With Microsoft continually charging for the Xbox Live Gold service and the announcement of the Playstation 3 price drop, will Sony start charging for the Playstation Network? In this article we delve into this issue.
And I highly doubt they would. That is one of MANY distinguishing features between Sony and Microsoft... And it's a POSITIVE feature for the PS3 and a NEGATIVE feature for the 360.
NO. The end.
And they would not. They have a source of revenue that is free to us to enter into and yet Sony continues to make money from us by way of small transactions. Movies, games, and Home all present Sony with revenue and they present us this avenue free by way of PSN. Online gaming should be free on all systems and those who charge for it should be ashamed.
Then they might start offering new subscription based services on PSN, perhaps something better and/or different than what XBL offers. If paying a fee to get something that makes PSN better than XBL is required, then why not? PSN is already great so if Sony starts charging that money could be used for many new features. Maybe it's just a matter of when, not if...
Micro-transactions are the way the future is going. It's no commitment and easy to get into. Bite sized transactions make companies money while building faith from the public consumer, plain and simple.
I am quite fond of not having to pay to play online.
For what? What possible reason could they have for doing such a thing?
Should Sony start charging for PSN? No they shoulden't. Fact is even MS should not be charging for XBL. Both Sony and MS should be making money by getting a little % of everything sold on XBL or PSN and that should be enough. There is very little reason to pay for online play. I'll tell you it's kinda retarded to have to pay a fee to play a online shooter and THEN have to pay for maps later on. While on PS3 it's just paying for maps cause there is no fee for online play PSN has a massive plus in that it's free and I don't think nor do I think Sony thinks it's a good idea to change that.
why, because we're getting too much value or something. Long n short of it is that we're the punter. We're not shareholders or members of the board. We buy consoles and games for our enjoyment FIRST, how they run their business is their decision so as long as they can afford to keep psn free we should be happy. Maybe people should use their time and write a glory piece about how they actually manage to keep it FREE and that they should be commended for doing so.....that'll make a change
To be able to whipe their asses with money? My vote: NO.
Noooooooooo... and I don't think they will... This is the biggest difference between Xbox360 and PS3... This is the main reason I bought PS3 over Xbox360..
There has never been a price issue for PSN because there IS NO PRICE for PSN. Lol. I understand that the PS3 Slim poses a huge threat to the 360 and its fans, but it doesn't mean they should go and write articles on why Sony SHOULD charge for PSN... just so they'll feel justified for their purchase of a 360 and subscription fees to Xbox Live Gold. They wouldn't feel the need to write these pointless articles if they just use the force and come join the Dark Side... for only $299. >:D
This outta fix the title: "Should Microsoft Stop Charging for Xbox Live?"
Sony should Start Charging For PSN so what...so we can get what something like cross game invite, cross game chat and double charge for nexflix and what...ya facebook and twiter which are free on pc and the ps3 already have a web browser am i the only one see that something is definitely wrong with this picture
get a 360 if you want all that childish sh1t on your console! I'll effing puke if facebook and twitter appear on the xmb.
sorry but having the service free is a fantastic thing all you need is the console and highspeed internet and sony could sell you DLC and Games from the PS store :)
hey I don't mean to sound like a victim or nottin' but it's already expesive as it is. Games, consoles, accessories you name it. Havin this Free net is the only upside on the console. Also gotta think bout them RPG's comin out they'll charge.
hey ya sorry I meant MMO's
HELL NO WHAT THE FU*K IS THIS ?? MICROSOFT ????
Actually the microshaft will give XBL for FREE!..but last for 1 yr only
"Actually the microshaft will give XBL for FREE!..but last for 1 yr only " wow English please and microsoft dose not gives a one free year even if they did PSN is free for life lol
LOL the writer is soooo stupid because it should be the other way around and ask "should Microsoft start offering LIVE for free ?"
Why offer it for free when millions of people are paying for it?
Because then it will start lacking in quality and features that will never appear because of no revenue for research and development. Look I love my PS3, but I really hate psn and I refuse to use it, because I don't have the features that I have grown accustomed to with XBL and refuse to take a step backward because it is free. If Sony were to charge I would gladly pay for it because it would help make it better. If I can't afford $4 a month then I don't need to be playing any system, period. I've paid for XBL since day 1 and it has not stopped me from buying one game, movie or anything else.
