I believe PSN+ could be a future sales booster for new games on the PS3. Most of the people who are playing the free games on PSN Plus probably have never played them before and playing those games preps people for their sequels later on. Before Resident Evil 6 came out, Sony gave away Resident Evil 5 away for free for a limited time. I beat it with my rooommate and we had lots of fun so we both pitched in to get Resident Evil 6. Now they have given away Bioshock 2, and I've never played that either, so I am going to buy the first Bioshock tomorrow so I can enjoy both in the same month and Infinite next year. This could really be a sales booster for Sony's retail titles. Without the Playstation Battle Royale Beta, even less people would've purchased the game at launch, but a lot of people got to see how truly fun the game is (That game is going to be a slow seller but it will profit even though not many people know about Plus). Thank goodness for it because the value is great if you haven't played certain games. I believe in January, they might launch one of the Devil May Cry games for free.
oh you forgot Borderlands 1. it came out before Borderlands 2 and if it wasn't for ps+ i probably wouldn't have bought Borderlands 2.
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yea its definitely profitable. I guess its kind of like onlive as in people pay a subscription for a range of free games. except sony only have to pay for a crapload less games than a full streaming service with every game on the market
Onlive sucks. I tried it and hated it.
To me games are not a service. They are products for me to purchase and I don't want o purchase anything temporary. It's more like an extremely limited rental service.
The "free" games on PSN+ are more like rentals. But you don't get to pick them out. Sony picks some games and allows you to download and play them. Who say's I wanted those games? Maybe I want different games. Subscribers are paying for access to these "free" games regardless of if they get any games that interest them.
If PSN+ was more like Netflix, meaning that you pay a monthly fee to access 1 or 2 games a month but have access to the entire catalog of games, I could at least see the value. But as the service is right now, I just don't want to spend money on access to games Sony picks for me and sales on stuff I may not want.
i always thought that's one of the reasons, same with the thq humble bundle right now. not only will they make few millions with it, they have many people now who play darksiders 1, company of heroes and metro. one game got a successor and the others will get one anytime soon (coh2 got a first gameplay trailer one week ago oh what a wonder) and all the games will probably sell better now and let's face it, those games they give away for few bucks would not really sell anymore so it's just good advertisement for the new games. same with many ps+ games so it's not really a loss to give them away for so cheap (most of those games are also super cheap at retail and there you have shipping and other costs included which you don't have as digital game)
P.S. If you wait 2 months you get Bioshock 1 for free if you buy Bioshock Infinite for PS3. :)
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