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How Sony can charge for multiplayer gaming

Sony is yet to make a profit on the PS3 and one obvious income stream they are missing is charging for online multiplayer gaming.

However they have previously said they won't ever charge for this so will it ever happen... Here's an idea that may well work for Sony and still ensure they don't break any more promises.

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t8502776d ago ShowReplies(8)
Dellis2776d ago

They need to, fanboys would cry but eventually they will pay

its just like when Activision began the 59.99 price for

next gen games, what did gamers do? cry a bit but eventually

started paying.

ThanatosDMC2776d ago

Why would you want them to start charging for something that should be free since we all ready pay for our internet service separately?

I understand $59.99 bluray games but i dont understand people paying $59.99 for games on cheap dvd disks.

Marquis_de_Sade2776d ago

I don't see what difference the format of the disc makes, you're paying for the license to access the content.

lowcarb2776d ago

It has nothing to do with your internet service.

Raf1k12776d ago

The difference is that BluRays cost a lot more to produce than DVDs.

ThanatosDMC2776d ago

Just check the prices on the same game, say ME2, on the PC compared the console version then. The PC cost $49.99 on a new released game while a console version of the same game cost $10 more.

Raf1k1 is right. Since bluray disk without the hard anti-scratch whatever is extremely fragile so they had to manufacture it with that hard whatever but it costs a lot more. http://www.blu-ray.com/faq/

webeblazing2776d ago

so lowcarb, are you with ea and their online pass since it has nothing to do with the internet provider you currently pay 4.
im not even with them on that, even if they got a few good points. u pay 4 live 4 what basic things thats not even worth the money they charge you for it. your renting the other half of your game you paid 4 that the devs made for you. but its worth it, while everybody else gets it for free.

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creatchee2776d ago

Fanboys won't cry - they'll just find every reason to justify the price and blow up the Interwebs with how much better things are even though they are paying. That's what a fanboy does.

The rest of us will pay if we decide that it is worth it to us. I have no problem paying extra if I feel that I'll get my money's worth. I'm not going to whine about it if I don't though...

MGRogue20172776d ago (Edited 2776d ago )

Sony is different.. That's what I love about 'em.

Start charging for online multiplayer & they will become like Microsoft. That's not what I want to see them become into.. do you? :(

edgeofblade2776d ago

I really don't care, as long as they do as Microsoft has done and earn that $50. In fact, if I weren't playing my games on 360 and getting my money's worth from my Gold, I would probably be open to paying for service on PSN.

Suffice it to say, I would have no reason to pay for service on PSN since I already pay for service on XBL. That's like paying for two cell phone bills but only using one.

cemelc2776d ago

Getting youre money worth with what party chat???

PSN = Xboxlive but if you consider that PSN is Free then PSN is better than live.

Youre getting ripped off with 50$ for P2P

Anon73492775d ago

Edge of Blade

The stuff you are paying for is the stuff Devs already made for you that M$ withholds FROM you and the mini extra features you get from XBL are free on other services.

PSN is pretty much the same as XBL give or take a few features, although PSN has something that XBL doesn't... a good array of games with dedicated servers.

While PC gamers get EVERYTHING you pay for ABSOLUTELY FREE OF ANY CHARGE and MUCH MUCH MORE.

It's absolutely insane on how people that play on xbox can justify their wasted money.

Dannehkins2776d ago (Edited 2776d ago )

Reports have already been rumouring that the next instalment of the PlayStation Slim will be the one where Sony no longer loses money on every console sold. Secondly, I do believe the new technologies Sony implemented into their PlayStation 3 were looking towards the future. It's raised the profile of Blu-Ray disks and not to mention the Cell Processor which is being used in other products as well. So they kinda are making money, but in a round about way.

Nevertheless, I digress from the subject. Yes indeed, they did say they would never charge for playing online. That doesn't mean they can't charge for additional features and I think I would prepared to pay out for adequate features that will improve my online experience. I am definitely sure, if not positive, that Sony are eying this up because there is MONEY TO BE MADE! They need not look far before they find an example of this i.e Xbox Live. I think it's the infrastructure that is taking up the time.

Phil Mc Crackin2776d ago

I don't believe any company took a loss on a console. I believe and know everybody made their profits. It's a sales technique " I'm not making a dime on this". Check out any zig zigglar tape or respected sales guru's tape.

Anon73492775d ago

@Phil

Actually used to lose lots of money per console sold, but made up for it in game royalties and other ways.

gapecanpie2776d ago

If Sony start charging for online game play, then I would sale my ps3 and become a PC only gamer....

Dannehkins2776d ago

The likelihood of it all is that they'll offer different packages along side your standard free package. Therefore, your online remains free but premium services such as cross game chat for an example, would require subscription. Obviously what I just said was a guess based on what I believe would be logical, but I can't see them charging for online play.

ALFAxD_CENTAURO2776d ago

Online will not be charge.

It will ''add'' new services and features making it better than any other console online service.

Raf1k12776d ago

Sony has stated that what is currently free will continue to be free and that new features are what you will pay for in the premium.

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