Sony announced that they would be discontinuing the PS Now streaming service in order to focus on new titles rather than continuing with a service whose market share has been declining. This could have ripple effects for other companies such as EA or Ubisoft, which use their own subscription services to compete against Sony’s offerings.
Sony has announced that their PlayStation Now service will be discontinued, meaning that users will no longer be able to play PS3 games on the PS4. This is a huge blow for those who were hoping to get around the lack of backwards compatibility in Sony’s new console. Read more in detail here: is ps now worth it.
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One reader isn’t sorry to see the Xbox One end, so the Monday Inbox wonders what the ideal narrative length for titles like Dying Light 2 is.
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It’s never too late. The rumors that Sony is working on a Game Pass competitor seem to be genuine. I suppose it was just a matter of time after they began hinting at it. It goes without saying that it won’t be precisely the same, and there’s no guarantee that all of the first-party titles will be accessible on launch day. Is it, however, conceivable to predict what they’ll do instead?
I like the concept of their treating it like a theater, where you can only view a film there for a few months before it becomes available for streaming. Do something similar with games, where you have to purchase them first and then receive them ‘free’ on PlayStation Game Pass, which would be fantastic. However, it is quite improbable to occur.
What are they doing with PS Now, for example? Are they just going to drop everything and start again with their streaming and backwards compatibility strategies? That would be my estimate, since I believe the PS Now moniker is essentially meaningless and has never been popular. So they can make the Game Pass service more about backwards compatibility, with optional streaming, and then you’ll receive new first-party games a year after launch, rather than months?
It’s impossible to say, but it seems like they’re moving swiftly, and an announcement might be coming soon. I’m interested to see whether they hit it out of the park with this one or if they have to redo it a few times before they get it perfect. Cranston
Two years in a row So, if this year’s Call Of Duty ‘underperforms,’ what happens if Vanguard does the same? What would you do if you had to rethink Call of Duty? It’s a game about playing first-person troops, and I’m not convinced any gimmicks will salvage it. Although I’m sure there’s a plan for an open world version somewhere on an Activision whiteboard (and probably NFTs).
I don’t see it altering anything, however, since the single-player is never more than a bonus, and it’s the multiplayer that’s clearly deterring people. That, and the swindlers. I don’t see abandoning up and focusing on Warzone for a while as an option since that game has received just as much, if not more, criticism, and it’s all in desperate need of modification – particularly Zombies mode.
The fact is, if Call Of Duty fails, Activision as a whole will collapse since they have nothing else. Especially because Blizzard’s stock is now at an all-time low, not to mention the ongoing scandal surrounding its workplace. I suppose the notion is that people would always like playing with toy soldiers, but if I were an investor, I would avoid the firm at this time. Grackle
Exclusive members-only club Joseph wrote a fantastic post over the weekend regarding the absolute status of NFTs. It just reaffirmed what I already knew about them: that they’re a bunch of nonsense, and that everyone involved in the sale, purchase, or any other aspect of NFTs should take a long, hard look at themselves and ask whether the staggering degree of environmental devastation they’re producing is really worth it.
As a result, Ubisoft has been added to my list of publishers I won’t purchase from again (which is a bummer since I loved Rayman Origins and Legends, but it doesn’t appear like we’ll get another one anytime soon, so it’s not a huge deal for me!) . Activision has been a member of our club for the longest time, having joined during the Infinity Ward story and then staying after I heard of Bobby Kotick’s nefarious deeds.
Continue to do a great job, GC and its readers. StellarFlux
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The ideal length That’s amusing to watch all the complaints about Dying Light 2 being too lengthy; I don’t believe I’ve ever seen anything like it. Not for a game that hasn’t been released yet. However, there has been discussion after the event that many games are depending on bloat to fill out their run time, which I strongly oppose.
What concerns me is that this will serve as an excuse for publishers to attempt to make eight hours the new standard for a single-player game, which I strongly oppose (strange to think that was the norm during the Xbox 360 era).
It’s obvious that game duration is a difficult thing to get correctly. You have to strike a balance between value for money and the concept of creating a genuine tale – not simply making up plot twists to keep things moving. The amount of games that are reported to be ‘too lengthy’ has steadily increased in recent years, and I’m interested whether this trend will continue, and if it’s something that publishers are concerned about.
