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#2 Posted by Sancho_Panzer (814 posts) -

Wow, everything loads super fast now. I can't believe I'm saying this but... I like these changes. WTF.

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#3 Posted by Sancho_Panzer (814 posts) -

For anyone that missed it, GRID 2 is free on STEAM at the moment. I think it's the last day, so hurry up if you want to get it.

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It might not be a straight up system seller, but the kind of enhanced BC we've started seeing this gen provides a nice reward for not leaving an ecosystem.

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#5 Posted by Sancho_Panzer (814 posts) -

@sakaixx said:

Huh, Sony will use Azure solution instead of their own or source to IBM or Oracle or other contractors. Really surprised by this

For streaming, data centre location is everything. Suppose streaming only makes up a tiny fraction of Sony's revenue, is it really worth investing globally to get data centres in every city? As for why Azure in particular, MS is invested in streaming solutions tailored to gaming. Perhaps it's something to do with that.

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@Yams1980 said:

This is collusion. Shows you right there, they just want to live service the crap out of games and will work even with their worst enemies to make it happen.

Monopolize games to be online only, if both companies are doing it, neither can attack the other for doing it.

AAA gaming's days are numbered. All we gonna have in the future is crappy indie games with SNES graphics. On the plus side, you won't have to upgrade your PC ever again when you run 16 bit games.

I see it more as a hedge (probably not the right term, but you know what I mean). No one's sure yet how gamers are going to react to streaming, so why should the console industry, as a whole, double up on infrastructure if it's only going to bomb. You can't really blame them for wanting to explore live services/streaming if there's a demand there. I just can't see either company leaving all the money on the table only to waste resources trying to force streaming on an unreceptive market. PC gaming would boom if that was the only place traditional game installs could exist, and you'd soon see new players coming in to fill the vacuum Xbox and PS had left.

It's at most going to be a secondary service for at least the foreseeable future. Kind of like mobile gaming - an option for some sorts of customer in some circumstances. I mean, I've not heard many people go "Wow! Just tried streaming and it's amazing! Can't wait!" Instead what you generally hear is "It wasn't horrible for some types of game, but it's not the way I'll ever be doing most of my gaming." Too many customers don't care about streaming and only want traditional games for this to be a major threat. That's my take on it anyway.

*Just realised you weren't specifically talking about streaming. Silly me. I suppose the same kind of argument applies to other services, but to a lesser extent. I don't know, I have less of a problem with MMO-type-stuff and what have you, but I'm not sure that's what you mean. At any rate, PC is nice and open, so I always figure competition can elbow out the crappiest practices most easily there.

** Not that anyone's going to read this far, but it bugs me that your scenario isn't impossible. Now if we had an ironclad guarantee of net neutrality, none of this would be a worry, since open competition with streaming and services (i.e. downloadable software from competitors) depends on equality of data, which would be a given if the net neutrality repeal was repealed, if you see what I mean :P

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#7 Edited by Sancho_Panzer (814 posts) -

First one looks coolest IMO.

You're welcome.

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#8 Posted by Sancho_Panzer (814 posts) -

@Macutchi: Means it takes one to know one.

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#9 Posted by Sancho_Panzer (814 posts) -

@Ant_17 said:
@hrt_rulz01 said:

Lol... Sony knows that they're infrastructure is sh*t and will need to team up with a company that knows what they're doing. Smart.

On the other hand.

Now lems can't say PSN sucks since it will work from MS.

System Wars, uh, finds a way.

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#10 Posted by Sancho_Panzer (814 posts) -

@poptart said:

Similar to Apples policy with iTunes I assume, i.e. they cannot be bequeathed, rather everything is sucked back into the digital ether

That's messed up. I don't suppose accounts get deleted according to death registers or anything but it seems intuitively "off" not to allow accounts with purchases to continue to be used by family members.