The lights are on
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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be free please!
Sony knows that "Free online" is a major draw for their console. This being said, they wouldn't jeopardize that by making "Pay to Play" I assume that the Free play would be the base, or "Silver" subscription. Then Plus being the gold, followed by a Platinum subscription of what i'm guessing is unlimited access to titles. However this sounds like its off in the horizon, and not ready for release of Ps4. Worry not ye faithful PSN subscribers.
Saw the PS4 "Meeting" and now have read this, all very exciting stuff coming from Sony regarding Gaikia and gaming. A Netflix styled subscription gaming program would be Amazing!
But then reality slowly sets in. I live in middle of New York the so-called media capital to the world, where less than half of it's population has access to true high speed internet via fiber optics. I can't run a 3 minute youtube video here without issues. At primetime or the weekends when I would want to be playing online competative games the lag is horrendous to the extent I feel like I have DSL.
I originally thought it was a problem with my house connection, so dealt with TIME WARNER CABLE Staff and troubleshot till we realized my house wasnt the problem, then had techs come down and check the local connection, you know what they said? "Uh, yeah, your having problems online cause, uh, alot of people are online", and that was his final answer. WTF!!
So long as a mojority of this country remains in the stonage(and its about 60% that dont even have the faux highspeed I have whether it's due to economics or simply lack of available infrastructure), the gaikaia dream of streamed games remains an absurdity to me.
Reworking the infrastructure of our high speed internet system has been and continues to be one of the issues I use in deciding how I vote in elections, but thus far I have seen NO work whatsoever in rebuilding what is essentially our future.
This next gen stuff is getting out of hand. Video gaming doesn't look like its about "video games" anymore.
I figured they were going to adopt that Microsoft model at some point.
I honestly wouldn't mind paying a small monthly fee to contribute to an online service from Sony. But I fully understand where those who don't are coming from.
Do it. If thePS Plus is any indication of how , then I am in. I will never cancel the PS PLus subscription. Bring it on Sony..
Take my money
Good Idea: Varying levels and customizability of PS+
Bad Idea: Xbox Live Gold
Very interesting considering how great the PS Plus service is.
I'm OK with this..Depending on prices&bandwidth!
Sony and Microsoft need too calm down and think about what matters here-video games. Forget all this digital crap and subscription stuff. There are still many, many households without an internet connection good enough for online gaming and downloading. Some have no internet at all.
pay to play online this is ok if it like an mmo but normal games should be free and pay for extra content as you pay for you internet then you game / games and if the next gen will not have reused game the long term cost will be to higher and higher and the long term play on most games these days is a month at best
As long as we still have free online, i'm happy, PLEASE don't go to the price model because you will lose almost every customer( just as long as you continue to develop awesome games.