ridiculous in my opinion."

The whole point of PS+ is to attract more consumers to the console itself and the provided service. It is a form of advertisement and sales. Sony themselves are paying a heavy price for certain games to be available for free, such as Bioshock Infinite, DMC, Metal Gear Rising, etc.

"Just think as well, with the current push towards purchasing games digitally how much money you will have thrown down the drain when the PS5 is released and once again, you can't play your old games?"
I understand the frustration, and I myself want to be able to play my owned PS3 games for free on a PS4. If not, then it isn't hard to turn on the PS3 itself.

"@nukeitall Sony can pay with all the money they make from PS+ subscriptions. Remember, they went on record saying that the introduction of the mandatory fees for online play was to improve the service. This seems like an appropriate use of that money, doesn't it?"
Improve services like online connectivity and bringing free games to our subscription. Sony themselves have to make a profit for the subscription, because then there is no point of having one if they are losing out on cash. Sony themselves aren't doing financially well in their other divisions.
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dboyman  +   602d ago
@jimbobwahey Are you willing to pay $600 for BC capable PS4? Due to PS3 cell processor being difficult to emulate, they would need to include the Cell/RSX for proper PS3 BC. Remember how people reacted to PS3 when first came out?

As for fees I somewhat agree but based on costs involved can see if charge further. But I do think if you own the disc, you shouldn't pay to stream the game
scott182  +   602d ago

The company Sony bought never had a problem with latency, they showed to be stable for game streaming even before Sony bought them out. Onlive had a little issue with that though, If I remember right.

Plus if you have a connection that Sony suggests it will be even better. Besides, that is why they are going to have a large beta right? To work out the kinks...

This sounds like a fantastic service to me, I would be willing to pay.
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testerg35  +   602d ago
scott182, there's going to be latency, unless their server is going to predict what button I'm going to press.
frostypants  +   602d ago | Well said
@jimbobwahey, they technically aren't taking access away from something you own. You OWN THE DISC. When you buy a game, you aren't buying access to every media version of it that is ever made. When you buy a cross-platform game for the PS3, do you expect a free copy of it for the 360, too? I agree it would be nice if they'd give gamers who owned the game on disc free access, but the truth is that would be a massive feature/favor. EXPECTING them to do so is irrational as all hell.
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ginsunuva  +   602d ago
You don't just "leave backwards compatibility out."
Plus you're paying for the streaming of the game, not the game. You don't own the game. You own one disc copy of it.
Try going to Netflix and tell them you own a DVD for a movie and you demand they stream it to you for free. lol

Anyways, there are only two options: subscribe or rent. So it doesn't matter if you own some game, you have to subscribe to all of them at a flat rate anyway

If you have no knowledge of CS or EE whatsoever, your comments mean nothing so do not make them. Thank you!
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devwan  +   602d ago
@jimbob If you knew anything about the ps3's esoteric hardware and how it compares to the ps4 (ie, hardly at all) you'd know they would have practically had to include a ps3 in the unit as well. If you need proof, take a look at how fantastic ps3 emulation is on PCs... oh right.

Personally never seen the problem with keeping your hardware and your games... and... well... there's absolutely zero added latency playing my ps3 games on my ps3, it doesn't need any kind of connection, it's just there and works. You bought the ps3 game with a license to use it in a ps3, nothing more.

Sony have patented technology for adding trophies to games that were not originally designed with them. They're adding value to old games (OK, not for everyone, but for plenty of us). They're bringing a huge portion of the PS game library to people who won't even have to or have ever owned a PS console. That's big.

Whining because Sony won't let you eat their bandwidth for a service you never paid for is pretty damn entitled. Take your ps3 game, stick it in a ps3 - that's what it's for, that's what we've been enjoying doing for 6 years now.
theDivision  +   602d ago
I think it is great for people who have switch from X360 to PS4 (like myself) but agree you should get a discount or something if you own the game already... that doesn't make sense to me that they would make avid PS3 supporters repurchase their games.
SilentNegotiator  +   602d ago
There's certainly no "good" to this situation, but who really expected Sony to do this? What company can afford to give people thousands of TBs of games for free because they purchased MGS2 12 years ago?
PeaSFor  +   602d ago
iif you already own the disc version, you probably already own the console to go with it, its not like someone is forcing you to buy the same game multiples times, its up to you to decide.
esemce  +   602d ago
Why sell a game once when you can sell it twice. Easy money.
LordMaim  +   602d ago
Well, its not good but its not bad either. Why would you need to stream something that you had a physical disc for? Everything I've heard of describes this as a subscription service like Netflix, which would allow you to access multiple titles rather than specific ones.

Its not like you should have access to the stream for free for one particular title that you physically own, and not have to pay for the infrastructure that comes with the service.

@jimbobwahey: So the paid Xbox Live subscription should come with a free access to stream every game in the Xbox 360 library? Of course not. Its a different service entirely. Why would you hold Playstation Now to a different standard?
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Highlife  +   602d ago
@everyone who says that they should be able to stream the game they own for free. You already got what you paid for. You bought a game that was made for said system and that's it that is all that was promised to you. a game that would work on that system. So now you are asking for them to pay for the bandwidth and servers so you can play a game for free. If PlayStation now is going to work people are going to have to pay for it.
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joeorc  +   602d ago

Hey i bought the xbox ver of GTAIII so i deserve a copy of GTAIII for Android or iOS right?

when you purchase a game its for what ever platform it was designed for, you know that when you buy the game, just because you buy another device later on down the line does not mean you get free copy's of that game to play on another box.

