During the early release beta phase of the coming service PlayStation Now, prices have recently launched and are much higher than the community can live with.
I see where its going with the model but I think a lot of people are going to do the math and see that its just better to buy it out-right. With many games only clocking in somewhere around 20ish hours and not playing it ever again, some will find it to be a deal. To each their own tho I suppose.
It's better to buy it outright if you have the machine to play it on. But if you want to play Uncharted on the PS4 or Vita (or Bravia TV) then buying the game isn't an option. I like this model, but if you have a game that takes 10 hours to complete, you're potentially only going to pay a few bucks for it. That said, most of the games that will be offered will be older games on legacy systems, so it's not like the publishers were going to get much more money from them anyway.
Exactly: people are forgetting that PSNow isn't made for ps3 players to stream ps3 games. The ps4/vita-only owners have no other choice than to buy from PsNow or get a ps3.
Don't pay for it until the price is right.
Im mostly playing JRPGs and I usually devote 100 hours to each.
I can see both sides of why charges are the way they are. Since we have no idea what or if Sony is offering a developer split in that fee its hard to say if its a complete price gouge. I for one don't do rentals because if I want a game I buy it.
"Since we have no idea what or if Sony is offering a developer split in that fee its hard to say" The titles don't belong to Sony, unless Sony buys them out completely. The developers are paid for their titles. Its not even a question. You can't sell someone else's IP without paying them for it.
I disagree with the pricing put forward by this article. Let's face it, the 4 hour play for $5 is actually paying for a demo, so the pricing should reflect that. The reason Sony are in two minds about this is obviously because some games CAN be finished in 4 hours, but that's not an attractive price. Be clear about what it is. Reduce the time for the demo option and charge the minimum amount: 2 hour: $1 3 days: $3 7 days: $7 1 month: $15 3 months $25 Do this and everyone will be satisfied.
I agree and its not like the service will be used for PS4 games or anything.
Yeah, I think Sony are worried that the press will run with the 'paid demo' narrative and put a dampener on PSNow but I don't think it would matter too much if the price reflected exactly what it is. At $1 for 2 hours, if a person knows a game can be finished in 3 - 4 hours, they'll just pay for 2 sessions anyway. Everyone is happy. I'm also sure for $1 many more people will try out the service and then perhaps go in to invest more readily in the longer term prices.
Give all the games for free and everyone will be satisfied!
No but then we have to complain that Sony isn't continuously depositing money into our bank accounts.
$5 for 4 hrs is made to push people for the more expensive options, since they know no one would really want a game at that price for a short time. It's like restaurants that make small drinks $2.00 and x-large ones $2.30 to make the other one seem like a better deal.
I can see this being their motive. But I see a lot of people under pricing as well just to be as cheap as possible, when in reality Sony will only, at best, meet expectations half way. The main problem I see is the varying prices. What they need to do is set a cap price for the highest prices a developer can price their game at, and those should at least be fair (No, not $5 for 4 freaking hours, try $2.99 instead, or $1.99. $7 for 7 days, etc), with cheaper, less popular games at like 0.99 for 4 hours, $4.99 for 7 days, $12.99 for a month, etc. IIRC, back in the day, Hollywood Video's rentals were only $5 for 5 days for CURRENT games on the current consoles, so why should these developers and/or Sony charge more than that for last gen games...
It totally depends on how much a rental would be. But most of these rentals are probably targeting people who have Sony Bravia TV's and PS4s only. I think you'll be able to use Playstation Now with Playstation TV too if i'm not mistaken.
You have a good point, but missing a bigger picture. Seriously, if you think they can release $10 for 10 hour just so gamers can have the chance to beat the game then sure, that sounds reseasonable to all gamers. Honestly, you'd think $10 is worth a game on a high end budget game? Maybe they are 2012, but they still don't worth that much. Maybe $15-20 dollar as you don't own the game and have 50/50 to beat the game. Overall any game that are PS3 or PS4 and even Xbox 360 & Xbox One games (not including indie games) don't deserve low cost pricing just so any gamers can afford them. Although I'd be happy :D
I'm all for free market, so let company's and competition decide prices.That being said, I feel $1.00 a day, for each title, is a fair and reasonable price for a streaming product. Keep it simple.
These prices are better, especially if it's a new game. Renting Prices 1 day, $2 (the same price as Redbox, without having to leave your home) Weekend, $3 ($3 for Sat. & Sun., saves you $1 since most gamers play on weekends) 1 week, $10 (more than enough to play and beat most games) 1 month, $30 (better than paying full price and trading it back in for $25 credit) Keep it offer After 1 day, $58.99 After 7 days, $49.99 After 1 month, $29.99
its insane how people think sony sets these prices and not the publishers btw these have been confirmed as placeholders
I think that's the problem though, if Sony was in charge of the pricing I think the model would be more attractive. Too many of these publishers want to rip people off from these service it seems. I think Sony's hands are tied though, I'm sure they'd like to do a more favorable pricing scheme, but have to keep those 3rd parties happy in order to have decent content.
So some guy who runs a small gaming website has better a better financial plan and knows better than a global electronics giant who has been making games consoles for nearly 20 years?
Maybe they will have a "buy it" option, the rental aspect of it just seems dumb to me.
If they price them as they do on PS Store what's the point? Remember when they introduced the digital games saying "oh it will be much better and as we eliminate the game box and other stuff the price will be much lower" well, that serves you right, you see digital copies at €70 and you can get that same game as a physical copy for €50. I say, go digital when they start to set the price right.
Can't get a physical copy of a ps3 game if you only own a ps4 and/or vita, which is who the streaming service is prioritized for.
Number specifics aside, I think Sony can fix this by making a rent-to-own option. You paid a total of X to rent it, the game cost Y to unlock forever, you only have to pay an additional Y-X to add it to your streaming library with no time limit. This way you are motivated to try more games because you actually have something (a credit) when the rental expires. And you'd be more likely to pay the difference to stream forever the games you've rented quite a bit. People keep arguing about the prices, but I think the real issue is the lack of permanence. You want to feel like you have something to show for the money you spent, at least I do.
This service is mind numbingly ridiculous as it stands, you would be better off just getting a PS3 and buying the games physically instead of using the convoluted rental system. It's not the answer to backwards compatibility it was supposed to be that's for sure, the pricing makes the physical copies you can get cheaper than the digital rentals, I don't trust a 'buy' it option since having access to bought games relies on the service being available/continuing to exist, it's at this point just dumb. Really really dumb. I won't use it, this is the definition of cash grab.
I'd suggest giving options like pay per period.. example: Pay per hour: $1/hour Pay per day: $4/day pay per week: $15/week
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