Wow you really don't own a ps3 and you're just making up petty excuses. First of all psn is free, got dedicated servers for most of their games, plenty of people chatting and all that. Paying for it doesn't make it better, it's like paying for sex. When you get it for free you can do anything you want, but when you pay like a fool you're restricted. The pc and the psn service are offering a premium service. All those stupid extra unnecessary features on live aren't needed, cross game chat and voice messages. Then people talk about netflix like it's really something, I mean I can just download my movies for free anyway then play them on my ps3.
How in the Hell are you going tell me I don't have a PS3 PSN:RahStarr check it out, anyway. You can say what you want just because you are not a social person and don't like interacting with different people that's your problem, but obviously most human beings with a life outside of video games like interacting and PS3 owners have been asking for these very same features that you seem to hate because Microsoft has it first. I guess you don't have cable or high speed internet in your home because there are free alternatives to both of those services just to use your example, but people pay for them because of the features they provide. Now like I said before I love my PS3 but I refuse to use PSN, it'f free so I'm not losing out either way, so how about you worry about how you spend your money and I will worry about how I spend mine.
I think you should give PSN a chance. From the sound of things, you have not tried it in a while. All I can say is that its gotten really good. Last night I was playing SFIV with one of my friends, then from there we went on to play co-op Resident evil 5. Absolutely lag free. A lot of people say XBL is better, but honestly, I really dont see how. Before you start screaming, I've never used XBL, but I think that a lot of the features on there are just extraneous. I dont need facebook or twitter. Psn is just as good as I need it to be. I dont want to pay for extra stuff. BTW did I tell you Home has gotten pretty nice now? Its definately worth a visit.
Anyone can sign up for a psn account easily. But you contradicted yourself when you said you don't use it. Like how in the world are you supposed to know what psn is like if you never touched it? Hypocrite much? You're trying to call me a anti-social person when you pretty much smashed your own argument. I'm not the one complaining about something I never used before am I? Why would I want to pay for xbox live when I can get all those things on PSN or the PC? I mean steam, is a perfect example of what xbox live can't ever do.
Now let me get this straight according to you I don't have a PS3 because I don't like PSN, which I just used last night to download Marvel vs. Capcom 2, which I had to download the demo first before I could download the actual game, which makes no sense but anyway. Tell yourself anything to make yourself sleep at night. Obviously u enjoy it so good for you but I want more from my online service other than the bare minimum
i have always found the 4 dollars a month for xbl arguement to be rather amusing because its not really 4 dollars a month. its 50 dollars a year that you pay instantly. thats almost the price of a game! why on earth would i want to pay for the right to play my very own games that i purchased for 60+ dollars? final answer..... no sony shouldnt enact a fee for PSN and XBL should be free.
they made it free. the backlash that would occur would be bad for sony. you know sony wants to, but they can't. maybe for the ps4/ps5 and give some extra stuff that they would use to "justify" the price. i doubt they would charge as much as xbl, at leats just to distinguish themselves as the cheaper option.
I disagreed with you and I just wanted to explain why... You said "you know sony wants to, but they can't." Actually, I don't know that Sony wants to. Would they like the extra revenue? Sure... and maybe that's exactly what you were getting at. But if they can get that revenue from other sources or if they feel like by offering free online play that it'll help build customer loyalty and/or build their brand image, then I'm sure they are fine with that. So, I guess I half way disagree with you. What company wouldn't like the extra revenue? BUT, I think they are willing to see it as a trade off for the goodwill of gamers. Just my opinion...
long answer: nooooooooooo short answer: no alternative answer: how does this get approved
Thats the reason why I got the PS3, because the online was free and Ispent my 2 years of no Xbox live on alot of games on PSN...
