GameFly responds to PlayStation Now rental service

Company says service is "too new for us to understand potential impacts."

Leading by-mail game rental service GameFly has responded to the PlayStation Now streaming service Sony announced today, through which users will be able to rent various back-catalog PlayStation titles.

"The PlayStation Now service is too new for us to understand potential impacts and therefore we have no comment," a representative for the company told GameSpot today.

PlayStation Now would conceivably hurt GameFly's business if enough users decide to stream back-catalog titles like The Last of Us or Beyond: Two Souls instead of renting from GameFly.

GameFly is not a rental-only company, as the outfit also operates a digital PC marketplace through which it sells a variety of newly released games.

Immediately after PlayStation Now's announcement today, GameStop shares plummeted, as investors likely saw the news as potentially detrimental to the company's business. Importantly, however, it's still very early days. Whatever effect PlayStation Now has on the industry at large, including established companies like GameFly and GameStop, remains to be seen.

PlayStation Now runs on technology from Gaikai, the streaming service provider Sony purchased in 2012 for $380 million. A beta for the service will launch at the end of the month before a public rollout in the US this summer. You'll be able to rent games on a title-by-title basis or as part of a wider subscription package.

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Eddie Makuch

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184 comments
TitanPolaris
TitanPolaris

Sorry, Sony even though I have a PS4 I will still use gamefly because my internet connection is very bad to say the least in the small town where I live! Plus I like having a physical media aka a disc to put in and play (yeah call me old school) from that instead of having to do the Peer-to-Peer Streaming service that is PS Now as of right now. The server and internet connection and speeds are far too inconsistent and unreliable as of now if you don't live on the east coast or California. Maybe in the next decade they will be but not as of this moment, just look at Operation Sports website articles about NBA 2K14's server issues and you (could see) this new service blowing up in Sony's face much like EA's SimCity game servers did with overflow of web traffic and servers going down as a result even though that was for DRM checks.

Vodoo
Vodoo

This article is TOTAL bullshit!!! The editor called Gamefly, they responded by saying: "We have no comment, the service is too new." Then he proceeded to write an article about how "Gamefly Responds To PS Now Rental Service."


Gamefly didn't respond to the PS Now service because... wait for it... IT'S TOO NEW! In fact, I doubt he even contacted Gamefly at all.


I'm really getting tired and annoyed by Gamespot, specifically Eddie Makuch, luring readers into content-less news stories with grandiose titles that suggest the aforementioned news article is enclosed. But instead readers are guided along a pre-scripted path of smoke and mirrors that, in the end, amounts to nothing more than a "no comment" and regurgitated facts of months past. 


Gamespot should be embarrassed and ashamed that they continue to employ this type of baseless, factless writing that runs rampant on their site. Eddie Makuch has proven nothing more than that he has a grade school writing technique with a shallow grasp on the English language. 


Gamespot used to be a respectable site, often providing readers with unique & original news of the industry. Barely a shell of what they once were, now Gamespot is nothing more than a virtual scrapbook of news pulled from other sites around the internet. 


This comment will be posted in every article Eddie Makuch writes, from now on, that baits users with FALSE titles or BASELESS news, in the hopes that someone important enough at Gamespot will stomp on these cockroaches and make the site worth reading again.

1blackone
1blackone

BTW Im realizing that alotta people in the Comments had a nightmare with Gamelfy.  

The two biggest issues: Slowness of shipping and availability of games.


They choose who gets a game based on two main factors and a smaller third. 

1. Seniority of subscription: the longer you've been with the service the better. 

2. Availability of games in your top 5 of your Q: its easy to game the system and put the game you WANT at 1 or 2 then the other ones in the list as unreleased titles.

3. Proximity. 

That said, I guess being a day one user from California where their biggest warehouse is making shipping and rec a day and a half, makes my experience with GF worlds different than say a brand new guy in Chicago. 

