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Veknoid_Outcast said:

On what are you basing that number?

I can only speak for myself, but I haven't bought any PS Vita games because they've all been available on PS+. I'm sure there are many more like me.

I think in some cases, PS+ actually makes consumers LESS attached to the Vita, hurting sales in the short and long term.


PSN+ didn't hurt the PS3! So why would it hurt the Vita? At the end they will get the money from your subscription, even if you got PSN+ for free, theres a lot of people who didn't!.



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Turkish said:
No one knows how many subscribers there are, all we know are percentual increases.

I saw the PS+ subscribers in my friendlist rose dramatically after june 2012, its now around 40 with PS+ out of 95 friends.

Best service of this entire gen.

WRONG!!!!

Best service ever!



How does PS+ work anyway? Do you get around five new free games per month, plus exclusive discounts on some games in the PS store?

If that is the case, you only need to think about how this affects gamers and games. Must have titles won't be negatively impacted by PS+, because these games will still be bought early on. However, everything that falls under the "maybe" category and was planned to be purchased once the price has dropped to around $30 can now be waited for to arrive on PS+ (provided the service offers a good selection of games; if they only put duds on it, it won't really matter). If you previously bought five games per year that fell into this category, you were spending $150; with PS+ you are spending $50 for the same and more. If your gaming time is limited, then PS+ might have an even bigger impact on the money you spend per year.

Aside from the most dedicated PS owners, I can't see anyone whose spending on gaming would go up because of PS+. Rather the opposite is going to be the case.



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Deyon said:
Veknoid_Outcast said:

On what are you basing that number?

I can only speak for myself, but I haven't bought any PS Vita games because they've all been available on PS+. I'm sure there are many more like me.

I think in some cases, PS+ actually makes consumers LESS attached to the Vita, hurting sales in the short and long term.


PSN+ didn't hurt the PS3! So why would it hurt the Vita? At the end they will get the money from your subscription, even if you got PSN+ for free, theres a lot of people who didn't!.

It's very possible it's a profitable system for Sony, but I'm a little skeptical. I think it's a dangerous game giving software away for free when software sales are so low.

I'm glad Sony is doing it -- it's a great service for the fans -- but I think it might hurt overall software sales for Vita, thus discouraging developers from making more games.

I'm sure there are a lot of people who buy games on PS+ they wouldn't have normally because of the price drops, but I'm equally sure there are many who are using the service to save lots of money that would normally go to full game purchases.

Someone should do some research and find out if it's profitable, and whether it's helping or hurting Vita software sales.



Veknoid_Outcast said:

It's very possible it's a profitable system for Sony, but I'm a little skeptical. I think it's a dangerous game giving software away for free when software sales are so low.

I'm glad Sony is doing it -- it's a great service for the fans -- but I think it might hurt overall software sales for Vita, thus discouraging developers from making more games.

I'm sure there are a lot of people who buy games on PS+ they wouldn't have normally because of the price drops, but I'm equally sure there are many who are using the service to save lots of money that would normally go to full game purchases.

Someone should do some research and find out if it's profitable, and whether it's helping or hurting Vita software sales.

Who said they are giving away games for free? They're making loads of money off of subscriptions!!!!

They don't put up a brand new game, They only put up games that are old or didn't sell a lot or if theirs a sequel coming out and they want to make more people buy the sequel by putting the old one on PSN+ and make money while doing it.



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Yes of course they make a profit. Think of the amount of DLC that is bought for the free games too. Most of the games that are on PS+ have been out for over a year so the sales of hard copies peaked a long time ago. 



Deyon said:
Veknoid_Outcast said:

It's very possible it's a profitable system for Sony, but I'm a little skeptical. I think it's a dangerous game giving software away for free when software sales are so low.

I'm glad Sony is doing it -- it's a great service for the fans -- but I think it might hurt overall software sales for Vita, thus discouraging developers from making more games.

I'm sure there are a lot of people who buy games on PS+ they wouldn't have normally because of the price drops, but I'm equally sure there are many who are using the service to save lots of money that would normally go to full game purchases.

Someone should do some research and find out if it's profitable, and whether it's helping or hurting Vita software sales.

Who said they are giving away games for free? They're making loads of money off of subscriptions!!!!

They don't put up a brand new game, They only put up games that are old or didn't sell a lot or if theirs a sequel coming out and they want to make more people buy the sequel by putting the old one on PSN+ and make money while doing it.

So Sony is charging people for old, unpopular games they wouldn't have bought otherwise?



It's pretty obvious that they're making money off it. Most of the games are games that have mostly stopped selling, and by giving them away with Plus they revitalize the community and DLC sales. You aren't going to stop buying your GoW's and Uncharted's because of Plus and if you were going to buy Sleeping Dogs and games like that in the first place, you wouldn't have waited many, many months (since it was already discounted a long time ago).



Veknoid_Outcast said:

So Sony is charging people for old, unpopular games they wouldn't have bought otherwise?

You call Borderlands, Street Fighter, Red Redemtion, Saint's Row, Resident Evil.......etc, Unpopular? Not everyone knows about every great game that comes out.



Deyon said:
Veknoid_Outcast said:

So Sony is charging people for old, unpopular games they wouldn't have bought otherwise?

You call Borderlands, Street Fighter, Red Redemtion, Saint's Row.......etc, Unpopular? Not everyone knows about every great game that comes out.

Mortal Kombat, LBP2, Sleeping Dogs etc.

The games are not in the top-tier of popularity but they are certainly not unpopular, well most of them anyway.