The fact that some games do get that benefit , does not mean all will. The games were made for a PS3 than that was what the game is made for when you buy it, you know its for that platform. wanting it on more than one platform is great, no argument there but like i said just because you buy another console does not mean you get your entire back catalog to run on the new one for free.
Bobby Kotex  +   602d ago
So users should be able to just stream and use the servers for free? I hate to defend Sony, but there's nothing shocking about this. Maybe a discount would be nice, but you people who expect free streaming for life are kinda clueless.
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harrisk954  +   602d ago
Why should Sony (or MS or Nintendo or Apple or any other media company) give their intellectual property away? No one complains when the movie companies charge you for "newer" versions of the same old movies. I can't tell you how many movies I've owned on VHS, DVD and the Bluray, with multiple versions of each -- Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, the Godfather, Disney classics, etc... The PS1, PS2 and PS3 eras are over and there is no obligation for Sony to allow us to use older formatted games on their new platforms... Gamers need to stop acting so entitled. Would I like to be able to use my PS2 and PS3 games on my PS4? Absolutely. Does Sony owe me that? No. I've bought the Beatles albums on vinyl, CDs and digitally. I never felt that Paul McCartney should give me the digital version of Sgt. Peppers just because I owned the vinyl album. If you don't want to buy a game you've already bought, then don't buy it.
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nukeitall  +   602d ago

The company Sony bought never had a problem with latency, they showed to be stable for game streaming even before Sony bought them out. Onlive had a little issue with that though, If I remember right."


Because if it was true, Gakai would be a godsend and worth gazillion more than what it was sold for to Sony for just the patents and technology. /sarcasm

Bottom line is there is no technology that can fix the way the internet is purposely built for. The only solution, is to wait for the internet infrastructure to get faster.

Why do you think a CDN exist and why every multiplayer internet experience is still laggy?

So no! All the issues existed back then, still exist today. No magic pill, but a faster internet infrastructure!
dedicatedtogamers  +   602d ago
I own a Blu Ray at home, so why can't I stream it for free on Amazon!?!?!

I mean, this is really quite silly. If you already own the game, then play the game you own. People thing they should get a ton of games for free just because they own the disc?
DragonKnight  +   602d ago
My question is: Why would someone have the game disc but not the console to play it on?

Why should you expect to be able to play your copy of Crash Bandicoot when you don't own a PS1 to play it on? Either way you don't get to play the game, so where is this huge problem suddenly popping up from?

I love how people think BC has been this industry wide standard for years when it hasn't been. Nintendo didn't have a BC console until the Gamecube, Microsoft never had a full BC console ever (Xbox 360 was software emulation that worked for most, but not all, games), Sony had the PS2 and early PS3 consoles but people whined about the price so Sony removed non-essential parts and since they wanted people to buy new games, BC was a logical choice. Especially with how many "I never play PS2 games on my PS3 anyway" comments there were.

But all of a sudden, BC is such an important feature. Really? Is it really important to you? Or is it that you sold your previous console to get a new console at launch and aren't satisfied with the launch titles you have and now are without older games to tide you over?

This is why you keep older consoles until you literally have no further use for them. And if you're going to whine about "there's not enough space in my entertainment unit for all of these consoles" then either A)Get a bigger entertainment unit/organize it better, or B)Use the various wall mounts designed for gaming consoles and have near unlimited space.

There are options out there people, you have no excuse to not use them.
ssj27  +   602d ago
I guess is good if you want to trools Playstation now. so is good for the trools.

Sony should allow me to be able to play tlou on my PS4, bluray player through playstation now. not allowing it is stupid.
badz149  +   602d ago
who ever thought that it would be free if you have the game on disc to begin with is delusional! there will be too many flaws in it.

for instance, how would they know you own the disc? sure you might have played it and have trophies for it but how could they verify you still own it as the game disc itself has never been registered under your account? if they allow for free access as long as you have the disc, then you can simply rent, borrow and share the disc with multiple users. they will lose big time!

PSNow is Netflix for games and Sony has made that intention clear since the beginning. it's good enough for them to allow multiple users play online on the PS4 as long as there is 1 account on that console has PS+ while all the other accounts just reap the benefits, but PSNow is a separate service. I don't understand why people are OK with Netflix, but when Sony does it, it's money grabbing!

all I can say is, "Haters...haters everywhere!"
joab777  +   601d ago
This is big picture. This isn't a program so that we can play the games that we own on a ps4. Its creating a library of past games that ppl will now have access to for a long time to come. I see only the good for us and Sony. Also, think of the ps+ bonuses we will get. I am happy.

Think about it. If we could do that, we could buy any game we wanted for as little as we could find it and they would have to give us a digital copy for free.
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Prime157  +   601d ago
Some of you sound like you are saying you should be able to stream Netflix for free if you own the digital movie already.

You pay to use their data centers to stream to your device as a service (which apparently you think it's cheap), if you don't like that, purchase the old system and disc, then hook it up to your tv and play.

And a side note: Yes, ps+ is required now, but they've already given you $80 in free games with the addition of don't starve.
rainslacker  +   601d ago
I know Sony is providing the service, and people seem to be blaming them for not allowing this, but looking at it realistically, Sony is only able to offer it's own content in such a manner.

They can not speak for every publisher and it is highly unlikely any publisher out there would want to give away a free digital version of a game, just because someone brought a retail copy some years ago.

Proof of this comes from the fact that cross-buy is only available from a few Sony published games. You don't see EA, Ubi, Activision, or any other big or small publisher giving away free digital copies.

The possibility being talked about here means the possible loss of hundreds of millions of dollars per year, as people can easily pick up cheap used games and possibly get them for a fraction of the price that a digital version would entail. Unless Sony offers some substantial payments to publishers to offer a subscription service such as this, it isn't likely to ever happen.
avengers1978  +   601d ago
To me this seems like a great service... Depending on the price.
trancefreak  +   601d ago
Is it really that hard to put your new super small PS4 right next to your Ps3.

I know I do and is it really to hard to switch HDMI inputs on the little source selection button to play whatever console you feel like playing ATM.

Backwards compatibility is always a huge plus along with a digital catalog of my ps3 games but people expect to damn much from a console that cost 399USD. How would that work anyways? Mail our game to Sony than they give you a code voucher to play it on their cloud system?

