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Sony: What $50 Gets You On The PSN

Thus far in 2009, we've noticed two distinct changes: 1. the sluggish economy has caused some gamers to cut back, and 2. Sony is finally starting to roll out major marketing campaigns for both hardware and software. You all know about the Killzone 2 advertisement blitz, and it appears they're keeping everyone in the loop regarding the PlayStation Network as well.

The fact that the PSN continues to be free is undoubtedly serving Sony well in this recession, and they just wanted to let you know what you could nab on the Store for only $50. Now, you could either go down to the store and spend that much (plus $10 more) on 1 brand new game, or you could purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription, or you could head onto the PSN and download a whole bunch of cool stuff. In the release, Sony provided two quick examples of what $50 in your wallet can get you:

  • PAIN ($9.99)
  • Elefunk ($4.99)
  • Guitar Hero Classic Rock Track ($6.25)
  • LittleBigPlanet Metal Gear Solid - Level Kit ($5.99)
  • Episode of Afro Samurai | Season 1 ($1.99)
  • The Dark Knight Movie ($14.99)
  • Samurai Sword Rack, Diesel Tiamallo Blue Hooded Top, Ligne Roset
  • Alster Chair for PlayStation Home ($4.47)

OR

  • Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix ($14.99)
  • Burnout Paradise (Full Retail Game) ($19.99)
  • The Hoff Character for PAIN ($1.99)
  • LittleBigPlanet Ryu of Street Fighter II ($1.99)
  • Robot Trooper and Basketball Boots for PlayStation Home ($.98)
  • Savage Moon ($9.99)

Obviously, these are merely examples; the point is that you can make $50 go a long way on the PSN. With 8.8 million registered users in North America already, Sony reminds you that "the PlayStation Network supports free and community-centric online gameplay, communications tools, web browsing, commerce and PSP and PS3 connectivity." Yep, the operative word is, of course, "free."

2/11/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (50 posts)

JofaMang
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 10:38:34 AM
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Bang for the Buck, not nickel and dimes.

I have spent more than 50 on the PSN in the past 2 years, so they are preaching to the choir in my case, but it is a nice comparison to what 50 bucks gets you on the competitors network... after spending to get access to it, of course.

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Frenchy17
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 10:42:23 AM
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Wipeout HD is a complete steal at $20!

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Aftab
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 12:50:36 PM

My favorite game on the PSN, and my favorite racer in general.

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AceTatsujin
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 6:30:14 PM

one of the best racing games man! they could have sold it at 60 and got away with it.

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Aftab
Thursday, February 12, 2009 @ 1:24:14 AM

And you know what's sad: they probably should have sold at 60, because they probably would've seen more of a profit, seeing how it only appealed to a relatively small interest group who would've paid either way. And that's the real reason why I hate what M$ has done to the market. "Halo" has monopolised everything. Before, in the ps2 era, things were beginning to get creative. And yeah, these days, LBP, if we're not talking about sales, is hot, and nothing like it before, but the industry is starting to see that it isn't creativity that's rewarded...It's marketing dollar. The vgame market is most likely larger than ever before, and has a become market that is on par with the music and film industries, but something lame happens when things in general get too mainstream. I just hope "mainstream" doesn't take over everything.

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Random_Steve
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 10:43:58 AM
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Earlier today, my friend who owns an xbox said to me that xbox has better games, and Sony has much better advertising. He also said that LBP sold loads due to good marketing but it's the only game the PS3 has. Just hought i'd bring that up cos i found it funny

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Qubex
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 11:13:56 AM

I'm sorry, he is an idiot!

Q!

"i aM hOMe"

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Itdoesntmatter
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 12:06:28 PM

What your friend said is the exact opposite of the truth...ps3 has much better exclusives past, present, and future, microsoft had much better and more involved advertising thanks to their financial freedom...and LBP sold over 2 million copies in 4 months DESPITE almost no media attention (frankly, LBP would sell 100M copies with decent, consistent advertising)

If you are still on the fence about LBP, just think of it like this...imagine being "on the fence" whether to get Super Mario World back in the early 90s...its that much of a no brainer 10x


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FLYING_APE
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 10:45:21 AM
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Sony need to treat us europeans better. Where the f**k is street fighter.

But i can't wait for flower. where the review

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Random_Steve
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 11:02:07 AM

and where are movies?

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Qubex
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 11:14:50 AM

It's coming... some of the characters got into a fight... they are somewhat delayed, lol :)

Q!

"i aM hOMe"

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Lord carlos
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 11:49:22 AM

SSF2HDR is bug infested,i'd say they're gonna release it in pal regions with a patch that fixes all the problems.

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Naga
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 2:32:25 PM

Why it's been rushed and is now currently suffering from some strange rare multitudes of bugs

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Troy Powers
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 11:10:15 AM
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I still haven't seen any of this KZ2 marketing blitz.

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coverton341
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 11:24:51 AM

Neither have I but then again I have only heard about the crap load of Euro's or pounds maybe that they have spent on the marketing and nothing about them spending any USD so that could be the reason.

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noshownogo
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 11:17:07 AM
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Yup same here, i haven't seen one killzone2 ad on the tele yet.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 11:23:09 AM
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I just dont like paying for downloads, i just dont feel like i get enough, when i get the case and disc it just feels complete, i could have bought Blood Curse Siren on the PS Store, but i just didnt like the idea, once it was released on disc i got it a month later, and very glad it did to me its probaly been the most engaging title this gen!!! to my surprise.