For example, most people spend hundreds of hours playing Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, which I thought was a bit of a one-off at the time, but now it seems regular… Camphor
Advice from the community Regarding Torro’s request for local multiplayer Switch games, I’ve had the good fortune to play a number of wonderful multiplayer games thanks to my membership in a local Nintendo Players UK club, and I’ve even written about them for NPUK.
My initial recommendation is Heave Ho, which is ridiculously entertaining and requires cooperation and collaboration, both of which eventually fail.
Then there’s Death Squared, which is reminiscent of Portal and offers plenty of opportunities to ‘accidentally’ murder your teammates.
Finally, What The Golf? is a two-player game, but I’ve had a lot of fun passing the controllers between pals throughout each round. It’s a really basic game to pick up, but it has a lot of diversity and is hilarious. Boxes of Euclid
The inability to connect I looked at the websites suggested by the reader in regards to using HDMI cables to connect a Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 to a 4K TV (not at the same time! ), but one website does not sell HDMI cables for the Dreamcast and PlayStation 2, the other website is very expensive, and the cheaper options do not have an HDMI cable option. Is there anybody else who can propose some cables?
I saw these cables on the Limited Run Games website in the United States (where I purchase region-free games), and my buddy lives in the United Kingdom and has UK consoles and television. Is there anybody who knows whether they would be any good? The PlayStation 2 cable is out of stock, however the Dreamcast cable is still available.
Could anybody suggest any cables or converters, if that’s the proper term, that work well but aren’t too expensive on Amazon UK? As you can see, I’m fresh to this topic! Thank you in advance for any assistance you may provide. Andrew J. is a member of the Andrew J.
It’s difficult to say no. I love how all of the explanations for NFTs come down to, ‘It’s so simple to earn money that I can’t stop myself, even though it’s bullshit.’ So far, that’s pretty much every publisher and Troy Baker. NFTs have nothing good or valuable to offer. They’re the ultimate issue in need of a solution, but since some lunatics are eager to purchase them anyhow, individuals and businesses can’t help themselves.
Is it fair to blame them? I’m afraid not. I guess I’d do the same if I had access to such easy money, but it’s all so dismal. Especially if you don’t want the environment to be ruined. Focus
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Gone without a trace I feel compelled to defend the Xbox One and the choice to discontinue it as a long-time Xbox fan, but… I’m afraid I can’t. There are some amazing games on the platform, as there are on every console, but the machine and everything around it were such a fiasco from the start that Phil Spencer had to perform miracles to restore Xbox’s image and bring things back to where they are today.
Apart from the games, the Xbox One offers nothing useful, and I only wish Phil had been able to produce a new system as soon as he joined Xbox. Now that the Xbox Series X/S is out, I’m overjoyed at how well it’s worked out and how promising the game lineup seems. This is exactly what I had hoped for the Xbox One to be, and the fact that it wasn’t led to some serious soul searching.
It’s essentially Microsoft’s PlayStation 3 moment, and, like Sony, they’ve taken note of the issues and ensured that the successor doesn’t repeat them. I’m relieved to see it go and for it to become nothing more than a footnote in Xbox history. Bosco
also-rans in your inbox I have a significant collection of Pokémon 1st edition cards from 1999 that are in mint condition; I was wondering if anybody would be interested in them? Anon
GC: Would you be willing to sell them for $3.5 million? We won’t bother asking anybody else to verify their legitimacy, so it should be a speedy transaction.
To Winston’s remark that you’re hoping for Fable this year. I’ve confirmed with a source at Playground Games that it won’t be released this year. Anon
GC: You’re claiming someone told you on the playground?
The topic for this week’s Hot Topic is Reader Rackham proposed the topic for this weekend’s Inbox, asking, “What was the last physical game you purchased and why?”
Although digital game sales have surpassed traditional game sales, do you still purchase physical copies? And, if you do, can you tell me about the final one? If you’ve gone completely digital, what was the last physical game you purchased, and did it influence your decision?
What determines which of the two approaches you’ll use if you’re a hybrid? Are you generally pleased with the rise of digital sales, and what would be your worries if paper copies become obsolete?
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Will PS Now be discontinued?
A: Sony has not announced anything about this, but it is more than likely that PS Now will eventually be discontinued.
Can you keep PS Now games?
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How long do you keep PS Now games?
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