BUT I'll still say you should definitely give GF a try. After short period when you're "at the bottom of the totem pole" You are effectively playing any game you want, as long as you want, the day after it comes out, for 90% off.

zephyrx50
zephyrx50

If it works properly, PlayStation Now could potentially put Gamefly out of business.  I had Gamefly in the past and the service is slow and most of the time they are out of games that are any good.

cboye18
cboye18

Well I can see gaming in the next 7 years; subs fee here, subs fee there.... Not worth it IMO. 

the2ndvalentine
the2ndvalentine

"GameFly responds to PlayStation Now rental service" ......"The PlayStation Now service is too new for us to understand potential impacts and therefore we have no comment," ....So they actually have no response then....

billlabowski
billlabowski

"GAMESTOP STOCKS PLUMMETED!!!!!" omg shoot me. It dropped 9 points. Every time Sony or Microsoft do something they lose -10 points. Stop making it out to be the next stock market crash.

OutComeTheWolfs
OutComeTheWolfs

Wow this looked just like a real article! With words and everything! I was almost tricked into thinking that information had been provided!

deathblow3
deathblow3

wow this is stupid renting form playstation now will hurt game fly. how you cant get a ps4 playable version of last of us it only works on the ps3. this service is to play or rent older titles on the ps 4 and ps vita something game fly, and game stop already cant do i cant go get any ps3 game to play on my ps4

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

i don't see this as a problem for gamestop. just like the PS3 being backwards compatible wasn't an issue for Gamespot. 


especially if they can make it so if you have an older game you can put the disc in and "unlock it" using Playstation Now. 


we just don't have any information yet

Talis12
Talis12

GAMEFLY RESPONDS!!!!! "We have no comment" 


Really Gamespot... realllyyyyyy? This is bad, even for you Eddie..

Bread_or_Decide
Bread_or_Decide

I was not a fan of gamefly. The newest games are never available because others have them. So you're forced to play old games you probably didn't want to play. Shipping took so long compared to Netflix two day turnaround. Not worth it. I'd rather buy a game, play it, own it, and not worry. 

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

Yes - they 'responded' by saying they have no comment.

Journalism at its finest.  -_-

Talavaj
Talavaj

Lol, the moment I realized this article is about somebody not making a comment I realized it was by Eddie.

xxmavr1kxx
xxmavr1kxx

PSNow sounds like a good service, but I wonder how fast your internet needs to be. How much bandwidth does streaming full games need?

Hurvl
Hurvl

"Gamefly responds: we have no comment" Well, that's a fine way of responding - by not saying anything.

Techtroll
Techtroll

What a waste of a cloud service im good on those old games

Jrr6415sun
Jrr6415sun

so you made a whole news story saying their comment was "we have no comment" ?? brilliant, that's why this site #1

TJSpyke
TJSpyke

The fact that it's cloud based means it's worthless. Where are the Sony fanboy's complaining when Xbox One was gonna require online? This is the same thing

Auriken
Auriken

Let me get this straight, you make a news post to address a comment that Gamefly DIDN'T make? O.o

Altazen
Altazen

Title: GameFly responds to PlayStation Now rental service

 "The PlayStation Now service is too new for us to understand potential impacts and therefore we have no comment,"

LMAO

schosmosis
schosmosis

First the "2 in 2million xbox..." article and now an article where a company "responds" with "No comment."  How the fuck does Eddie Makuch have a fucking job here?  You might as well have not posted an article at all!  Shit at least change the headline to something relevant to what the rest of the article was about.  My God - how about some quality control there Gamespot.

joedin2056
joedin2056

wait is psnow only doing rentals and not buying? if so that kinda sucks

kidblast_music
kidblast_music

@zephyrx50  you do know its for old games only right, and only games by sony so dont expecting no major third partys on there! and anyway it has awful lag & latency with only 5 to 10 people in 1 room using it in the world, im shocked to think what is going to happen when millions of people stress them 9000 servers this is going to be fun to laugh at hahahahahaha, 80mill ps3s, 4mill ps4s, 10 vitas, and millions of tvs and phones.... they may aswell just call it a day now if it performs like that with only 5 people on the service!http://a.pomf.se/mgqpke.gif

1blackone
1blackone

@zephyrx50 

It WOULD be A nail but not THE nail, as MS and Nintendo would also need to have a similar feature for their consoles in order to muscle GameFly outta business. Another thing to consider is that and "official renter" will in no way be able to --nor want to--compete with pricing of an established franchise.

