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Back in July 2012, Sony announced that it had acquired streaming-content service Gaikai. Shuhei Yoshida, Sony president of worldwide studios, provided a bit of insight about what that partnership could offer in the future, including the potential of a subscription model.
Yoshida said in an interview with the Guardian that the prevalence of digitally distributed content allows Sony to examine how they get games into players' hands. "So hypothetically we can look at different models – like a cable TV company," he said. "We could have gold, silver or platinum levels of membership, something like that. We can do subscription services when we have more content – especially now that we have the Gaikai technology available. With one subscription you have access to thousands of games – that's our dream.
It sounds a lot like a refined and expanded version of the PlayStation Plus service that's currently available. Considering that PlayStation Plus didn't release until about four years after the PS3's launch, there's plenty of time for Sony to figure out the specifics, if the company even decides to explore this model further.
We also interviewed Yoshida at the PS4 event about PS4 and Vita interoperability, the new camera, and more. Check out that interview here.
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Just as long as there isn't a required fee for playing online. The lack thereof was one of the major reasons I got a PS3, and will be for whether I get a PS4 as well.
I imagine they'll add publisher channels, like premium channels on cable to which customers can subscribe to. ie a player can subscribe to the EA and 2k channels and ignore the Activision and ubisoft, and gain access to whatever content those publishers put up.
I don't share that particular dream then. Not with Sony anyway. It's enough to do it with one console, much less two.
i can understand aspects of the gaikai streaming stuff being subscription even tho i'm against needing a sub.
It sounds as if the subscriptions give you access to a library of games at a monthly cost. Online will most likely still be free.
Similar to Playstation Plus? How? The sole purpose of this subscription would be to allow free access to all old games, PS+ is nothing like that.
I would love to see a subscription service of some sort. But, for the love of God people, read the article before commenting. There is nothing about charging for PSN
if it's like ps plus, i'm all for it...i'm a ps plus member and i love it...BUT, if it's anything like xbox live where i have to 'pay to play online', no f-n way...
With what the PS4 is capable of, this could be a great idea for Sony if done right. As long as online functionality is still free to everyone, you could get a lot of people behind this. Break PS plus into a few tiers starting with the basic tier at maybe 20$ a year and offer the same services it offers now. The next tier could be around 40$ a year and add functions like streaming access to a rotating set of games and movies. The last tier could be the same price PS plus is now and give you unlimited access to that same set, but let you indefinitely access any games/movies that are rotated out.
Well if this is done right...
Sounds good. Comcast has been complete trash lately, and they have the nerve to raise the price $20!
no. just keep plus.
If they did something like Netflix for video games, that would be amazing. It sounds like a good idea that could be a systemseller for me.
Idnt get how are they gonna do this...... I pay a subscription....maybe 50$ a year... I play all ps3 titles online.... So that means less sales for retails and less sales for developers.....???? I dnt get this???....
I'd rather just buy the game like we do on PSplus and maybe pay 20$ a year to be allowed to play that game using Gaikai.... Otherwise i would have to just download the whole file to my HDD....This is the only way i can see this being profitable for everyone.
No... Subscriptions are the devil's work. It's basically making us pay every month for a promise that we'll receive more content. No thank you. I'd rather buy what I want, when I want it.
If Sony wants to run a streaming service where you can play any of their titles for a sub, that's cool. Just, please, let me just buy which games I want off that and be done with it.