Details regarding the PlayStation Now pricing scheme have come to light and unless they're just placeholder prices for the duration of the Beta, it could spell the death of service before it even hits the ground.
I also find that digital downloads are pretty much in line with hardcopy games, which i find ridiculous considering there is no packaging, transport or other costs involved really, except to the purchaser having to use their own bandwidth to download. It seems pretty much the same with rentals as it appears here.
In the past year if you complain enough about it these companies tend to listen.
the pricing model isn't permanent. AND if people bought a PS4 for PS Now, then i've lost faith in humanity.
@crxss It's not that people buy a PS4 for PS Now. I for one, I am interested in PS Now on TVs since I tend to buy Sony's TVs. For people that own a Samsung TV or other brand, the only way into the service is a PS3 or PS4. It's a very nice compliment to have. It's like Netflix. Everything comes with Netflix now, but it's great to have it for those times that you don't want to go to the movies or rent a recent movie. It also has great original series, but that's besides the pint.
i am not happy with the pricing system.. what i want is a netflix kind of subscription that gives me access to the whole library of games... I saw great potential in PS Now but i am a bit disappointed right now.
@cross Exactly! PSNow is not a console you need to buy, no install base needed so no install base lost, it a service they want to build as hedge for future developments. Right now they just need it to work well, that should be the important thing, prices can be changed anytime but they need to make sure the technical stuff is working well.
People keep saying these are "beta prices" but is there actually any evidence that sony will reduce the price come launch? Also will they refund the difference if they DO lower them after the beta to those who paid these extortionate fees? When people touted this as a netflix for games I was impressed with the potential. Right now without a subscription this service is irrelevant and doa imo
That's a good point. Digital downloads should be cheaper by default, because of the reasons you stated. This could also mean that the price of PS Now could be decided based at least a little bit like that. I've said it many times, and a lot of people have too. IF PS Now doesn't get a subscription option like Netflix, it will fail. There is no other way around. Prices would have to be very, very low to stay individual for each time period, and that's something it won't benefit Sony. I think a reasonable price model would be $19.99 monthly or $99.99 yearly. PS+ members get $9.99 monthly or $69.99 yearly (or something tied to their PS+ membership.
178 posts about this later... WE GET IT.
It's a difficult balancing act that I can fully understand but still find annoying: Sony (and 3rd party) need the hardware to sell well so that their audience for games grow. Those same outlets sell games, so undercutting the hard-copy would take revenue away from the retailer and the retailer would be less inclined to want to promote or sell your hardware. It's a stalemate that needs a solution, but what's the solution? Until a huge chunk of gamers start to buy hardware online, this will 'have' to continue. I'd also like to point out that it won't be Sony setting these prices, it will be 3rd party publishers.
this service will stream OLD games not new ones
GabeSA you want digital pricing to be lower than the physical stores selling games also want it to reflect those prices. If you are running bestbuy and a game on psn costs $49.99 yet you have to sell it for $59.99, that means many will buy the cheaper version and you will loose out on a lot of potential sales I don't a lot of you get the fact how much influence places like gamestop,bestbuy,amazon etc, have. Remember when MS announced DRM policies and gamestop had a big campaign to make their consumers aware gamefly sent out an email letting all their members know that used games won't be playable on xbox one so i am sure if it was that simple both sony and ms would have done that, but they don't want to burn the bridges till they absolutely have to
The only thing going for digital games is if you have 2 PS4s you only have to buy the game once (if you want to play it simultaneously). But, I do agree, digital copies usually cost £10 more than physical and it definitely feels like a rip-off.
imo Sony should make it a yearly subscription service like ps+ is £40 a year and you get every game play as much as you like i think everyone would pay for it then. ps the pricing at the moment is only testing the water to see what the market will stand.
I have never owned a Playstation console. Just PSP and VITA. If I could buy a $99 box (Playstation) and play almost all the games (except for some PS2 games) Playstation has ever made for console for that price and the streamed games are cheap. WOOOOOOOOOOO!!! SIGN ME UP!
who approved this garbage? it's already known that the prices aren't even remotely final.
probably the same ppl that approved the other 20 or so articles saying exactly the same thing. I wonder if cl1983 with delete this articles, he seems to do it for all the xbone articles that are about the same thing. But then again this is about ps4 not xbone so my guess it wont.
If people don't complain then testing prices quickly become final prices, then you would complain and it would be too late. Sony is a big company, they will go for the most profitable pricing system they can get away with. They are not your friends, they don't do this to make you happy, you are nothing but a bag of walking money to be exploited by them regardless of what you might think.
