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PlayStation Just Screwed Up Big Time

Sony just blew a lot of goodwill. How, you ask? Well then, clearly you haven't heard the bad news over which PS3, PS4 and Vita owners are lamenting and Microsoft and Nintendo fans are gloating. The PlayStation Now Beta is now a paid program, and the prices aren't cheap. To give a general idea, the basic price for a PS3 title that was originally sold at retail can range from $2.99-4.99 per 4 hours, $5.99-$7.99 for a week, and $14.99-$29.99 to have it for 90 days. Even PlayStation Store exclusives, like Crazy Taxi, follow the same pricing model as the low-end retail games.

To give you an idea of how ridiculous this is, let's look at Saints Row: The Third. It's a game that's been free before via PlayStation Plus and can be purchased for $19.99 new from a number of sources. It also happens to be one of the PlayStation Now games that's $29.99 for a three months. An especially thrifty person could probably get two games for the price of select 90 day PlayStation Plus. Judging by the official FAQ, these prices could remain in effect after the beta has ended.

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3 years, 4 months ago
Captain Geez
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Not to mention, charging for people to PlayStation Now beta games is going to damage the relationship with customers. Let me put it this way: people don't want to pay to be guinea pigs.

It took a lot of audacity on Sony's part to expect people to already pay to stream various games, knowing that there's a good chance they'll experience all kinds of bugs, hiccups and delays.

3 years, 4 months ago
Lalit
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Keep calm and Play \m/

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3 years, 4 months ago
geekazoid
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We know PlayStation Now isn't some kind of magical gift from above. It's a new part of Sony's business plan, and of course they're going to charge for the games and offer subscription plans.

It just isn't right or fair to be asking for money at this point in the service's lifespan. Sony's not only hurting the people who are paying their salaries, but this move will do a disservice to the program as well.

3 years, 4 months ago
Sid
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While I do agree that making user pay during a beta is just plain stupid, saying they screwed up big time this early is a bit of quick judgment I'd say. The PS Now Beta is well, a beta and as such it will be a learning curve for Sony and hopefully they'll understand their error before they put this in full affect.

3 years, 4 months ago
Abhijeet
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Wow, and here people were hoping they had learnt from the PS3's and Xbox One's launch. This is a bad start. While we all know Sony's struggling to make ends meet, but still, you will not exactly gain customers by doing stuff like this. I mean the PS4's USP was that its a PS3 with better graphics, and it doesn't screw you as hard as Xbox One. Now one of those is gone, when you compare this to the Xbox Live Games on Gold, and MS's back-peddling over Kinect and DRM.

3 years, 3 months ago
Ayush Mishra
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