Posted by jgf (394 posts) 1 year, 1 month ago

Poll: Does the online paywall affect your decision to buy both next gen consoles? (135 votes)

I'll buy both, subscription fee is no big issue to me. 21%
I'll buy both, but use only one at a time for online play. 16%
I planned to buy both, but due to paywall I'll just buy one. 3%
I never planned to buy both anyways. 45%
PC here I come. 17%

Hi Duders,

before knowing more about the details of the upcoming PS4 and X1 I planned to buy both consoles. But as Sony went the way of MS and put multiplayer behind a paywall, I'm not so certain anymore.

So I'm wondering whats your take on this situation?

#1 Posted by ottoman673 (568 posts) -

I've already got an Xbox Live Gold account that'll be good through 2016, I believe. [jumped on one of those 12 month card deals and bought like 4, so I'm good for a bit]

Doesn't bother me at all, plus it seems like Sony's giving away a decent chunk of stuff with Plus.

#2 Posted by probablytuna (3822 posts) -

Already a PS Plus member and I don't play multiplayer games so this doesn't affect me at all.

#3 Posted by Levius (1228 posts) -

I'm only getting a PS4, but the paid online wouldn't put me off getting both. Hell, I'm currently paying for Plus and Xbox live gold, on a xbox which literally can't get online at the moment.

#4 Posted by Deranged (1859 posts) -

I'm already an Xbox Live and PS Plus member.

#5 Posted by vg132 (8 posts) -

Missing an option? I will buy both and not play online. Never play online with my 360 or PS3 today and can't see myself playing online with the new consoles.

/Viktor

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#6 Edited by TopSteer (677 posts) -

None of those poll options fit me, I'm getting both but don't plan on paying for either service. I very rarely play multiplayer and most of the big multiplayer games will come out on the PC so I could just play it there.

#7 Edited by jgf (394 posts) -
@topsteer said:

None of those poll options fit me, I'm getting both but don't plan on paying for either service. I very rarely play multiplayer and most of the big multiplayer games will come out on the PC so I could just play it there.

I though about including another option, but somehow the first option fits your case as well. The subscription fees are no issue for you, because you won't pay them anyway.

#8 Posted by Panelhopper (233 posts) -

I'm only interested in the ps4 but I just won't play online multiplayer, which I hardly ever do to begin with. As long as the store and thorphies remain free I will be just fine

#9 Posted by agentboolen (1844 posts) -

I think Sony getting rid of the free membership definetly prevents me from investing in both if given a good price on the one I don't own. $50 a year can buy a new game, so I'm kinda only looking at owning 1 of them eventually. Which one I buy is still up in the air, I'm not one of these I gotta pre order it now kinda people, these systems gotta prove themselves first.

#10 Edited by bluefish (548 posts) -

I was never planning on buying both at the outset but it had very little to do with the paywall.

#11 Edited by tourgen (4542 posts) -

I'm alright paying for a service if you actually get something valuable for it. I don't think my xbox gold membership was worth the money. In game chat on xbox is pointless. you end up muting everyone. 99% of the people aren't worth talking to.

I'll play multiplayer on the PC this time around. My friends and I have a Mumble server for cross-game chat. We also have a few co-lo boxes between all of us we can use for whatever. It all probably adds up to less than everyone having Gold or PS+.

I might still stick with PS+ for the games.

#12 Edited by Seppli (10250 posts) -

Option B for me. Mainstay PS4 - preordered a Day 1 box. Xbox One in a year or two - likely getting it after the first major pricecut.

Not paying for two premium services.

#13 Posted by BenderUnit22 (1545 posts) -

I have PS+ anyway, the game deals are too good to pass up, so I don't really care.

#14 Posted by CaLe (4052 posts) -

Neither seem worth it to me. I don't play multiplayer games and I certainly don't play older games just because they are now free/cheap. If I wanted to play them I would have played them when they came out.

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#15 Edited by MEATBALL (3475 posts) -

I doesn't bother me, I'm already paying for both XBL Gold and PS Plus. Sony have thus far been pretty good about having a special on PS Plus subscriptions every year, too - hopefully that keeps up. I also buy 12 month Gold subscription cards online each year at a good price.

#16 Posted by SomeJerk (3389 posts) -

PS+ is not a paywall. PS+ is a $5 a month club of "WHY DID I NOT JOIN UP EARLIER GODFUCKINGDAMN LOOK AT ALL THIS SHIT, WHERE MY 5TB DRIVES AT" that's going to continue making backlog-OCD suffering peoples lives hell.

(and no, I'll be getting an Xbone for offline gaming if I see a game worth my time come)

#17 Edited by ShadowSkill11 (1783 posts) -

I'm an adult with a real job. XBox Live and PS+ yearly payments don't mean anything to me. I pay for them both today anyways. I'm annoyed XBox Live is still covered in ads but PS+ is a great deal with all the freeish stuff you get.

#18 Posted by spraynardtatum (3683 posts) -

I'm only getting a PS4, but the paid online wouldn't put me off getting both. Hell, I'm currently paying for Plus and Xbox live gold, on a xbox which literally can't get online at the moment.

Why can't you get online with your xbox? I couldn't get online twice this year because:

1st time: I couldn't log into my microsoft account and there was no way for me to reset my password because of their bizarre security (security is good but customer service isn't allowed to help with anything). I couldn't get help for a month.

2nd time: My account was written over by another account that didn't have gold access. Basically both accounts were attached to my email somehow and the anonymous one usurped the one with gold. It took another month to fix.

#19 Edited by joshwent (2352 posts) -

Greedy Fucking Bastards. Making us pay to use their service. Don't they know on the internet, everything is free?

#21 Posted by Verendus (348 posts) -

I have no plans of getting X1 anyway. Paywall has nothing to do with it.