Sony needs to make $ obviously, and if people want this feature its a choice. If not then oh well. I got all my consoles, the later models are slimmer and can fit in tighter spots so I don't have an issue.
Jvaughn661  +   601d ago
How is this not good? I have an xone and i think PSnow is awesome. I think your looking at this the wrong way. PSnow is like netflix. Netflix doesn't give you copies of the movies you already own do they? You'll be getting all the old games you own plus ones you've never played so i don't see whats so bad.
BISHOP-BRASIL  +   601d ago
My DVD players can't play my Blu-Ray Discs. Bohoo... Had you guys been all born on the 90 or what? BC was never a standard within the industry, stop crying about it, no one owns you nothing if you had choosen to sell your console.
user5575708  +   601d ago
they cant do it like that its an entire service.

it would be like saying i own the dvds of breaking bad and the league and that i shouldnt have to pay for netflix because of that
Kevin ButIer  +   601d ago
It makes sense, you cant get ps2 or ps1 titles for free just because you owned the game in the past... they are offering the service of playing those games on a PS4, you can always undust your ps1,2,3 to play those games right?
UltimateMaster  +   601d ago
As I expected it to be. Like they said, it's a rental service.
You either rent a game individually or have a monthly subscription like Netflix with a bunch of games to play.
Servers cost money to operate so it won't be free.
Sarcasm  +   601d ago
A B/C PS4 would probably cost $600 as someone mentioned.

You know who killed proper B/C? The consumers. Those who complained and yelled and cried about how much the PS3 costed too much. Sony had no choice but to cut cost one way or another.

Now I'm no advocate of a super expensive console, but I'm just saying that's the trade off.

Sure it would have been nice to play PS3 games on the PS4, but I still keep my PS3 for that reason. If you are one of those people who buy a console to play old games, then Gaikai is the service for you.
AndrewLB  +   601d ago
I think a lot of people are failing to realize that when you pay for a physical game disc, it's no different than a digital copy in that you are NOT purchasing the game. You're purchasing usage rights. Ownership of the software and intellectual property rights are always retained by the game's creator.
As part of of your purchase of usage rights are a laundry list of rules, terms, conditions, etc which you are required to follow. If you actually owned the software, you would be able to do whatever you want with it.
Gamer1982  +   601d ago
How could you prove you own the disc and still own it while they let you play it through playstation now? If they allowed it say through trophys in your profile then you could just borrow a friends game, get a trophy then you would get the game free on your profile. This makes perfect sense plus if you own the physical media why do you need playstation now? You obviously own the console.. If you don't then why you still own the discs anyway?
fanboybeatdown  +   601d ago

So, bottom line, Sony is all about DRM and always on digital distribution, after all.

There is just no way for the fanboys to contest this.
nukeitall  +   602d ago
It was expected.

Netflix pays money to stream content to you per GB. What do you think Playstation NOW will do?

It will pay the same fee, except higher because Sony doesn't have the streaming scale of Netflix, nor does it have specialized hardware located in ISPs infrastructure placed closer to their users.

This means there is impossible to offer you free access without incurring massive costs every time a user accesses the service?

It was impossible for OnLive to sell you a game and offer access to it perpetually unless they kept growing faster than their cost would catch up to them.

Basically, it is a failed business model. The only way to work it is if you pay for access per hour (that accounts for the streaming cost).

My guess is Sony's overhead will be huge, and that cost has to pass to the consumer which in turn will turn them off.
incredibleMULK  +   602d ago
Finally someone with a brain. Which is why i am now building a gaming pc. We all know (well not these dorks) sony and microsoft could have made their consoles play previous gen games they chose not too because they want to get rid of their hardware and didnt want all these kids selling their consoles screwing up their sales.
So i prefer not to own every console ever made,. Ie gaming pc, controller, steam, and a torrent for shit games and emulators.
harrisk954  +   602d ago

Yeah... this makes perfect sense. /s

Sony will spend $380 million to acquire Gaikai, spend money to re-brand it as Playstation Now, spend money to market the new platform, spend money to include deals with other media companies (movies, television content), and then Sony will charge so much that they won't be able to sell subscriptions to the service that the spent hundreds of millions of dollars on so that they will lose hundreds of millions of dollars? Is that what you are saying??

In reality, Sony has to price the service to be commensurate with what consumers are willing to pay. Sony has shown over the last few years (culminating with the launch of the PS4) that they learned from their mistakes and have become extremely consumer focused. It is obviously Sony's goal to go beyond (BEYOND!!) its gaming consoles and expand to televisions, tablets, smart phones, PCs... To hit the "Mass Market"...

This is the first foray into the streaming market on this scale (sorry, OnLive, it just wasn't happening) and Sony will take a hit (they have to), but their goal right now (is and should be) market share and becoming synonymous with game streaming, just as Netflix is with movies and television. This move allows them to tout the fact that people can potentially play any one of hundreds/thousands of games from Sony's vast library going back to the PS1. MS can't do that.
nypifisel  +   602d ago
It's kind of weird for people to be upset by this. The cost of providing this streamed media was not part of the original retail purchasing price of your games. Running these servers will be expensive.People really need to stop feeling companies owe them when it comes to things like this, cause they really wouldn't be able to turn profit if they gave everything away while having to pay astronomical sums of money to keep those services up.
Unreal01  +   602d ago
Ergh, nukeitall is so annoying. He just pops up in PlayStation articles just trying to spin negative crap.

Christ boy.
kneon  +   602d ago
It's neither good nor bad, it's expected and necessary.

How are they to know you own the physical disk? How can they tell whether you've borrowed it or lent it to someone?

Microsoft tried to fix that issue by making the disk useless after install, but we all know how well that went over with gamers.
nukeitall  +   602d ago
Sony can do what they did with BF4 PS3 disc in PS4.

Problem isn't verifying discs, but rather the cost associated with this. It is costly every time you access the game.

