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Store specific cards are generally just a bad deal all around. There are times they can be beneficial, such as when they offer 0% interest for a year, or give a some discount, etc. But even then they're only worth getting if you can actually pay it off in a timely fashion...ie. not the minimum payment each month. A good rule of thumb is if you can't afford to pay off a credit card bill in a year for a non-necessity, you probably can't afford it. I personally say 3 months for m... #5.1
If they wanted to make games cheaper than retail then why not offer the discount to everyone instead of putting it behind a subscription service? It's nice to get the discount if you're a member, but EA isn't losing anything by putting the discount behind a paywall. In fact they'll make more unless people buy 5+ games a year.

These publishers could kill retail right now if they wanted to. MS tried to do it big time with the X1. But they know that retai... #2.5.4
1d 15h ago by rainslacker | View comment
From the TOS it appears that the free games will be rotated around, and only be playable while they're in rotation. It doesn't appear to be like PS+ where you can continue to play the game indefinitely so long as your subscription is active.

I imagine any discount purchased game would be yours to keep even if your subscription lapses, but it seems that you could save $1 by just getting a one month subscription whenever you wanted to buy a specific new game as you'... #24.2
1d 15h ago by rainslacker | View comment
If you buy enough digital games then a discount could add up to be pretty significant. $30 a year comes to less than $3 a month, which would be paid for just on one purchase per month. Plus you get the free games, which is just a bonus. It's not a bad deal for digital only buyers. Some free games to play for a time, and discounts. Only have to buy 5 new games a year with a discount to make it worthwhile.

If one were using it just for the free games, then it would com... #3.2.3
1d 16h ago by rainslacker | View comment
Sony would have to pay EA to have games on their streaming service. No publisher is likely to give out a big part of their library for free. Netflix has to pay publishers for their free streaming content. If Sony and EA come to a deal where it benefits them both, then you will see EA games on PSNow. Revenue is revenue regardless of how it's obtained, and I wouldn't put it past EA to put this service on PS4 if it's successful on X1. #2.2.3
1d 16h ago by rainslacker | View comment
China has long been a capitalistic country, but it's government and society is still communistic. It is possible to be both oddly enough despite it being against the principal tenants of communism.

China telecom is a state owned company, which makes it run by the communistic government. It's not to say that they won't try to compete, but there is no reason for them to since the principals of communism are based on shared wealth, although that's not necessa... #5.2.2
No, I'm saying the results of this survey are similar to the ones that were going around before the release of the two systems last year. Actual market share is not as drastic as the survey may suggest, but if you go by recent history, one should expect similar results come release in China. Assuming all other things are equal of course. #17.3.2
I'm actually in the same boat. I have a rather nice stand alone Blu-Ray player, but still use the PS3 more because it's other media features are much more fleshed out. It's media streaming features are easy to use, and quite robust, whereas the streaming features on the stand alone are pretty rudimentary. Funny thing is that the stand alone is a Sony which uses a interface not unlike the XMB, it just kind of sucks. Anyhow, I typically just throw in a blu-ray in the PS3 since th... #22.4.2
Most people on both systems haven't transitioned. There is no guarantee that 360 owners will obviously get a X1 anymore than there is a guarantee that current PS3 owners will transition to PS4. It just doesn't work like that. #15.7

They probably won't, but if they fail to perform this holiday, and PS gets an even bigger lead, I wouldn't be surprised to see a enticing bundle or a $350 version by the next E3.

MS isn't doing poorly, but they won't want to let themselves get too far behind PS. That would make support harder to get for the long term. #1.3.6

How can you say Sony definitely had planned the same kind of DRM and then use a quote from a top Sony exec which completely contradicts what you say was definitely going to be there?

Andrew House said they hadn't planned on changing anything when it comes to the distribution of games on it's systems. They were going to do the same thing they had been doing for the past 3 gens...which is leaving retail alone. #1.1.18
I've actually found that most stand alone players nowadays are better overall in Blu-Ray quality. Can't speak to 3D since I'm half blind in one eye, so it kind of doesn't work so well with me, but I'd imagine it's better as the processors for it are more specialized. Stand alones are much quieter as well(particularly for me having the original phat PS3).

PS3 is the easiest to update from what I've found. It also seems faster on boot. I also fin... #22.4
GT6 had weather, that came out last year. #1.17.2
Yeah, Every single person I know that has a 3D capable TV(4 of them), have an actual blu-ray player to watch blu-rays on. 3 of them have a PS3, 2 have a PS4, and 1 has an Xbox 1. Heck, I have a 3D capable blu-ray player that I've had for almost 2 years now, despite not having a 3D TV(half blind in one eye...doesn't work to well for me).

3D Blu-Ray is a great feature to have on a console that plays them, but it's far from a selling point, and I doubt any company... #1.8.8
I doubt it. Things like this aren't generally thrown in at a whim. They would have been working on it for a while if they were going to put it in. If it comes out only half-working though, or not at all, then I will retract my statement.:) #1.1.20
The survey comes out similar to the ones that were taken over here, and the results in sales after release of said consoles reflect a similar result. If you ignore the initial one where PS4 was over 80% after the X1 reveal. The rest were similar to this though.

It's one thing to downplay results, but when actual sales reflect those results, is it out of the realm of possibility that the same thing can happen in China.

One thing to keep in mind, around t... #17.3
Here's the link to the actual survey if that helps.


Might try going to the main site, it looks like most news aggregate sites without as much flash.

Sorry it ruins your downplaying of the results by discrediting the site delivering the message. #14.2
Guess it's a wash then, because apparently Chinese people don't like the Japanese either. At least according to all the experts on foreign societies that we have on here. #11.2
The survey itself was conducted by a website called NetEase. It's a news portal similar to N4G, but more generalized to all news, and not just technology or gaming.

Care to retort or retract your statement, since the survey wasn't conducted on a Playstation specific site?

Just because the survey was reposted on a PS specific website doesn't mean that the survey itself was skewed...although with most web surveys, it's probably not 100% accurat... #1.2.9
China Telecom is a state owned corporation in China. That means the government can control the distribution and pricing of the Xbox One console. There is really no reason for them to push or compete to sell the console at all. I don't know how that is a good thing.

I don't know about you, but I can't see how a communistic country controlling the distribution and sale of any consumer product such as this being a good thing for the success of that product. The... #5.2
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