With a $170 million loss at their hands, Sony has a lot of ground to make up. One way Sony could easily do that is by charging everyone for its online service. Though that's an easy way to do it, I don't think that would be the smart way.
Yeah, this article is kinda common sensed, I don't see Sony charging for PSN anytime soon. There is no reason to penalize your customers for a service being down. Otherwise I don't see how they will make up for the loss. I assume that the CoD Bundle will help but I don't see discounting PSN titles making that much of a dent. If anything they will probably jack up the price of NGP a bit because new hardware is always pricey for early adapters.
It's not going to happen for this generation.....period. Next gen, PS4, possible, but even then, it's not necessarily true.
Yeah, Sony never said anything about charging for what is currently free. I don't see it happening next gen either. If people want to pay a little extra for PS+ and get hundreds of dollars worth of bonus content, that's fine, but Sony said that the free services shall remain free... they'd get a good lashing if they ever went back on that. Plus, they're probably still making a good profit from sales through the network.
All companies need to learn a lesson from this: If you aren't sending me a product I ordered over the mail, don't ask for or hold on to my address! Just the theft of their mailing list is a major public relations disaster and it was pointless because Sony never sent me even one thing in the mail. They practically only took the info so I could get pissed when it got stolen!
They are a 10 billion dollar a year company(subsidiary). There is a lot they can do to make up for a 170 million dollar loss. The PSN is going to be a cornerstone for all Sony products, so the loss can be made up for in other areas over time. It's by no means a good thing (we could have gotten some new games) but it's not something they can't bounce back from.
Actually, I am hoping that Sony DOES NOT incorporate a higher price tag due to the $170M loss. And actually, I think discounted digital games may bring in a LOT of extra money. I personally still plan on buying the two games I meant to buy the day PSN went down. I wouldn't say they lost revenue from those that are still buying the games they meant to buy during the outage.
"I wouldn't say they lost revenue from those that are still buying the games they meant to buy during the outage." That's what I don't get. I can see how sales on, for example May 4, right in the middle of the outage, would be way down from May 4, 2010, but I don't see how this outage is going to cost Sony as much as they think it will, at least in lost revenue. Consider... if I were planning on buying ModNation Racers, but I didn't have the money for it until April 21st, day 2 of the service outage. I had already bought the gift card, so now what?? wait for the service to be restored and buy the game then. I can see a massive expenditure for upgrading their security: beefing up the software, working people around the clock, hiring outside consulting firms, stuff like that. But I doubt they lost as much as they think they did, just because people are waiting for the chance to buy the game they were going to buy when the network went down.
When the PS4 gets released,free online will be a thing of the past.sony will charge on day 1 for PSN.
Omg are you from the future??If so can you please tell us what the ps4 will look like??
haha I will laugh if this actually turns out to be true. Then Ill cry :( Sony is smart though. They know PSN free is the way to be.
Well you know. Its kinda weird becasue its as if Sony charges already with the way people act. Other then from PS fans you don;t hear any praise for it being free its like with most sony stuff is just not talked about but god forbid xbox went free it would be end of world stuff
I kinda expect $ony to charge as well.
I hope they do charge for online. I just dont see why companies like xbox live charge so much for it though? I think 2 bucks a month, 30 for the year is more than sufficient enough. I cant bring myself to pay these companies 60 to 80 bucks a year just to pay online. My internet just raised my internet by 50 more dollars a month cause its been a year, I had to switch companies cause i just couldn't do that much. Like I said, im down for paying for a service, but chargeing 7 to 10 bucks a month is ridiculous since we spend money monthly anyways. PC users, devs, and publishers offer games and get their money through micro transactions, why should consoles be any different?
I remember xbotz claiming psn downtime would cost billions
BILLIONZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ LOST OMG END OF PS SHOULD THEY PACK IT IN WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA yep they did sound something like that You know what this website is getting ridiculous. I lose a bubble for being off topic????? wannna know hoe to scare off your N4g.com fans is punish them for basically nothing but then let the normal trolls go and get away with anything.END |RANT
Why lose billions when you could lose.....Millions? MWUAHAHA!