Think anywhere from 1-5 GB of streamed data per hour of usage on top of tied up hardware time (yes, one system can only churn out so much usable time) so you do the math!

There is no way there could ever be free access, unless they supplement it elsewhere. It is a failed business model to offer free access to existing games unless they account for it elsewhere.

Money has to flow in for it to pay out and Sony is in no position to take heavy losses right now anywhere in the company to sustain a risky venture.
kneon  +   602d ago
Whether cost is an issue will depend on how they intend to charge for the service. Even if they started bundling an activation code along with physical games that would give you access to the streamed version there would still be some sort of monthly/hourly fee required just for basic access.

It's unlikely that you would ever get free unrestricted access to a streamed version of a game just by buying the physical copy.
JsonHenry  +   602d ago
Most likely so you can't loan out your physical copy then play the streaming version as well.

And if you own a physical copy why would you want the downgraded visuals (the video that is streamed to you is compressed just like every other streaming service) and lag on input?
Edsword  +   602d ago
You pay the subscription no matter what. This is like saying you don't get a free streaming version of a movie you already own on Netflix. You either buy the subscription to have access to the service or you do not.
Flipgeneral  +   602d ago
Considering I OWN the disc, I don't see it as being a big deal
gapecanpie  +   602d ago
Sony going to nickel and dime you all and laugh all the way to the bank while doing it.... I would rather have paid more for a version of ps4 that had hardware BC then pay for this laggy rip off.

First having to pay for psn and now this crap? Glad I switched over to PC.
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incredibleMULK  +   602d ago
Me too! Respect. Got me a evga gx760 .not the best but hey its stronger than ps4& x1, i can upgrade it, and play my games that i own without double payinnnnn!
dragon82  +   602d ago
How exactly is this going to "nickel and dime" us?? This service is a gaming version of Netflix. Is Netflix "nickel and diming" us? What about Gamefly? Are they "nickel and diming" us? What about Amazon streaming?

And when did backwards compatibility become something that we are entitled to? I don't remember being able to play my NES games on my SNES. Or my SNES games on my N64. Or my N64 games on my GameCube. You could only play GameCube games on the Wii. Only Wii games on the WiiU. So how is it that everyone thinks they are entitled to free versions of their old games on the PS4?? If you ask me this generation of Americans are a bunch of entitled cry babies.
joel_c17  +   602d ago
And the PC gamer circle jerk begins!
MiloGarret  +   602d ago
Replace "Playstation" with "Xbox" and think about you just said.
BoriboyShoGUN  +   602d ago
How is the ability to stream games from Playstations extensive library of titles not a great idea???? People really expect this to be free?? you cheap bastards would never purchase another PS4 game if that was the case. Its an optional service like Netflix, I personally would cancel the hell out of Netflix and give these guys $8 month to play some classics!!!!!
ninjahunter  +   602d ago
Wait, So, I have to pay a subscription, then I have to pay for the games on top of that? Then, if I stop paying the subscription, I cant play the game that I paid for. That is an incredibly disgusting business model.
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WickedLester  +   601d ago
No that is not correct. From what I understand there are 4 options to the gamer.

1. You pay a monthly/yearly subscription fee to have access to the entire PS Now library "buffet" style and play whatever you want, whenever you want.

2.) You can rent games individually without the need for a subscription. Probably for a buck or two per rental.

3.) You can purchase titles individually without a subscription. They will be stored in the cloud and you can access them any time you want.

4.) You can ignore the whole thing, not pay a dime, and continue to play your PS3 titles on your PS3 system and your PS4 titles on your PS4 system.
360ICE  +   602d ago
Haha! I'll take that as a pretty funny joke.
SuicideKing  +   602d ago
What's the good side?
Rifkens  +   601d ago
I don't see why you should get a copy. You get a digital copy, sell the disc, they've gave you a free copy of a game. If you were to buy a digital copy however, which binds to your account; that sounds better or more logical
GordonKnight  +   601d ago
Physical & Digital games are different.

Just because you have a physical copy doesn't entitle you to a digital copy for free.

What gets me is not being able to play all digital games that you have purchased for PS3 on PS4. I understand it's not backward compatible, but that should be for only physical games.

Nintendo has the same problem, but at least it's only $1.50 to upgrade the digital game. Once it's been released on the Wii U VC though. They have the same games for the Wii U & 3DS, but you have to buy the game on each system to be able to play it on both systems.

Years ago I always though Digital would be able to play on any device made by it's company, but that only seems to be true for everything except Video Games.

I guess that's what happens when Video Games gross more money than Hollywood.
Concertoine  +   602d ago
Why would you want a digital copy when you have the disc? Its obvious why they didnt give you the option, im just wondering why youd want it other than selling or giving away the disc.
Oh, right. Too tired, not thinking clearly :P
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PockyKing  +   602d ago
What if you don't have a PS3 anymore cause you traded it to get the PS4?
ruefrak  +   602d ago
Why would you keep a PS3 disc then if you don't have the PS3?
YellowTempes  +   602d ago

Yea, why not just break the disc in two and throw it over the window with a smile on your face?
PockyKing  +   602d ago
Can play it at a friends house if you really want to? Or maybe had the idea that this streaming service would require you to keep the disc to get a digital copy for free?
DanielGearSolid  +   602d ago
Sony didn't force you to do that man... When you get rid of a product you lose its features... Common sense

Would you trade in a hybrid for a Hummer and expect the same gas effiency?
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nategrigs  +   602d ago
@ ruefrak

This is a good point, but you could sell your ps3 now if this service allowed you to play the discs on the ps4. Imagine how many ps3 would be sold if they announced that you could do this....Though I still wouldn't sell mine
scott182  +   602d ago
How would they know you own a game on disc? You could have borrowed it, rented it ect... I could see many people try to cheat the system to get free digital copies of games. Maybe with digitally bought downloaded games though, I hope they work with people on that.
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SlapHappyJesus  +   602d ago
Why would you trade a system with games, both available now and coming in the future, for one that has a minimal, at best, catalog and only releases sprinkling out here and there for the next year or so?
raWfodog  +   602d ago
Then why would you still hold on the PS3 games? I mean I know some people hold on to old games for nostalgia or collectors items but if you can't play them then I, personally, don't really see the point.
JohnnyTower  +   602d ago
Good call. My ps3 died 6 months ago and I had a limited number of games. PS Now will bring a gamer like me back to the ps3 and hopefully some righteous ps2 games. PSNow will propel me to get a ps4 and Vita (hopefully in a bundle).
ginsunuva  +   602d ago
That would just encourage the whole world to sell their ps3's.

