PlayStation 4 should have a subscription based pricing model

It has recently been revealed that Microsoft is widening its offer with retailers to allow customers to buy an Xbox 360 with a two-year service contract. The contract consists of users paying a reduced upfront cost for the 360, $99 and they must subscribe to two years of Xbox live service for $14.99 a month. While many people may be against the subscription based pricing model, it is done all the time in the phone industry. Most people don’t buy new iPhone until their contract is up. If people had to pay the upfront cost on their iPhone like they did with the PS3 at launch, than the iPhone might not be the runaway success it is today. I really think the subscription based pricing model could benefit Sony moving forward, in particular, with the launch of the PlayStation 4.

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Godmars2903810d ago

For game discounts and movie rentals, separate Gamefly and Netflix-like subscriptions - one more for music? - which could be combined for one-umbrella discount, but not internet services and game related features. At this point MS should back away from that for XBL since they're targeting non-gamers as they push their gaming/media system.

Or is that media/gaming system?

WrAiTh Sp3cTr33810d ago (Edited 3810d ago )

Sony has already mentioned that they are somewhat interested and they're waiting to see how it does for MS before doing anything like this. And this article is practically agreeing with my sentiments from the article linked here...

CraigandDayDay3809d ago (Edited 3809d ago )

I would much rather buy the PS4 outright and not have to pay some sort of cell phone-esque monthly payment for it. However, I can see at least some people who would be interested in this. Could be a cool way to draw in more gamers. Offer the system for "free" or for $99 and make small payments each month for a couple years to pay the rest of it off. Makes sense for some people. I'll be buying it outright, though.

BTW, that is a pretty cool looking PS4 mock-up. Can't wait to see what the PS4 looks like and what it can do (visuals and features).

Knight_Crawler3809d ago

But what if you could not afford $600 all at once and you really want to play Killzone 4 or Uncharted 4?

CraigandDayDay3809d ago (Edited 3809d ago )

Then I suppose you could do this deal, but I for one would rather wait and buy it straight out.

Bobertt3809d ago

You can already do that just depends where you buy it. If you have a best buy card you can pay something off over 6 months. For $600 system thats $100 a month.

DigitalRaptor3809d ago

@ Knight_Crawler

PS4 will not be $600, you can be sure of that.

Lvl_up_gamer3809d ago

I have enough money to buy a console outright. I plan on buying the PS4 outright and the 720 outright.

However, not everyone who is a fan of gaming can afford that. Aside from kids who have to depend on their parents to buy them consoles or have to pay half, even some adults just don't make a lot of money are cautious on what they purchase.

These types of offers are a great thing. Simply because it offers another option. Options are good for everyone, even the companies that are offering them.

Sure in the long run the consumer is paying more...but they are playing sooner rather then later.

I know that if I was tight on money and I wanted to be father of the year for my kid/kids, I would greatly consider these types of deals. Initial cost for the console is only $99 instead of $300-$400 and then I only have to pay around $15 a month for 2 years? That is a cost which is very feasible.

I like that corporations offer choices and options, would consumers really NOT want options?

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ABizzel13809d ago

A subscription model for the PS4 would allow the console to be sold for $600+ if that's the amount of tech they put into it, over 2 years.

$300 + 24 month subscription to PS+ to cover the price of the PS4.

PirateThom3810d ago

Let me refute this by saying "no, it shouldn't". It's a ridiculous idea when Microsoft do it and it's a ridiculous idea if Sony do it. Fact is, it's just another way to limit what you can do with the hardware, by tying you to it for x amount of time.


While I agree that gamers may be tied to their system longer its just an option and the old pricing model could still be used in conjunction for those that want to sell second hand

GribbleGrunger3810d ago (Edited 3810d ago )

While I agree with you, PirateThom, something tells me this is on the cards for Sony. Gaikai is almost certainly going to be used in this way. I don't think it will be ONLY subscription based though. They'll sell the console as normal too, if you want.

Ducky3809d ago (Edited 3809d ago )

A future where you don't own your games nor your console.

Moneysuits must be creaming themselves at the mere though.

Anon19743809d ago (Edited 3809d ago )

I've got no issue with this at all. As the article mentioned, people do it all the time with cell phone contracts (I know I do). Offering subscription based programs for new consoles is just offering more consumer choice and I have no problem with that.

The issue I have is how much extra is charged over what it would cost if you bought the system outright and paid regular subscription fees. I have no issue with companies charging a premium for this option, but there's no reason they should be making over $100 over two years for this in my opinion. That's a bit much.

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Hicken3809d ago

It shouldn't, and I hope it doesn't.

Heavenly King3809d ago

what happens if you dont pay? The console will stop working or something??

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