I don't know why Microsoft bumped up the price of LIVE… i guess they are losing money due to piracy? or just b/c they are a-holes? (probably both)..but you know Sony has PSN+, they will end up bumping the price of PSN+ up, and/or making it where you HAVE to pay for PSN.
i've read talk bout PS4 gonna be "digital downloads" etc… that is going to FAIL and they should know it.. the PSPGo is proof. Not everyone has internet and everyone that has internet doesn't have broadband… I know a few people still on dial up b/c they dont have a choice… yea, i know there is Satellite internet but that is garbage and not useful for online gaming at all.
Sony is gonna get their money either from online purchases, movie rentals, DLC sales.. even if they have to jack up the price… BUT… this requiring higher firmware is BS… FW 3.5 is BS… there are A LOT of people staying on 3.15 as well as a lot of people staying on 3.41… they shouldn't REQUIRE people to update to play a game.
I REALLY hope they make a work-around for higher firmware games… it happens all the time with the PSP and even though it took the PS3 longer, now that its jailbroken, the hardest part is done. Took 3 years and 9 months to jailbreak the PS3 and look, its been 2 months since it happened and look all we have… close to 20 ports to various phones, ipod, Dingoo and even a TI-84+ not to mention numerous clones, requiring these firmware upgrades is total BS.
Its obvious that people are still buying games b/c this info on this game has gotten out. They need to release games as planned…they already have enough problems with bugs, glitches, in games and in new firmwares… they need to stop tryin to stop the jailbreak as well… sure, Jailbreaking will cause some software sales to drop… but look at the PSP… busted wide open with emulators, custom firmwares, etc and they are STILL releasing games on UMD and STILL pushing the PSP SLIM 3000 on the market b/c they know the PSPGo was a mistake and people do not want digital only downloads.
The Wii has been busted wide open as well, Nintendo didn't give up on it either…. You're always gonna have people that buy the games, and you're always gonna have those that are gonna download the games…. in the end, it can cause an increase in game sales… I have downloaded games that I wasn't sure about and ended up buying them. I wasn't gonna pay $8+ to rent it, download it, play it, if you like it, buy it, if you dont, ur gonna delete it or not play it… no sale lost...