There's no sense in crying over it when it's known that those prices aren't final. And as it's been pointed out several times - Sony doesn't set the prices, it's the publishers who are responsible for that.
To expensive unfortanately : (
Sony no what their doing
LOL that's complete BS. Most people who play a game or use a service never even knew a beta existed. These placeholder prices (which have been made extremely clear they are not final and are in fact placeholder) are only going to put off maybe a quarter or the beta users, and chances are they will only be put off for a little while if the prices improve(which im sure they will) but with about 150million possible devices that will access this service, a couple thousand stupid angry beta testers are not going to make much of an impact
you guys complain so much about pricing that is in beta..sigh.. but yet you guys are happy with re-skinned Call of Duty with bs story, and BF4 that is not even running well and gonna buy hardline with totally re-skinned, same bugs game that you pay 59.99 plus whatever DLC's and season pass..my goodness wake up guys
Oh man it's not like they can still change the prices or anything like that.
People saying "it will change" look st digital download prices, have they changed? Example, isn't ACBF and BF4 still like £45-50? As for the PS Now prices, you can buy most of them cheaper. Subscription based Rental Services are always going to be better value, unless Sony actually offer a well priced subscription format.
"As for the PS Now prices, you can buy most of them cheaper. Subscription based Rental Services are always going to be better value, unless Sony actually offer a well priced subscription format" PlayStation now is not primarily for ps owners. The service will be catering for non ps owners also, like streaming through you're tablet, smartphone or smart tv. You need to understand the target market before you make judgments on digital pricing vs physical copy pricing. If you can buy a physical copy cheaper, well done. I'll commend you more if you manage to get the disk running on your smart tv ;)
Most people who want to play Playstation games own a Playstation. It will be a minority that do not. Most people who don't own a PS console wont even know it exists, and once they see those prices they wont care either. Make the prices more appealing or offer the option of a subscription for those who plan on using the service alot and im all for it.
Hopefully these are subject to change pretty quickly. It seems like PlayStation is almost the preferred platform in South Africa and unless we all of a sudden have the infrastructure to support this I don't think it's going to fare well with the average gamer :<
It's a beta you imbeciles. And looks like Sony lowered the pricing about an hour ago. These idiotic, gun-jumping amateur journalists are looking pretty foolish right now.
People are just uncomfortable with paying for a game and not having it after.I think the service needs to prove itself with time, and those prices need adjustment. Then again MMOs have been doing this for years now...
it wouldnt end the system just playstation now. People will just buy the games as they do now. If you just a wait a while most game prices drop after a few months. Its much better to own a great game anyway than you can play it years from now.
By "system" I was referring to PlayStation Now, not the actual PS4 console. Bad choice of words. Apologies.
Here's the thing... Any company will choose to price an item at the level that the market will bear. In other words, too cheap and they miss profit, and too high and they miss sales. If Sony see a huge drop off of purchases during the beta, then they will know they priced the games too high and adjust accordingly. If a bunch of fools are OK with paying these ridiculous prices then that will damn the rest of us. Either way, PSNow pricing will not 'end the system'.
I cannot imagine the shit storm on here and other sites if the final prices are even half of what they are now or if no subscription option is available at all.
They will drop the price and then look like saints as they "listen" to the gamers....lol
Yet another doom n gloom article claiming that this is the end of Sony. Serious question here I'm going ask, if MS offered a service that's similar in everyway to PSNow, does anyone belive that the rental prices will be anymore different? And how many articles do you think will be posted claiming it's the end of MS?? Like I said serious question, I'm not looking for a flame war or claims of trolling here. Just a serious answer
As I said in an earlier comment, I used the word "system" to refer to the PlayStation Now service itself and not the PlayStation 4 console. It was a bad choice of words. If PSNow collapses it will have very little effect on the console itself. Once again, my apologies.
Thank you zaid for your honest and direct reply :-)
I remember the naysayers claiming ps plus would fail! Look how that turned out. 1 mans garbage, is another man's gold.
who's talking about MS? if they were to release a product like this and kept the pricing the same, you better believe people would be complaining like they are now. actually, it'd most likely be a lot worse since its MS
This service doesnt interest me in the slightest.. It's more aimed at 1st world countries then we 3rd world countiers where 10MB ADSL lines is the fastest we have.
If they price it right this could be the service they need to steal some needed thunder from Gameshop and give people more of a reason to purchase SONY products and services and increase PS$ sales! Only if prices right! Besides they wouldn't be losing anything since they could off set the cost with increased hardware sales?
It's all beta until it's official and Sony has been really good about listening to the consumers. I don't think they would deliberately shoot themselves in the foot. Given, that they're in such a great lead so far in this gen.
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