Aslanna wrote: ↑
January 23, 2021, 12:02 pm
I wouldn't call it "listening to your customers" as it's more like stopping a PR fiasco. Every media site I saw reported this story as bad. Nobody said it was a good thing. Doubling the price yet still offering the same bare-bones service was terrible no matter how you looked at it.
Free to play games on PlayStation never required PS+ to play them online. So good job finally getting with the times.
Depending on how deep you want to analyze things, it may have been a strategy designed to cause Sony issues if they had plans to raise their PS+ annual fees. (you're welcome!) The goal still being ultimately to get people over to XBox Game Pass.
"One does not simply double a subscription fee" I'm sure there was more behind it.
As with everything else, movies, tv shows, music, things are moving toward subscription models. Ultimately, I'm sure most people would like to be able to buy a box (pc/console) and be able to use it to subscribe to whatever they choose (just like movies, music, etc already have in place). You could still buy the controller of your choice (if you like your thumbs jammed close together etc).
The excitement for new consoles isn't there anymore. They are just pieces of hardware that play games a little faster or higher resolution but mostly weaker than PCs almost right at their release. As with digital downloads in the past, Microsoft is ahead of the game and already offers it's games on both PC and Xbox while Sony is still trying to sell consoles and make their games Playstation only.
For the consumer, the subscription model is great. You pay the same price as a game or two and can play everything all year. Or, even better, if you're a casual gamer, you don't even pay that as you can pay for a month or two whenever a game is released that you like then cancel your sub which is very easy to do on Game Pass. So you save money from buying a console by using your PC and save money on games by subbing/unsubbing for games you want to play, but even with a constant subscription it's a good deal.