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The thing is, PS Now would have to be a brand new market without overlap for this scenario to work. If it just includes the existing market, which is most likely, then this would in fact dilute the profit margin for Sony as the PS Now subs could easily be at a far cheaper price point. I think EA Access is a good example here: I will most definitely without a doubt subscribe for 1 month to play Titanfall 2. EA Access for 1 month is cheaper than I have seen TF2 go for 2nd hand or ever on sale. Then I will wait for the new SW and do the same.
BUT, if the market actually grows because of it, and physical/ digital sales remain intact, then sure I think there is viability in day 1 releases for Sony games. I just don't think that is the reality. At least not now.
I do feel that the MP portions of games could easily go day 1 on the service. This will make the service more attractive without compromising their cinematic SP experiences too much. Ppl who want UC5 want it because of the campaign mode, the MP mode is just a bonus I feel.
I also don't think those other services are quite similar enough. Cinemas are still getting releases well before they come to streaming platforms, where they enjoy additional revenue. This makes sense from Sony's perspective. Netflix originals are touch and go in terms of quality, and if profit margins are going to suffer for Sony games, their budgets for future games will too. I also don't think that the budget for making an album is equivalent to that of an AAA game. I could be wrong, sure, but I doubt it. I get the comparisons, but I don't see how they quite relate.
Of course, if Sony were to do this, then I think they will have the content (especially legacy) to back it up. But AAA development is ultimately not an east or quick endeavour. Imagine if Sony were banking on the cancelled SM game to release, or UC4 to release sooner (before troubled development, which also affected TLoU2)?
And I do want to say that if 1st party games came day 1 to PSNow, I would be there. I have less desire these days to actually care about whether I own the game or not. I just want to play it and move on to new experiences. So it would suit me , and save me so money.
TO have the MP portion of their games on PSNow to entice users to buy the full game, or then one year later (when most sales were already made anyway and games are severely discounted) put the SP on PSNow could work and add revenue.
What I would like to avoid would be the silly proposition making their games episodes. Like Each of the major IPs from Sony being butchered in 6-12 parts to release along all year so the person would need to keep sub to play each month (of course he could wait until the last month to play all for the price of 1, but that would also have the 1 year price cut and wait that is already present) and with a constant inflow of AAA every month would have one AAA portion of Sony exclusive to keep a stream.
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Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"