That's the main problem with this article! People would have chosen the PS3 over the 360 due to free online gaming, to charge for online gaming suddenly is comparable to if sony suddenly updated the firmware meaning you needed the official sony bluetooth remote to watch DVDs or Blu Ray films. You cannot sell a product with a set of features, like free online gaming. and then 2 years later say oh we changed our mind. It would be interesting to know what Sony T&C say about this, I wouldn't be surprised if they left it open as an option in the T&C. In my opinion the best they could do if they wanted to start charging is say people who buy a PS3 after this date will have to pay subscription fees to play online, of course in this theory the PS3 would be discounted? But I don't believe they'll do this either.
every year, No
that's the edge they have on Microsoft, would be dumb to start charging, and it won't happen =)
I will stop playing it online altogether. I pay for XBL because its what I use most. The only games I buy on my PS3 are exclusives, and maybe Arkham Asylum. This is because most of my friends play XBL and because I feel the Xbox controller is better suited for shooters. I go to PSN when I get bored of my typical XBL game. Right now Im putting in some online time into Killzone 2 and Fat Princess. They are both fun games, but at the same time I dont know if I would be playing them if I had to pay for PSN. With home I dont think they need to. They could just got the micro-transaction route to avoid charging everyone, but in the same time frame piss less users off and make just as much or if not more money. After all they are a buisness they they control the future of PSN, so who knows.
Here's a better title for the story.... Should idiot games "journalists" stop coming up with stupid sh!t?
And No Not going to happen!
This question again??? You would think with GamesCom going on, the media would have actual NEWS to report... o_O
LOL!!!! authors train of thought... "i'm an idiot and I want to write an article, but I have no factual information of any sorts, I know! I'll pull one out of my ass, and publish it on the net"
does this guy really believe what is offered on LIVE beyond what is on PSN or PCs is a premium service, and worth the admission price. I don't think so, but I don't care what other people do with their own money. I guess the author probably wants to pay to play on PCs as well, because apparently that will make the experience of playing on line better.
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I don't understand this. It is microsoft that is doing something out of the ordinary by charging for it. Sony is not doing anything unusual by making it free, its perfectly normal. I don't care what you get with xbox live, the fact is - there should be at least a package to allow you to play online games free of charge, 100% unrestricted.
Why is this even on N4G 2day??
What a stupid article.
Nah, they shouldn't sink all the way down to Microsoft's level.
PSN is profitable now. No reason to charge it. The news is just author's speculations.
in the words of TI: why you wanna go and do that that?
If they did even more people will compare it to xbox live and hold it to a higher standard. people will ask why am i paying a subscription fee if i dont get things like: a universal friends list netflix facebook twitter lastfm radio regular updates games on demand a primetime channel a video store with 20,000 plus movies and tv shows? if sony charges for their service it will make it look more inadequate. How ever if they keep it at where it is and keep on improving it it will only put pressure on MSFT to make their service free.
This is big reason i stopped paying for xbl. Not because I dislike the system but mainly because I dont see the reason why I have to pay just to play online. Those added features mean nuttin to me. I mean why not just charge ppl who want those features but let those who are silver owners have free online play but none of the features like facebook & netflix. Wouldnt that be better? I think so & is a BIG REASON I love PSN because I pay nada. Only for dlc. That is money im willing to pay to thank devs for their awesome games i enjoy.
Xbox Live does not let you play ranked games unless you are a gold member. And thats were are the players play usually to rank up in games like COD4. Live has lag issues too. So, Microsoft needs to drop the fee to play. If PSN followed, then that would discourage a lot of people from going online in the first place. NOT buying DLC. PSN has home which is a marketers dream...they already made millions from DLC and it is growing faster now. Access free.
Sony stated that PSN is free and has it beaten into the heads of customers if they start charging it will piss everyone off. The only thing Sony would charge for is for game addons and movies. I think microsoft should stop charging for Live.
The hell kind of article is this. Thought sony made it clear they wont ever charge for these kinds of things. Free online is one of the reasons why I love Playstation in the first place.
Yes, only cheap bastards would say "no". Come to think of it, so many of you buy 10+ games a year, what's an extra $50? They should charge $200/yr. Maybe that'll filter out some of the ghetto ass people and kids on there talking sh!t.
Its completely pointless.
Different spellings for common words is lame
Xbox live should def be free with all the rrod problems. Your paying for live then have your 360 break only to send it in for 3 weeks and while your 360 is being fixed your still being charged for live. PS3 FTW!