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Games As Service subscriptions

PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:36 pm
by Achtung Englander
Just signed up to EA Access for PC. Its only £20 for a year and although I can expense it I am mightly impressed, its really cheap given what you can get access (get it).

I might also try out Microsoft Game Pass but I have stopped at PS Now. First its expensive and secondly its streaming. Although Sony should be given credit in thinking big in regards to subscription service, PS Now does feel like the worst option

Re: Games As Service subscriptions

PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:38 pm
by Mantis
I think these services are good for a little while, but like Netflix, eventually you've played all you want that they have available and then it doesn't get updated often enough for you to bother continuing the subscription.

I don't think we really have the infrastructure to support high quality game streaming yet either.

Re: Games As Service subscriptions

PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:42 pm
by Jez
Thing what would put me off this is simply that anything I would want to play I own already. The only way they might get me to do this is to put out some utterly amazing game and make it sub only or something.

Re: Games As Service subscriptions

PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:45 pm
by Sly Boots
Not that I'd encourage them to do it, but I wonder whether Gog would work as a subscription service? Conceivably there's numerous games in their catalogue many people either didn't play when they first came out, or who have physical copies that you need an advanced IT degree to even get working. Pay a few quid a month, and get to play the old classics from yesteryear, without necessarily forking out £5 or thereabouts for a game you might not get more than a couple of hours' play from due to their age.

Re: Games As Service subscriptions

PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:01 pm
by eVoL
I like the PSNow approach best because it's so dip in dip out quickly which is more what I'd want from this kind of service to supplement my collection. It also works really well even though the internet is full of people that haven't used it slagging it off. OnLive impressed me and this is way better. It is a little expensive but there are 4x the games. Really annoyed they dropped Vita support though.

The Xbox way is perhaps better if you just got the console, have no games and played little 360.

Not going to pay for either right enough because I have a backlog so large it's collapsing into a supermassive black hole. I do hope Sony keep Now going though and I especially hope this MS thing drives the price down and gets them to add PS1/2 games as well.

Re: Games As Service subscriptions

PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:23 pm
by Achtung Englander
true to be totally honest I really signed up to EA Access because I can expense it

With PS Now, there are a lot of games but on the PC they can only be played with a PS4 Controller and for 1st person games or even 3rd person I prefer K&M.

Still might get a Xim 4 but they are not half pricey

Re: Games As Service subscriptions

PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:42 pm
by Lee
Sly Boots wrote:Not that I'd encourage them to do it, but I wonder whether Gog would work as a subscription service? Conceivably there's numerous games in their catalogue many people either didn't play when they first came out, or who have physical copies that you need an advanced IT degree to even get working. Pay a few quid a month, and get to play the old classics from yesteryear, without necessarily forking out £5 or thereabouts for a game you might not get more than a couple of hours' play from due to their age.



Hmm I think the £5 for the older games is very easy to swallow myself, even if it's for nostalgia stake of a quick play for a little bit be it a hour or so. I've certainly nearly rebought all my older dos games etc from there even though I still own physical copies of many of them :)

Re: Games As Service subscriptions

PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:56 pm
by Edwin
Not for me. I've mostly stopped buying games to sit in a backlog while I play the same 3-4 games over and over, this would just be a subscription to a backlog for me.

Re: Games As Service subscriptions

PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:18 pm
by Snowy
Not for me - I like to buy shit and be done.