170 million in the big picture is not very much. They will make back most of that when PSN is fully online again. I know for one that I have a lot of content that I will be downloading as soon as it is up. PSN will remain free at least until the PS4 launches if they change it then I really don't see a problem.
If thats what it takes to get a safer online service,then so be it.XBL made over a billion $ in 2009 and sony wants to get that kind of revenue on PSN.free online will not be on the next ps4.its not about loyalty it,s about money and sony needs and wants it.
You know they aren't just a gaming company just like MS isn't only a gaming company also. What they may lose in one area, they could make up for it in another section of electronics. It doesn't only have to be focused into gaming.
thats the cost of 1 AAA sony first party game so yeah STOP THE BS
If it doesn't remain free, thank the idiot hacker wankers.
actually.. internet isnt free we all pay for it to play online.. now. only Ms can charge a second time for it... only god knows what kinda people pays twice for a service they already have..
LMAO! That's about the dumbest thing I have ever read on here. Congratulations. :) Actually your "internet" is coming from another service.... your channels on your tv. Most share the same outlet but are being charged for both tv and internet. Xbox Live is another high quality service and not just "to play online' $170 million is coming from Sony. A company that is known to give lies. They're being very generous with that total. They're not counting the loss of customers. Numerous reports have stated that a huge increase of ps3's were in fact traded in for cash or for a 360. I don't think you understand the danger of having your credit card information in jeopardy. Some of you kids might not care, but adult gamers that know about this will be pissed. I imagine many adults jumping ship because the lack of online security.
@Firstkn1ghT, assuming you're not a troll, the fact is that the online gaming aspect of the Xbox360 IS locked out entirely if you don't subscribe, whether you want their "high quality" services or not. Comparing it with TV doesn't really apply here, either, you're paying for access to the channels more so than the connection to them. That's more like paying for games than paying for an internet connection. Xbox Live forces you to buy your game and the internet and then pay on top of that simply for the liberty to put the two together. Also, I won't question your top notch business knowledge because you're clearly an expert but even with massive losses, there's still no reason why Sony would alienate themselves further by charging for online gaming. Also, as far as I'm aware it was never confirmed whether credit card info was actually stolen, it was also encrypted. Although, I don't see what that has to do with this article.
I purchase Sony PlayStation products on a regular basis so they'll get my support.
The day any console wishes to charge me for the liberty of using my own internet connection is the day I lose all interest in it. I'd rather save those pennies and buy a gaming PC. I'm really hoping that Microsoft won't end up making it a standard practice, there's just no benefit for the customer as far as I'm concerned. It's bad enough that paid DLC seems to be part of every game now, but at least I can ignore that.
Why is it they always how much they loss every time something happened? And why SHOULD SONY CHARGE FOR PSN?
Sony's insurance will cover most of this - not them. Pointless article.
"When the PS4 gets released,free online will be a thing of the past.sony will charge on day 1 for PSN." Drsnobby, I totally agree with you...Given there are turdish human beings out there in gay abundance, it is only feasable that Sony has to charge for there next consoles online infrastructure.....They tried the free thing, & all there supposed fanbase has done is whinge, whine & carry on about what they ARE NOT GETTING FOR FREE, instead of being happy with what they are. I know many, many like myself are completely happy with the service & understand completely that things like the recent breach can happen to any company.......but the ammount of ridiculous idiots out there that bitch & moan like they are owed something more than what they are getting life, is totally nuts, & testament to why THEY should be charged for what they get, as the fact is, Sony have offered us a better & better online experience for no charge, since they brought the network adaptor to the PS2. And with these morons people call hackers out there trying to sabotage PSN & succeeding in small part (I say small part because after 10years or so of there "FREE" services dating back to PS2, a 4 week outage is a miniscule ammount to pay).
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