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HappyWithOneBubble  +   602d ago
Why trade your PS3 in the 1st place?
joeorc  +   602d ago

"What if you don't have a PS3 anymore cause you traded it to get the PS4?'


does that game say for the PS3 does it not?, the digital release clearly states what the game system you can play the game on, does it not?

despite being a publisher, sony cannot just
re-release the game on any platform they may make if they are the ip holder ; than that is not the same as any game that they publish.

just because you buy a game once does not mean its for any and every new system you buy that you may own.

its a licence not an ownership to the iP.
Pogmathoin  +   601d ago
Wow, you want to buy my PS3?
PockyKing  +   602d ago
Lol, all good :)
claterz  +   602d ago
Also it would make the PS4 backwards compatible which I thought was the whole point of Gaikai. PS fans were defending non compatibility on the PS4 by saying Gaikai will solve the issue but I guess not. The only benefit of this is that people who never owned a PS3 will be able to play some amazing games.
Back-to-Back  +   602d ago
Bottom Line is keep your ps3s. Dont trade them to Gamestop for ~$60-$80.
starchild  +   601d ago
My PS3 has a damaged GPU and can't play some games correctly. I'm not going to buy a new PS3 to play a handful of games. I already spent way too much in the first place on the PS3 since I mostly game on the PC.
sparced  +   602d ago
I hope all the PS3 games I've bought digitally will play on PS4.

It was one of the reason I choose to download GTA V.
Rhaigun  +   601d ago
Not gonna happen.
Maxor  +   601d ago
LOL that's naive. Why would they let you play something you already own when they can charge you twice for it?
Bathyj  +   602d ago
Well that sucks. It's would be great if you could pop a Ps3 game into your Ps4 and play it.
Deividas  +   602d ago
Then the whole Playstation Now becomes irrelevant. The whole point of it is for a way for backwards compatibility to work. If you can just pop in your PS3 game in your PS4 and play the game then this service is pointless. Yea it would be great but they already explained why thats not possible and this is a way around it.
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HeavenlySnipes  +   602d ago
I don't think you read between the lines

He meant pop the PS3 game in the system and be able to stream it using Playstation Now
ginsunuva  +   602d ago
Streaming is very expensive for Sony.
incredibleMULK  +   602d ago
All hail sony. Great and merciful sony. Please step on my nuts. "Crunch". Thank you, may i have another.

Statements like that one is why sony is getting like microsoft. I suppose paying for online is ok if "sony" does it but evil when microsoft does it.

BUT now they want to charge for online PLUS pay to stream. $50 a year aint good enough?

By the way you dont get a price break on games you own.

Thats ok merciful sony step on my nuts again. Oh, i dont got none!
dragon82  +   602d ago

You don't get a discount on Netflix if you own the movie on VHS? Why should you get one on PlayStation Now just because you own the game for a completely different platform?? If you buy a game for PS2 you are only entitled to that copy of that game that you purchased. You are not entitled to all releases of any format in the future for any potential platform.

Use your brain a little next time.
Maxor  +   601d ago
Name a single console company that gives a damn about backward compatibility. The entire idea is to render your existing content worthless so you can buy the new $60 Definitive Edition.
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Eonjay  +   602d ago
Um... if you have the disc...
raWfodog  +   602d ago
Yeah Eonjay, I'm right there with you :)

But I guess you might have some people who got rid of their PS3's (or its broken) but still have their games. Me, personally, if I still had a significant library of PS3 games, I would make sure that I had a working PS3 to play them on. It's only $200 if you really want to replay the games that much. And it'll play better than a streaming service (no lag).
maniacmayhem  +   602d ago
I still have N64 games and no N64. So I realize what people are referring too but when has any company ever allowed that and why would people expect Sony to do the same?
ruefrak  +   602d ago
Ok... PlayStation doesn't give me digital access to games I own on a disc right now. Why would I expect that to be different with PS Now?
moujahed  +   602d ago
...So me purchasing The Last Of Us & GTA V digitally from the store just totally went to waste unless I still own a PS3? See... this is the sh*t I'm talking about Sony.
DanielGearSolid  +   602d ago
So.. You misled yourself into thinking they would work on PS4 even tho Sony made it clear that PS4 would not be backwards compatible... But yea this is Sony's fault

Soo... When you bought these games you miraculously based it on the existence of a streaming service that was just announced yesterday... But yea, it's Sony's fault
moujahed  +   602d ago
Uhhh, no Sony blatantly said instead of the PS4 playing disc they will allow for streaming of PS3 games, they never said anything about people who previously owned the title having to pay all over again. Those Xbox1 fans must've stirred you into something serious... chill the hell out.
webeblazing  +   602d ago
They talked about this since they announced the ps4. And people knew disc games wasn't going to be supported, but why not DD. If they're offering subs and renting, why not give gamers a unlimited rent for digital games they brought. But I know y'all Dont see his point blind fanboys Dont except construtive criticism
Rhaigun  +   601d ago
They never said the digital ones would either. It's your fault for just assuming they would.
Sci0n  +   601d ago
people are so unappreciative and spoiled, this service is better for the people who passed on PS3 PS4 or consoles all together. If you want to play PS3 games so bad hang on to your PS3s. This services will draw the casuals in and expand the PlayStation gaming brand to a larger audience. Just because you bought a music CD doesn't mean you are entitled to the MP3 digital version of the album.
raWfodog  +   602d ago
Why wouldn't you still own a PS3? If you still have your PS3 then it's not a waste.
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frostypants  +   602d ago
I know, right? I bought Skyrim for my PS3, and Bethesda REFUSED to give me a free copy of it for my 360 and PC as well! I AM OUTRAGED!!!!

