Originally Posted by Crash44
Why are the consoles "DOOMED" if they adopt the same style of DRM that PC games have? I like my games on disc and I have close to 30 for my PS3, yet I'm wondering why this rumor is such a problem.
If it does become reality then games on console (disc and DD) will be run just like they are from Steam. Everyone loves Steam, yet Steam locks its games to one user, requires an online activation, requires broadband, and there's no way to sell your games when you're done. Not sure why folks say their gonna jump to PC gaming, when PC gaming already has the exact same system in place.
When I first got back into PC gaming, there was a number of things I really hated about it:
1. Couldn't rent games.
2. Couldn't really buy used games, for the most part
3. Can't sell PC games that I no longer play
4. Can't let friends or family borrow my games to check them out
The thing is, I got over all of that stuff, because of the whole 5 dollar game thing. The ONLY time I ever buy a game for PC, is when it's 5 bucks or less. I simply will not spend more than $5 for a PC game. To me, I don't own the game, so why pay a bunch for it? It's more like a long term rental, or a lease, under certain conditions and restrictions. It's not true ownership, like somebody owns a Call of Duty disk for Xbox 360.
I'm ok with all that, because I feel like 5 bucks is a decent price for a long-term rental, or a lease of a game. I don't mind it. The value proposition is there for me. Still, I can't buy PC games with great regularity. I have to sit back and just keep waiting around for the sales. They do come, but sometimes a month or two goes by without anything I'm interested in dropping down to that magical 5 dollar price. Steam has their deals, Amazon PC downloads has their deals and sometimes GamersGate has their deals. You just gotta be patient. I'm so far behind on my backlog list, that I don't feel the need to run out and buy the latest game, so I'm perfectly happy waiting for those 75 percent off sales.
The truly unfortunate thing about all of this, is the fact that Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are never going to sell their AAA tentpole releases for only 5 bucks. I got Bulletstorm recently for 5 bucks. I got Crysis 2 recently for 5 bucks (after a $5 Amazon coupon I got for buying another PC game). I got Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit for 5 bucks. I got Dead Space 2 and Mass Effect 2 for 5 bucks. Do you honestly think I can go on PSN or Xbox Live Arcade and find the downloadable versions of those games for 5 bucks? Hell no. That ish ain't gonna happen. Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft will never sell the BIG games for that cheap. The cheapest you'll ever see something like that is when Sony had Infamous (the first one), for $9.99. That's about as cheap as things get with a company like Sony. They aren't going to sell games like that for $5.
Why? Two Reasons.
1. They feel like if they price AAA tentpole releases that low, even ones that are a year or more old, it just kinda undermines the whole $59.99 thing. You can make the argument that the game is a year old, or maybe 18 months old or whatever, but I think the general masses would start to consider waiting on games more.
2. They feel like they can get away with charging more, and they don't really think the bottom feeders mean that much to their bottom line. Sure, they could do Steam-like sales, and be able to sell a bunch of games, but in the long run, the customers that really go for that kind of thing, are the same customers that just aren't really contributing that much to the entire Sony ecosystem. They are more like the leeches that Sony has to deal with. They figure it's a part of doing business, to have to deal with the bottom feeders that only buy stuff on extreme discount. If they keep the prices high, yeah they loose out on these bottom feeders, but they maintain that high price for their higher income customers that really drive their profits.