Xbox GamePass Is Awesome & PlayStation Can Learn A Thing Or Two From It

PvsA writes:

"Like many gamers, I am hesitant about subscription services when it comes to video games. Downloads can be a pain."

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rdgneoz31623d ago

With bundling PSNow and PS+, it doesn't make much sense seeing as you don't need PS+ to play PSNow games (which you can play on the PC without any additional charge). "You do not need a PS Plus membership for online multiplayer on PS Now,” senior marketing manager Brian Dunn wrote on the PlayStation Blog (2018), “which stays the same for both streaming and downloaded games." With price bundling, Ultimate for a year is $180. PSNow + PS+ for a year is $120.

That said, PSNow does need more marketing.

darthv721623d ago

You know Sony is watching Gamepass for inspiration. They have watched many things MS has done and in some way have come out with their own spin on it. So for them to add in day one releases may not happen (yet) but they will probably change things to add in more newer releases after the first month at retail. One way or the other Sony is going to bring newer releases to PSNow much quicker than they have been.

JesusBuiltmyHotrod1623d ago

Um m the only difference is first party games day one which sony can do tomorrow if they want to..but they don't need to. Their games are selling millions..Stop trying to make it like Sony HAS to match gamepass, they don't.

Kumakai1623d ago (Edited 1623d ago )

Kind of a huge difference considering how important you guys claim 1st party games are.

That’s like saying the only small difference between a between a train and a plane is travel time... Obviously a huge difference of hours vs days even tho both will do the job. And in competition, better is better.

Game pass has a much newer game library in general just FYI.

BehindTheRows1623d ago (Edited 1623d ago )

Um, 1st Party games ARE important. It’s not simply a claim and that’s something Microsoft needs to learn from Sony.

That said, I agree that it’s a fairly moderate difference, but still think Now has plenty to offer by comparison.

TKCMuzzer1623d ago (Edited 1623d ago )

Look, Gampass is a bargain at the moment as MS has been able to throw all recent 1st party games on it so players have more than enough. The problem comes when they have to constantly keep that stream of 1st party games coming.
The question is, will people pay for it if they are only getting 1 or 2 1st party games every 3 or 4 months?
If Sony threw all their PS4 exclusives onto PSNow it would be ridiculous value, but only for the customer.
If a game sells 6 or 7 million you keep it separate from a subscription service until interest lowers.

I also don't think people are really aware of how many games are on PSNow and how many you can download, plus they are good games. I scrolled through them and thought, if i was new to Playstation and had no games, I would subscribe, it would take months to get through what is on offer.

Sony just need to shout louder, MS have been banging the gamepass drum and Sony need to bang the PSNow drum.
People who usually says its no good, pretty much have no idea whats on it.

crazyCoconuts1623d ago

Not a big change architecturally though, is just a business decision.

King_Noctis1623d ago (Edited 1623d ago )

“ Um m the only difference is first party games day one which sony can do tomorrow if they want to”

That hasn’t happened yet, and until that happen, it is one of the reason why Gamepass is better.

You also forgot to mention third party games, native offline gameplay, and cheaper subscription bundle as well.

Teflon021623d ago

the hell is native offline gameplay LOL
"Get instant access to a huge collection of more than 800 PS4™, PS3™ and PS2™ games on PS4™ or PC"
Lets be honest. You know like 450 or so are PS3 games that gotta stream yes. The rest is all downloadable games at any point.

isarai1623d ago (Edited 1623d ago )

"Native offline gameplay"

Lol what is this an EA press conference? It's called downloading, and yes PSNow has that to for any PS4 game in the service.

Also a bundle is kinda pointless when you don't need PS+ to play PSNow games online.

This is what's bothering me about all the comparison articles and comments. They dont even know WTF they're talking about. Look i don't even like streaming services, but if you're going to compare the two at least get your facts straight. One thing that aggravates me more than anything is people pushing/spreading their ignorance.

King_Noctis1623d ago

“Lol what is this an EA press conference? It's called downloading, and yes PSNow has that to for any PS4 game in the service.”

My point being that all Gamepass’s games can be downloaded, not just a handful of them. Not just Xbox One only game. I guess I don’t know what I’m talking about right?

crazyCoconuts1623d ago

I'm sure just like MS has a spreadsheet that offsets game purchases by subscription income short and long term, Sony does too. And Sony's predictions probably don't look as rosy for them given the potential losses on game sales. Maybe the 3 month God of war thing was an experiment to validate those assumptions. I've questioned why Sony wouldn't have pushed PSNow more in the past, brought it to more devices, etc. It very well might come down to it not making money for them.

Orionsangel1623d ago

Stop being so loyal to one brand and never seeing any fault in them. You make it so obvious that you're a fanboy who falls in line.

isarai1623d ago

It's business 101 not brand loyalty. Why sell your product at a discount when millions are more than willing to pay full price? Makes sense yeah?

WelkinCole1623d ago

If Sony put first party on ps now as soon as they come out that effecitvly means they are multi platform. That should not happen.

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yomfweeee1623d ago

The only thing GP has that Now doesn't is Day 1 first party. Sony won't do that. Not at the price it is now.

King_Noctis1623d ago

So we are ignoring streaming vs download?

Teflon021623d ago

You can download all PS4 and PS2 games on PSNow. You could for like 2 years now maybe? Only PS3 games are streaming only. On PC all is streaming of course. But atleast you get the streaming option

yomfweeee1623d ago

Yes, you are. You can download all PS4 games. That is more than all games on GP total.

ThinkThink1623d ago

Only some of the games can be downloaded from PSnow, not all.

SolidGamerX1623d ago

No one is ignoring it.

"You are free to download as many games as you like, depending on the space available in your PS4™ system storage. After downloading you can play games offline."


King_Noctis1623d ago

“ @King_Noctis @ThinkThink



Did you forget to mention that only a fraction of those games are downloadable, Einstein?

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TKCMuzzer1623d ago (Edited 1623d ago )

They shouldn't do it. If were not careful we are going to lose that feeling of new game releases, new hype. Its all going to become a mundane experience.
Great games need launch hype, they need launch experiences, they need to be treated differently.

Chris121623d ago

Why can't you have that still?

moriarty18891623d ago

how to give away major AAA exclusives for free and kill sales and money the devs need to ensure proper support and sequels??? Gmaespass is a great value but it really has hurt sales of games like Gears 5 and others by people getting it for free. They should keep them off for a year or more so that fans support the games at launch and devs can properly recoup the money they invested so thy dont have to nickel and dime the fanbase with mtx later. Just my opinion.

Fluttershy771623d ago (Edited 1623d ago )

I tell you what; Microsoft doesn't like give things for free just because... if they are doing it (which they aren't: is a subscription service and they charge you for it), is because they consider it to be worth it... The coalition belongs to Microsoft, and if Gears 5 inclusion on GP has hurt its sales (I don't know that but lets say it has) you need to wonder how many new subscribers to GP Microsoft got from such inclusion. How much more money is MS gonna milk from them in a 6 months period? Every single month. How about a year? Two?
What if the service becomes really popular, then MS could decide to raise it lets say just 2 bucks: then how much more money will they make?