webeblazing  +   602d ago
Moujahed concerns is right if you brought the digital version why should you be able to stream it. He's not saying the same thing as peoplle above. So y'all are say that y'all are happy to throw y'all money away when you supported dd. Y'all gonna snap at him but clap for Sony when you could easily see he purchased the game by looking in his transaction history. What he said is right because unlike disc DD are now tie to the system. You can't sell DDs and you can't use them through PS now. This just made DD on the store point less and investing the stupid.

Y'all are trying to hard. A valid custom feels like his investment in DD went waste but y'all downplay it because it make Sony look bad. Last year when they talked about this they made it seem like people that invested in buying through the PS store was safe, but I guess not.
raWfodog  +   602d ago
But just because you buy the digital rights does not mean you now have unobstructed access to play it anywhere and anytime. You are only buying the rights to play in that format, on that specific platform(s), according to the set-forth user agreement. Much like how you are only able to download content to a certain number of authorized devices. You need restrictions in place so that people do not take advantage of the system and the proper costs are recouped.
ninjagoat  +   602d ago
Truth be told if i own the game already on disk I'm hardly gonna be interested in the digital stream version. I do own a massive back catalog off games.

But there will still be games here i don't have I'm presuming and that's the reason I'll have interest. I can see this being a fantastic option for people with good internet connections.

People in rural areas will have issues but that's the case with everything. I'm thinking a once a year subscription to a massive back catalog no other fees would be a massive pull to a lot off gamers if that's the way it works out.
bub16  +   602d ago
if you own the disc version, they should charge you, because how do sony know if you rented the game or borrowed it.

if you have purchased the digital version it should be free on psn
azshorty2003  +   602d ago
Agreed. Digital purchases should be the only ones that even get considered for a discount. Otherwise, you could just go to Gamestop, buy a bunch of games used tie them to your account, and return all for a full refund within the 7 days. There is absolutely no way to know what a person has or doesn't have on disc.

Now if Sony would consider changing this in the future, Every game would need to come with a code you can enter to tie it to your account. But once again, that can't account for you selling the game or buying it used. And at this point, were talking exactly about the old Xbox One policies.
WickedLester  +   601d ago
Why should it be free? If you own the digital version, continue playing it on your PS3. Some of you act like Sony is trying to prevent gamers from continuing to play their purchased digital content on one platform just because they are offering it to be streamed on another. The sense of entitlement some of you have is ridiculous.
thehitman  +   602d ago
This is a given. When we bought and buy the games we dont buy availability for it to be anywhere. It is like me buying a movie from off of amazon then complaining to them why they dont give me the streaming version. Doesn't work that way and anyone who thinks it should are just probably a spoiled entitled idiot.

Now if Sony was smart, they would have a way to get discounted versions of the streaming versions. Maybe same way they did the upgrade versions of the last gen games. Put the disc in and it enables you to buy the streaming version for maybe 10 bucks more or something, but to expect it out the gate w/ no additional cost is stupid.
XtraTrstrL  +   602d ago
I don't like how everything is a service with them and you can't use any of those types of media without paying for their service.

Like, who really believes they just didn't have time to focus on mp3 playback or a media server? Stupidest excuse, they basically had to do more work to take out the mp3 playback and block music cds. Then, to not add a media server, how hard would it have been to have a media server from day one? Seriously, come on. Yet, Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited are flawlessly setup. The only reason they now say they'll add mp3 playback (at some point in the future) is because they got bombarded, and they need to look better than Microsoft all throughout this critical launch period.

I don't like that my PS3 is more full featured overall than my PS4 right now, all these features should have been there day one. My friends that are holding off on getting a PS4 for now that haven't been keeping up laughed when I told them there was no mp3 playback or media server currently. Either the system launched way prematurely or they are screwing us, I think it's a bit of both.

They better just hurry with some of the top games, cuz I was forced to get Cod: Ghosts, after I promised myself I wouldn't get another Cod after MW3, but my nephew is the only other person I know in person that has a PS4, and ofcourse he got Ghosts immediately. And ofcourse there are performance issues, even though the game doesn't look like it should be stressing out the hardware, and doesn't have a higher character count. Damn hActivision and it's crap.
CRASHBASHUK  +   602d ago
here a question if you own the digital game now can you get/have the PlayStation go ver free?
strigoi814  +   602d ago
thats a different situation..maybe sony will make that happen digital is much easier to track down and authenticate (games like flow, flower,escape plan that even if you purchase psvita or ps3 before it came to ps4 as free), but physical copy since they are made back then before this was announced it maybe hard for them to authenticate and distinguish the disc inside your drive..
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strigoi814  +   602d ago
clear example is, you wont keep a ps3 disc if you have no ps3..coz even a 12years old knows ps4 is not backwards compatible..
ninjahunter  +   602d ago
Most people I talk to about PS4 who arent mega nerds, such as myself, assume that the PS4 can play PS3, PS2 and PS1 games.
WickedLester  +   601d ago
Well, you know what happens when you assume.
KrisButtar  +   602d ago
My biggest problem with the PS4 is that it does not offer true backwards compatibility. Then not being able to see my trophies while offline.
iKenny  +   602d ago
I concur! They (SONY) can add BC. But choose not to because like I said- they had a plan (Nickel & Dime) ya and went for it. Seriously- what is the purpose of this?! If we had true BC this wouldn't be needed but someone in the higher greed is thinking let's charge these bastards more money for what they already have. Alas... Tomb Raider.
jonboi24  +   602d ago
Did you want the cost of the PS4 to go up for b/c? The two systems are made on two different system archetype. Just to offer true b/c and not just emulated, they would have to put the cell chip and maybe other PS3 components in every PS4. That alone could jack the price an extra $100. They are already selling the system at a lost why increase the lost even more?
KrisButtar  +   602d ago

I fear that BC is gone forever since they revealed PS Now. They could have still had this service but made it for there TV, Vita and Mobile.