#22 Edited by Nodima (1292 posts) -

I'm one of those Playstation boys that has a Plus account for the amazing discounts and Instant Game Collection, so the fact that it now includes online multiplayer doesn't really affect me. As best I can tell that's just a smart way to give more people amazing deals on digital products, at least if my assumption Playstation Plus will remain the best deal in video games on Playstation 4.

#23 Posted by Levius (1228 posts) -

@spraynardtatum: I have a original design Xbox and I lost the wireless internet thing while moving houses. I couldn't be bothered to buy a new one as I have mostly moved on to PS3 as it has a much larger hard drive than the Xbox, and I think the Xbox is on the verge of breaking down anyway. Yes, I realise I am being really lazy about this.

#24 Posted by Cameron (607 posts) -

I already pay for PS+ because of the IGC and other discounts, so that makes me lean toward the PS4. Xbox Live is a joke in comparison. Some of the IGC games are oldish, but the free Xbox Live games have been ancient. Seriously, Halo 3, when there are two more recent entries in the series? I also don't play online much, so the other features of Xbox Live don't benefit me much.

#25 Posted by spraynardtatum (3683 posts) -

@spraynardtatum: I have a original design Xbox and I lost the wireless internet thing while moving houses. I couldn't be bothered to buy a new one as I have mostly moved on to PS3 as it has a much larger hard drive than the Xbox, and I think the Xbox is on the verge of breaking down anyway. Yes, I realise I am being really lazy about this.

Hey man, do what you do.

#26 Posted by Huey2k2 (492 posts) -

Why isn't there an option for... "The pay wall has no effect on whether I do or do not buy any consoles this generation."?

Because that would be my choice.

#27 Edited by MildMolasses (3229 posts) -

@cameron said:

I already pay for PS+ because of the IGC and other discounts, so that makes me lean toward the PS4. Xbox Live is a joke in comparison. Some of the IGC games are oldish, but the free Xbox Live games have been ancient. Seriously, Halo 3, when there are two more recent entries in the series? I also don't play online much, so the other features of Xbox Live don't benefit me much.

4. They could have given ODST or Reach, which are 4 and 3 years old respectively. Obviously giving Halo 4 is out of the question, and I don't know how excited I would be about the CE remake, but I probably would have taken it

#28 Posted by Patman99 (1620 posts) -

I'll probably end up with both eventually but I'll only pay for the online depending on which console the majority of my friends own.

#29 Edited by crusader8463 (14428 posts) -

It's going to take A LOT of good single player exclusives to make me buy one now. I'm a PC guy and only ever played console games when there was the odd game that did not come out for PC. I might play 2-3 console games a year; if that. I have gone years where my consoles never get turned on. I'm not going to pay a monthly fee to play those games online when I might go 6 months in between playing them. Nor do I want to pay an extra $10-$15 on the already overpriced console games to play the game I just spent $70+ online for a month. Especially when I can get the same game on PC with no fees and it's cheaper by $10-$20.

#30 Posted by Nekroskop (2786 posts) -

Since I actually have a job PSN+ isn't a problem. At least they don't put Netflix and such behind a paywall.

#31 Edited by white_sox (212 posts) -

Not really. I've been an XBL Gold member for over 5 years now and I'm fine paying the yearly subscription considering how often I use it. I also recently subscribed to PSN+, which I'm already impressed by.

In the future I may consider getting rid of one of them, but it wouldn't sway my decision to buy either console.

#32 Posted by ArtisanBreads (3986 posts) -

I don't care about a "paywall" (never cared for that term). Obviously it takes away a positive for Sony (but now they need to rise to Microsofts level of online service).

#33 Posted by Aetheldod (3723 posts) -

No .... not getting a Xbone regardless of paywalls or not. PS4 and PC for me , and dont care much for multipleyer so still not a worry for me when I get tthe PS4

#34 Posted by mikey87144 (1806 posts) -

My PS+ subscription is good until 2015 so doesn't matter for me right now.

#35 Edited by jgf (394 posts) -

So it's a no issue to most. Interesting to see, I would have guessed otherwise.

#36 Posted by personandstuff (110 posts) -

@uksamwise: Yeah, app usage being behind the paywall is super bullshit. I shouldn't have to pay microsoft to access netflix's servers. Still, if you buy either a PS4 or XB1, it's probably worth it to purchase their subscription.

#37 Posted by masterpaperlink (1873 posts) -

As a student with no job its a problem, sticking to pc games for the foreseeable future.

i'm not going to pay for xbox live AND psn so ill just buy a ps4 when the time comes.

I would imagine anyone with a steady income gives no craps

#38 Edited by FunkasaurasRex (847 posts) -

I already subscribe to PS Plus, but I was planning to wait it out anyways. I might jump in once I accrue enough free PS4 shit.

I'm not yet convinced that Xbox Live will offer me enough as a consumer to justify paying for another online service.

#39 Edited by Ezekiel (545 posts) -

I wasn't going to buy an Xbox anyway. As for the PS4, when I had a PS3 I didn't play online often enough that it would have been worth paying for, but I did have some pretty fun times. It's a bummer. I'll buy one even later now, if I buy one at all. I seldom play multiplayer games on PC (Dark Souls only half counts.), so I won't be paying for PS Plus.

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#40 Posted by hermes (1606 posts) -

@huey2k2 said:

Why isn't there an option for... "The pay wall has no effect on whether I do or do not buy any consoles this generation."?

Because that would be my choice.

Mine too. I plan to get one of them this generation, and the extra cost of multiplayer is not the reason I forced myself to stick to a single one.

#41 Posted by kerse (2118 posts) -

I'll probably only play with the subscription while playing Dark Souls 2, other than that I don't really play any multiplayer games.