GameStop wants to work with Sony to sell PlayStation Now

Retailer says it looks forward to working with Sony to find a way to sell PlayStation Now memberships to customers in-store.

GameStop wants to work with Sony to sell PlayStation Now memberships to customers in-store, a senior public relations director for the Grapevine, Texas company told GameSpot today. Just like GameStop worked with Sony to add PlayStation Plus memberships to in-store shelves, the company hopes to do the same with PlayStation Now.

"GameStop has built a $600MM digital business, with most of the digital games sold through our stores. Similar to how we worked closely with our partner Sony to successfully sell the PlayStation Plus service, we are looking forward to working with them on including the new PlayStation Now service as part of our portfolio of gaming products we offer our customers," a representative for the company said.

Sony has not yet disclosed how it will monetize PlayStation Now, though the streaming service is expected to carry a separate fee from PlayStation Plus.

Immediately after Sony announced PlayStation Now during CES 2014 yesterday, GameStop shares plummeted more than 9 percent, presumably on the assumption that allowing users to rent PlayStation games could negatively impact GameStop's business. Shares rebounded today, but only marginally.

PlayStation Now would also conceivably impact leading by-mail rental company GameFly. However, a company representative told GameSpot yesterday that, "The PlayStation Now service is too new for us to understand potential impacts…"

PlayStation Now is Sony's Gaikai-powered streaming game service that will allow users to rent back-catalog games individually (or through a subscription package) and play them instantly via the cloud. The service launches in full this summer in the United States on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. A beta will be available this month.

Support for PlayStation Vita, Bravia TVs, other Sony devices, as well as non-Sony devices like iPads, iPhones, and other Android devices will come later. Sony has opened a sign-up page for PlayStation Now, but leaving your information there does not guarantee you access to the beta.

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382 comments
EdAl2112
EdAl2112

Gamestop is going the way of Blockbuster so I don't think either MS or Sony or anyone should help in keeping them from dying sooner.

noladem504
noladem504

@EdAl2112

Why? The have the best deals for gamers BY FAR than any other retailer.

hyksiu
hyksiu

I hate gaming stores cause most people who work there are assholes so I don't care if Gamestop dies.

megakick
megakick

Of course GameStop wants their cut $$$, If PlayStation Now is a hit that is less USED GAME sales  $$$ for GameStop.

HartPuncher
HartPuncher

Lot of lost jobs. But who cares, right? I do miss video stores. And i will miss videogame stores! But so long as fatties don't need to leave the house and be stared at by people who can control themselves, the home streaming is here to kill physical retail. It's not better. It's just easier.

Jake518
Jake518

@HartPuncher A lot of horses were left unemployed after automobiles came along. Damn technology.

saoe
saoe

"Everyone wants piece of the pie"

Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

NO, I DO NOT WANT TO PREORDER PLAYSTATION NOW!!!!

wowwow27
wowwow27

gamestop is on its knees, saying:"give me some more".

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Nervous GameStop? You probably should be. I know I am a bit.

I understand why a lot of people may not like GameStop, but this goes beyond just them. If GameStop goes under as a result of Now, how long will it be before all physical copies of games become irrelevant?

ivanov70
ivanov70

Until sony uses the drm scheme ms was pushing gamestop should be okay as all those streamed games are old gen and need to be repurchased no thanks.

Techtroll
Techtroll

Sorry gamestop you thought giving people $20-25 dollars for a game that you turn around and sell for $45-50 was good business thats just greedy and those days are over with for you

Sony doesnt need any middlemen either goodluck with that

pkosior
pkosior

R.I.P gamestop (2016) used my di.k NOW for $25 hahaha

noladem504
noladem504

@Techtroll

How is that greedy? How much do other stores give you? I have been gaming for over 20 years and FINALLY i can get some return off the old games i dont play anymore.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

If Sony really cares about the fans, they'll let GameStop die.

GoddessIsabel
GoddessIsabel

Gamestop: Sony, pleaaase! Please! Don't leave me! No, oh oh! I always say how I don't need you but it turns out I'm about to get {bleeped} over like a {bleep}. Please. Please.... don't leave me.... ='(

Beasthunt
Beasthunt

I guess they do. So do I. Everyone wants a slice of that pie.

noirtenshin
noirtenshin

I don't get it, what's the fuss? Its an option, if you want it, pay for it, if you don't want it don't.

Having a service that provides back-compatibility with previous gen on current gen is a good option for all the people who didn't have the previous generations but heard about great games on them.
Chances of people playing previous gen games for a long time is slim, thus "renting" a game for a weekend or week for 1-5$ (or buying the game digital version for 10$) should be a good option (vs buying a previous gen console and the game physical version). Especially if the number of games you want to experience < 10.

You do not have to worry about the condition or service/fixing the previous gen consoles, disc conditions, cables, even the games will mostly be HD versions (ps1 and ps2) or upscaled to 1080p.
If you do not like that option just skip it.
Am personally glad that someone put a finger into gamestop's "eye" xD
 

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Yeah, I bet they do.  Especially after their stock price took a hit, post announcement.

deathstream
deathstream

Sony wants to do away with ownership of games.  What they are doing goes further than MS did with their original policies.  They manipulated REALLY fucking stupid people into getting mad at MS for a consumer friendly approach to what they wanted to do themselves.  

man_the_king
man_the_king

@deathstream

Not at all - unlike with MS, where it was Microsoft's way or the highway, with the PS4, you STILL have the option of gaming the way you are currently doing (if you have a PS4/PS3).

There were NO options with the XBox One.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

@deathstream "They manipulated REALLY fucking stupid people into getting mad at MS".

Yeah it was amazing the way they managed to do that without saying or doing anything at all.  Sony got some serious telepathic trolling skills there.