I think that greed had something to do with it but also all the fans who were defending the issue with taking out/not including BC. I would have paid more for a premium PS4 that had BC.

I have only turned on my PS4 once in the last month I think, maybe twice but my PS3 is turned on daily. Which makes me feel a bit bitter as I would love to just use my PS4, even if it was only to play PS3 games.

Edit: @ jonboi24
I would have gladly paid more to have a premium model PS4 with true BC and after just looking at the last of us bundle for $249 I would have gladly added that to the price of my PS4 if it could play PS3 games.
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isarai  +   602d ago
oh, well that kinda sucks, but i keep my consoles so that won't be much of an issue to me. Sorry for people who need to trade in previous console to get a new one
DanielGearSolid  +   602d ago | Well said
I don't think ppl understand the difference between a streaming service and a digital distribution service... Even tho they clearly know how Netflix works...

Do any of you want your Netflix subscription waived because you own 5 or 10 of their 100s of movies?
aftrdark21  +   602d ago
My thoughts exactly. Have a bubble.
PockyKing  +   601d ago
That's a horrible analogy. People are referring to having to RE-BUY the games they already purchased to play them. They aren't talking about the subscription fee.

On Netflix you pay to have access to a LIBRARY of movies. You aren't purchasing a single movie. So, no, people shouldn't expect that fee to be waived, obviously.

But, if you already downloaded the game on PS3, why shouldn't that get carried over to the PS4. Your comparing apples to oranges with how Netflix and PSNow work. Hell, we don't even know yet how it'll work so most of the people here are making baseless assumptions.
e-p-ayeaH  +   601d ago
i paid 60 bucks on The Last of Us Digital ver the least they could do is giving a discount since that game is clearly on my Dl list.
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WickedLester  +   601d ago
Because PS4 is a totally different platform! If you like the games you downloaded on your PS3, keep your PS3 and continue to enjoy them! I don't understand why this is so confusing to some of you. Sony is not PREVENTING you from continuing to enjoy your purchased content. Sony is not asking you to re purchase anything. That's YOUR choice. Just because you bought a PS4 it doesn't entitle you to free versions of games you bought on previous platforms. Should I expect a free copy of Tetris for my smart phone because I owned it on NES 20 years ago?
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Duke19  +   602d ago
Sucks for those that bought digital games for PS3, but maybe they will find a way to allow those to work as well in time.

I wonder if a disk is scratched, what is considered having the disk in the drive? Just recognizing what title it is at startup? Cant imagine its pulling any significant info from the disk...
ipach  +   602d ago
it would be like amazon prime giving you access to stream a movie that you own a dvd of. while interesting and nice, not some sort of crazy missing function. vudu has the closest thing with the whole ultraviolet and digital library service. that might be feasible: pay $5 or something and permanently 'archive' a disc game into your Now library... hopefully all these questions are making them consider it seriously
webeblazing  +   602d ago
If you brought the digital copy and you have prime what happens? See how bad that example was. People problem are in two categories one that just wanted a BC vers that would have cost more and the group that feel that their DDs should be supported, you can sell digital games. Dont bother paying attention to the xb fanboys tho.
iKenny  +   602d ago
Playstation now is nothing but a rip-off! And I'm pro SONY!! C'mon- you mean to tell me we can't digitally stream games we already own?! Bull fcking shit!!! I know I might be hurting some feelings but honestly- I never bought into the fact that SONY can't include backwards compatability in PPS4.They knew what they were doing and that is to nickel and dime ya each and every way possible. Yeah- I know business is business but this is cheap!
HeavenlySnipes  +   602d ago

Why is Netflix not letting me stream movies I already own for free!!
SonyNGP  +   602d ago
You mean the movies you own on DVD/Blu-Ray that work absolutely fine on the PS4?
iKenny  +   601d ago
I go into Best Buy- buy a blu ray movie that has digital copy. Why can't gaming be this way. Your analogy is false. NETFLIX....REALLY?
HeavenlySnipes  +   601d ago
Because Netflix is a movie/tv show streaming service and Playstation Now is a gaming streaming service

The act of streaming the media costs money. You're not redownloading the movie/game to your system
starchild  +   601d ago
I didn't know that Netflix sold movie streaming hardware.

The fact is I bought a console from SONY, I bought many games from SONY, yet they want to charge me again to play games I already own. Its bad enough that the PS3 I bought from them went bad after only three years of owning it, and the PS4 has no backwards compatibility, but asking me to pay all over again to play the games I already own is ridiculous. I'm sick of the nickel and diming that goes on with consoles. I'm glad I do most of my gaming on PC.
SoulSercher620  +   602d ago
So what you're saying is Sony should've included BC so it could be $600 or more and sell worse than PS3 did at launch?

Yeah they totally wanna nickel and dime us.
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hankmoody  +   602d ago
I can only think about Sony stating that they were "all about the gamers" a few months back and now they're pulling this nonsense?
Hicken  +   602d ago
I can only think that's the weakest argument yet.

Do any of the counter-arguments even register in your head?

How do they know you own the disc?
How do they know you still have it?
If you DO have the disc, why don't you have the system to play it on?
If you got rid of the hardware, why did you keep the software?
In what other arena does this idea of entitlement even make sense?

It's not that this makes them not "all about the gamers." It's that there's no logical reason why you should get a PS4 digital version of a game because you own it on PS3. There's this continued bull about "Sony forcing you to buy your games all over again," but how are they forcing you to do anything? It's an OPTION, nothing more, nothing less.