As a Gamefly user, I spent a total of 500 dollars over the last 3 years and played a whopping 89 AAA titles PLUS to completion (i didnt believe it myself until i counted them in the rental history)

89 times 60 avg is about 5400 BUCKS! Therefore, with gamefly its effectively renting a game for an unlimited time for about 6 dollars or 10% of the full MSRP. Absolutely no way Sony is going to want to stoop down to such paltry prices, and no way they'll shut Gamefly out and risk bad press like MS dealt with.

dysonlu
dysonlu

@the2ndvalentine 

But we have an article about it.  ;-)

That's the whole point Gamespot wanted to make.

monkeypukefight
monkeypukefight

@deathblow3 with playstation now you CAN play ps3 games on your ps4. ( and ps2 AND psone titles for that matter)... read up on something before you comment please.


coinsage46m3
coinsage46m3

@Jdzspace You don't see one problem for, and I'm assuming you mean, Gamestop? Of course the PS3 being BC wasn't an issue for GS because people could still roll into their store and buy used PS2/PSone discs to play on their PS3.  So if you think about it, backward compatibility actually would help GS.  PSNow will hurt GS simply because the games you have to go into their store to buy will soon be available to stream, cutting GS out. As for your second sentence, That's not the way it's going to work.  Despite you having the physical disc, you're going to have to pay to play such titles using PSNow. 

xxmavr1kxx
xxmavr1kxx

@Hurvl  and that comment got an article on here, and Gmaespot titled the article


GameFly responds to PlayStation Now rental service

nedrith
nedrith

@Jrr6415sunI was about to comment about this myself.  Seriously I don't mind some of the useless gaming news that Gamespot releases but this is going beyond useless.  I would think upon reading the title that Gamefly had something important to say about a service that could potentially cost them a decent amount of customers.  Instead I go to the page and find that their comment is that they don't have anything to say about it........Really?

Jrr6415sun
Jrr6415sun

@TJSpyke umm because this is an OPTIONAL service correct? I'm pretty sure Xbox one was a REQUIREMENT

dysonlu
dysonlu

@joedin2056 

You can buy on PSN.


PS Now is a streaming service.  You don't download entire games.  No buying because it would be a lawsuit in the making if a bought game was no longer available for streaming for such or such reason.

xxmavr1kxx
xxmavr1kxx

@joedin2056 Your just streaming the content, I dont think your downloading it. I could be wrong.

deathblow3
deathblow3

@monkeypukefight @deathblow3 i know my typing is bad so i will give you a pass this time. i never said you could play anything with ps now. i said there is no way to get a ps3 game from game fly that will work on a ps4 or vita which is what ps now is for. i have read no where that ps now will be on the ps3.

deathblow3
deathblow3

@coinsage46m3 @Jdzspace well not really beacuse ps now is for older system games to be played on the ps4 and vita. you cant play these disc in either one of these systems currently and for the vita you never can play these discs (physically).there are no plans to make the system backwards compatible to play last gen games. so this only hurts the consumer who now has to pay for titles he owns again to play them on his ps4 or he has to keep his ps3 and ps2 if he has a newer ps3.

camverge
camverge

You're an idiot. Period.

TJSpyke
TJSpyke

@monkeypukefight Nope, I didn't lose. Now go back to your mommys basement and leave the discussion to us adults, or i'll bitch slap you

TJSpyke
TJSpyke

@Conscrumptured I'm not a Microsoft fanboy, nor did I lose anything. I just got tired of arguing with fanboys

Conscrumptured
Conscrumptured

@Jrr6415sun I enjoy watching Microsoft fanboys lose arguments they themselves started.


And this coming from a PC gamer.

camverge
camverge

How does it make them hypocrites? Like said before it is OPTIONAL, which means if servers go down or your Internet goes down, you can still play your physical copies or even digitally downloaded library. Will it make PS4 owners hypocrites if they play Elder Scrolls online because you have to be online?!?! Maybe they shouldn't play any MMO because that would be hypocritical. You're just looking to complain and your argument hold ZERO merit.

Jrr6415sun
Jrr6415sun

@TJSpyke @Jrr6415sun not really, because they can use their discs and the digital service both, since they are given the option. They are not forced to choose

TJSpyke
TJSpyke

@Jrr6415sun If any of them plan to use the service, they will by hypocrites