Some reports drifting in that the people are no longer getting charged extra to upgrade to a higher PS tier if they have a discounted sub. Hopefully people that upgraded already can get the extra money they paid back.
No PS+ for me. Not interested in the fluff that comes with it and not paying for online play. Sony had it right with the ps3, basic online play free, all the extras if you want them locked behind a fee. Don't see why I should pay Sony, to play on servers hosted by other companies or worse, p2p. Then when it's f2p, suddenly it's ok, I can play without playing. Single player games only for me on console, until the fee is dropped.
A lot of the infrastructure is provided by Sony in the first place though, running the backend PSN services isn't free to them and the overall experience is markedly superior to when it was free.
Same backend that I can access as free player, just with online play gated. Same backend that I can access on f2p games. If I pay for a game, I then have to pay Sony on top of that to access online. If it's f2p, I'm using the same resources, but suddenly now it's ok, I can play online.
So apparently, they need to charge for online play, except when it's f2p, then suddenly they don't
Play Gears 5 on PC using the exact same xbox live infrastructure as console players, but it's free. Switch to Xbox, suddenly paywall.
It might be the same infrastructure but the additional features and services you get with PS+ are funded by the subscription, hence you don't get them. Again, PSN was not the best in the PS3 days and lagged badly behind XBL in terms of features, usability and reliability. It also makes perfect sense to allow F2P games to be played free, it's the whole point of them and the funds raised via microtransactions and season passes will more than make up for it.
Yes, that did surprise me when I ditched the Xbox One S and played Forza Horizon on the PC and it suddenly gave me all the online features I didn't have on the console.
Why on earth would Microsoft give up the guaranteed monthly income!? They are a for profit organisation not a charity...The only additional feature I want is online play, that's it. None of the other fluff matters to me & online play is mostly other peoples servers or p2p for the most part.
Meh, I played online on PS3, it was good enough for me. I'd be happy with that on ps5. Basic online play for free, barebones. No party voice chat, no cloud saves, no fluff, just barebones, I'd take it. Lock the rest behind ps+.
PC users told MS to jog on last time MS tried to charge on pc.
Hope MS eventually goes free, especially with cross buy etc. Buy this game, get it on Xbox & PC, but free on pc for all the same features, but paywalled on console is a really weird position. MS going free would also pressure the others.
Why on earth would Microsoft give up the guaranteed monthly income!? They are a for profit organisation not a charity...
It costs less than a cost of a game for a year I can't imagine it will figure in most peoples reckoning. It certainly wouldn't figure into mine as I only really care about what games I can play.Bash the others over the head with it as a selling point.
I don't think they will, but MS are the only ones in the weird position of Xbox live being crossplatform (minecraft on switch uses it, I think there is an ios game as well) along with pc using it, yet only console players shell out for it, every one else gets the full usage for free. Even weirder with cross buy, buy this game, get pc & xbox version, same account, but only have to shell out when you play on console.
There was also rumours of it going away reported by sites last year, it never happened then, but no smoke without fire.
I don't think it will happen, but if any of the consoles do ditch it, I do think it will be ms first.
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Uncharted 4. Loved it! What a fantastic series from start to end. Just the DLC left to finish.