I should ask: what method is Microsoft delivering for you to play your old Xbox games on your new console? None at all? Damn. That explains why you're in here making a big deal about this: cuz you've got NO options, period.

Oh, except keeping your old console, just like with PlayStation.

Edit: And why would the have waited? Microsoft had to have known this was coming; that's obviously what Gaikai was for. And yet, for all their talk about the marvelous cloud, they did NOTHING with it. With all the things going against them, why on earth would they want to be second in this?
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hankmoody  +   602d ago
Oh come on, you really think MS isn't going to have some sort of an answer to this? What, because they didn't announce something immediately? Pfft.

I think PSNow is very interesting but I'm holding judgment until I see how a)they're pricing it and b)how it works in the real world and not one where they've got servers on the same floor.
baodeus  +   601d ago
"And yet, for all their talk about the marvelous cloud, they did NOTHING with it" because you can't see a bigger picture Hicken. Let me ask you these:

1. Is there a difference between a cloud provider and a cloud user? Example: Netflix is a streaming app that supported by Amazon. Which one is the user and which one is the provider? Which one is actually the back bone, the foundation that support all of these cloud applications?

2. Is Gaikai a cloud user or a cloud provider?

3. Do you think that cloud applications/services would improve with a strong cloud infrastructure (more data center and widely distributed on a global scale)? You really don't think a strong foundation is needed to build solid cloud services or anything for that matter?

5. Currently, Amazon, Google and MS azure are the top 3 cloud providers, with MS probably has the second largest cloud infrastructure, only behind google, that are distributed globally. With that said, do you think Sony is even anywhere near their level on cloud services currently and in the near future?

5. Do you think Sony even have the capability to built their own cloud infrastructure currently or they only able to rent them from cloud providers? Example: Sony only able to purchase Gaikai at ~$300 million when it cost MS ~$500 million just to build a data center (MS are in full force on this front and has many data center built around the world, recently in China, Australia, Japan, etc....)?

6. What are the possible issues stem from renting servers?
- better servers = more expansive (very expansive)?
- Do you have control on pricing?
- how do you manage a unify service on a global scale?
a) using a single cloud provider that has larger servers center that are distributed globally?
b) using different cloud providers for different regions?

This is particularly very important because latency and stability really depend on how many servers there are (the more they have, the better they can manage larger distribution of information, which are increasing drastically) and the closer people are to a center, the less latency they'll get.

so put all of that together, what do you think MS has been doing? Sony is not even on the map for cloud infrastructure, so who do you think would have a better outlook when everything are moving toward cloud base application and services? Who has a solid foundation for cloud base application? does Sony even have a foundation of their own?

That is the problem with this site. The only thing you guys can see is Sony, but you guys are so oblivious to everything else. No one like to read or research on anything, therefore having such a narrow viewed on something that you don't even understand in the first place. That is why you don't see anything Hicken.

Sony is pretty good at taking small jab at MS to rile up the fanboys and their large fan who seems to know nothing, i'm basing on n4g crowd here, because i believe others out there aren't these uneducated right?
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Good-Smurf  +   602d ago
Where's Shu?
Listen to your gamers,don't fuck up your momentum at least allow your service some flexibility.
Don't be so greedy let's bombard Shu's Twitter give him some feedback people!
Joseph225  +   601d ago
Are you serious? Do you have any idea how much Sony spent buying Gaikai and creating this service. They need recover the money they spent. They are not giving this out free and I understand it. If you already have the game, why do you wanna play it with lag and increased latency?
Netflix doesn't give you free access to movies you own on disk. This is just an optional service, dedicated for those who didn't played the games of previous generations. If they gave things for free they wouldn't have the money to maintain it
Soupaman66  +   602d ago
I would rather just keep my ps3 just like how I've kept my ps2 and psp(still working). And I wouldnt recomend buying games when you dont have the device to use it or if you are planning on selling it and have the console, at least consider that you may not play the game again without having to pay some money for the ability to again do so.
jonboi24  +   602d ago
I really do hate all this whining. Just because you own a physical copy or digital license of a game why should you be able to stream it for free? Your paying for a product or license not a service. This is what this is a service, an optional one. No one is forcing you to pay for it. So all of you entitled sorry bums get over it.
SilentSolid  +   602d ago
xJumpManx  +   602d ago
Cant blame sony for this , I mean look at Nintenedo they really screw their fans over with VC games. Ohh you owned it on the Wii or 3ds to bad you have to buy it again on the WiiU.
Dlacy13g  +   602d ago
This makes sense from a business standpoint. The service is going to cost Sony quite a bit on the back end to get up and running right so they need to ensure they are recouping their money. You will need to pay to use the digital service regardless of what discs you own, etc... This will also help prevent people from "cheating the system" by sharring discs to get free access, etc...
wishingW3L  +   602d ago
but that's not the point. The point is that not every single game will be on the service. So you paying a monthly fee to have access to a digital emulator is not a bad idea from a business standpoint at all you know.
Dlacy13g  +   602d ago
Maybe my wording is off, I don't find the idea of the service or how they are implementing it a bad idea. I actually think its the direction of the industry to be honest.
JackVagina  +   602d ago
netflix does the same thing
KontryBoy706  +   602d ago
first of all.... who in their right mind thought it would? Picture this, you own the disc... they give you a digital copy. You TRADE your disc... you still have the digital copy. SEE THE PROBLEM???
king_george  +   602d ago
Actually quite a few people thought they would get some form of BC. Its lame of sony if we end up having to pay more money to play games we already own. The pc guys and gals dont have to and theres no reason the console peeps should either. We shouldnt justify it. And thats coming from a sony fan :)
pyramidshead  +   602d ago
This is why I'm glad I still have working PS1,2 and 3 in the homestead. It's a nice service, but this kinda sucks I guess. I doubt I'll be using this any time soon.
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