It COULDN'T be that people simply didn't like what Microsoft was doing.  That's impossible.

Try harder kid.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@deathstream Yep, they watched social media feedback from the MS presser for E3, and claimed opposites on everything, when in fact it became clear they were thinking the exact same way in almost every case.

noladem504
noladem504

@man_the_king@deathstream  

MS was their way of the highway but then you say  "There were NO options with the XBox One." in past tense which condtradicts your previous statement. LOL


...fanboy much?

19James89
19James89

This is quite an interestingt concept.

Danielkennedy00
Danielkennedy00

Would be interesting to able to replay PSone generation games again on the PS4. but saying that, It'll be a heck lot cheaper for me to buy a new ladder and go into the attic to find my old PSone and PS2 consoles and games and use that. Trophies and achievements for these PSone games on PSN wouldn't win me over.

meatz666
meatz666

It's like seeing a fish dying in the sand... Pathetic.

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

Is there much of a market for Playstation Now? I would think that the people interested in playing games from several generations ago would actually own those systems. I don't know...guess I live too much in the present to care about that crap.

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

@FAIL_TR0LL I actually think there's plenty of people who got rid of their older systems to afford new ones that now see the opportunity to play these old classics once more via Playstation Now. I for one wouldn't mind to stream some old PS games like crash and Spyro on my Vita.

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

@FAIL_TR0LL @Sundberg_man yeah sure thing. I wont be buying anything until I actually know that this whole idea is worth my time. Same reason I'm not buying a next-gen console yet.

OrgeLambart
OrgeLambart

@FAIL_TR0LL some of those older games can be nearly impossible to get unless you shell out huge wads of cash.  Especially some of the RPG's from the past.  FF7 was going for something like 100 bucks before that PS3 copy came around, same with Suikoden.  Fact is people want to play these games without stealing them or having to spend hundreds of dollars buying from ebay or craigslist.


I own most of the older games but don't have a system to play them on anymore because it broke.  Sure I can probably get a system for 25 - 30 bucks, but then you have to deal with it breaking again and being left in the same position.   Not to mention the further out we get from those older generations the harder it'll be to get new systems to replace our older broken ones.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@FAIL_TR0LL  Could look at it another way... this digital push (and others like it) are leading to more expansion for ISPs, making them more valid than ever before.

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

@Sundberg_man I hope there are enough people to make the investment worthwhile. My heart goes out to the ISPs of the world - Sony's about to put you in a rough spot.

Faye_Tallity
Faye_Tallity

Wow....M$ must be JEAL-OUS! LOL & embarrassed & cranky, & feeling defeated....&....annoyed...& oh well, you get the picture lol 

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@Faye_Tallity You realize this is a part of the "digital future" that BOTH companies have been talking about internally, right?

Sony watched MS get blasted after they talked excitedly about it, and kept things low-key, stressing physical ownership.

To use an analogy, they were the good cop, MS was the bad cop.  But get real, NEITHER is looking after our physical ownership interests.

noladem504
noladem504

@Faye_Tallity

You DO know that MS has talked about their "Rio" project doing the same thing right? Sony boughtGaikai to compete in that market. 

..sorry...try again

Henninger
Henninger

I've never been treated like shit in any Gamestop I've ever been to. I have no issues with Gamestop. They're there to make money like every other business out there. Buy low, sell high. Probably the most important aspect of making money (location I believe is number one because you can't make money if the customer can't get to the location). I also don't trade in my games. & when I do, I go to a mom & pop store that sells older games anyways. & also you people should just wait until the used price goes down. If the demand for the game isn't strong then the stores have too much inventory that needs to go so they lower the price. Unless its a new game that I want to play right then & there (& get fucked over with DLC later), I wait till the GOTY edition comes out, the price goes down, or buy it used for a price that I feel is reasonable (no more than $30 depending on the game). I've found a lot of great prices over the years for games.


Now onto the Playstation Now crap. I can't say that I'm surprised by this. Its a great option for those that don't want the physical copies (which is the minority for gamers imo). But I'm old school & will not support this. I only buy digital games that only come out as a digital copy (Bastion for example). Physical copies only for me. I don't like the idea of them saying that I'm leasing the game & they have the power @ any time to say fuck you you can't play this game anymore. When I buy the physical copy, they can't say that. Yes digital downloads save space. But when the servers go down, you just lost your money buying that game. The only good thing I can take from this is that I can stream them to a Vita. Now if I can play a ps4 or ps3 game on the go, thats whats up. But other than that, fuck Playstation Now. 

Patohua1
Patohua1

@Henningerbut theres no physical way for you to play PS1-3 games on a PS4 right now and this would make that possible...

Simulator_Shock
Simulator_Shock

@Henninger Where the fuck do you still find any mom and pop video stores around anywhere? It's not the 90's anymore, "mom and pop" stores are virtually extinct nowadays since Blockbuster Video put em all out of business years and years ago, and then Netflix put Blockbuster out of business.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@Simulator_Shock "There's always a bigger fish." :-P

Henninger
Henninger

@Patohua1 Just hook up your old system & pop in the game. Is it really that hard for someone to do?

Henninger
Henninger

@Simulator_Shock  I actually have 3 stores within a 10 mile radius from my house that are mom & pop shops for gaming. There used to be four but one of them closed down years ago. I only go to Gamestop for current games. I go to those other stores for older games.

OrgeLambart
OrgeLambart

@Henninger people just hate on gamestop because they are too lazy to sell their games on craigslist or ebay, and they think if they scream about gamestop loud and long enough the company will change their course on prices they pay for used games.


That will never happen and the loudest Gamestop haters will continue to lazily trade in their games for pennies on the dollar.