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Arvis
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 12:44:27 PM

Hey guys! Ultimadream LIKED something!!! Mark this day on your calendars!!! =D

-Arvis

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PS3_Wizard
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 2:22:45 PM

*begins scribbling on a calendar.*

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Itdoesntmatter
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 12:36:29 PM
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The competitor charges $50-$96 a year (depending how you pay)...and in addition to that, they have "PS Home-like" micro-transactions for everything even things like wallpaper...

To get the amount of content on those lists above for the competitor's system, it goes well above $100+ (per year)

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Itdoesntmatter
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 1:19:36 PM

With the only real advantage being cross game chat....pretty steep price to pay for cross game chat

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th0mas21
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 12:58:35 PM
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i would hate to add up the cost in rockband songs that i have purchased, but i thought it was well worth it. along with a couple small games and wipeout, i paid my part on it, but i do think its nice that you can play for free or just view whats offered without paying a penny. i have enjoyed the movie previews and extra jazz so no compliants here. i think sony has done a good job with it since you start free and then your browsing and you keep seeing the good pruducts your interested AND they keep dropping prices, (like burnout) then finally one lonely afternoon you just say i must have it! i need burnout...

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coldbore
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 2:17:16 PM
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i just finished reading the official playstation magazine... at the very back where they awsner peoples questions i almost got offended because the PSN cards are taking forever to come to canada, they said that they will eventually come to canada but they dont know when, i have a feeling it wont be for a while, yet again canadians are left out in the dust...:(

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anjpikapp3
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 3:16:03 PM

well...yeah....your Canadian :) you guys are always late. Think about it, Canada's fads are about a decade late. In the 90's Canadians were just starting 80's Fads....you don't believe me?? look it up...any picture taken in Canada during the 90's looks like a blast from the past... :)

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somethingrandom
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 11:52:22 PM

No, not anymore. The only main differences I noticed in the states was the eat-in charge at McDonalds, the people who call toques hats, and the lack of extreme levels of vehicle corroding road salt.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 2:37:55 PM
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:D Haha you'll be suprised i like alot of things, but yes Highly recomend Blood Curse Siren best horror game ive played since Silent Hill 3, very satisfying indeed.

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Spartan 117
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 2:41:02 PM
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Sad seems Sony realizes they have lost this generation and can only attack other cosoles saying wii is not competition just because it's outselling PS3 a lot. Xbox live has inside xbox which is free and also has far superior online play. PSN has quore which it charges you $3 bucks for one episode.
And here's something what $200 you saved on a 360 instead of PS3 will get you
1. a one year subscription for xbox live $49.99
2. Mass Effect $19.99
3. Halo 3 $59.99
4. Gears 2 $59.99

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dlte
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 3:38:12 PM

There's also Pulse, which is free. Qore is $21 for the 8 episodes (#7 was free), that is still $29 less than Live service, it is also optional. How do you define "far superior"? They both have 17 million users, how can the Live service be that "far superior"? Yes, the Wii(45M) is destroying the PS3(21.3M) and 360(28M) in sales. It also has a much larger target audience (anyone who can hold a wiimote).
Moving on, let's compare what $190 (since you spent that much) can get you on a PS3.
Metal Gear Solid IV: $50
PixelJunk Monsters: $10
Little Big Planet: $60
echocrome: $10
Killzone 2: $60

If wanted to get free Qore episodes, just get a subscription to PSM, it's $18 for a year and has a voucher for the current episode of Qore in every issue.

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SarahPalinMILF
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 3:38:40 PM

@Spartan 117

FLAMING FANBOY ALERT

Leave your one sided views somewhere else...

P.S.- Figures you would have a square enix logo as your avatar of choice they are clearly playing favorites to the shitbox as of now...even though FFXIII and Versus will be far superior to any XBOX game ever!!! ever created

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NightHawk17
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 3:42:09 PM

the article was talking about downloads not physical media, and you'll give people the impression that your a fanboy with a name like that on top of bashing the ps3...also sony doesn't make qore

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elass0wyp0
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 3:42:54 PM

1. a one year subscription for xbox live $49.99

That's a reoccurring cost brother. You plan on quitting LIVE after the first year? You can't pause your membership while you console is in the shop.

This posting is fanboy flame bait. We are above this.

Spartan - Go back to talking about Gears3.

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Spartan 117
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 4:23:08 PM

Also Xbox live has party chat, netflix (which is not possible on the PS3), and way more content. Also FFXIII will probably get a lot more sales on 360 so then Square will make versus muliplat.

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Aftab
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 4:35:56 PM

Actually, xbox live has a 350mb download limit. So I wouldn't compare that content to the kind of content available on the PSN (full games). Also, PS3 has downloadable HD movies for purchase and rent. But yeah, live's got full chat which is pretty cool, but definitely not worth the cost of entry.

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recks1jtp
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 4:41:58 PM

OK Spartan 117, say you're 'saving' $200 on purchasing the Arcade, right? Then I'm figuring you're not planning on using a Hard Drive or connecting wirelessly, right? But if you are (which I would hope so...playing without a hard drive is a drag), well then you're spending $100 for the wireless adapter, and another $100 just for the 60GB Hard Drive....which really makes the price about the same, which brings us back to Ben's topic of saving 50-60 bucks from having a free online experience or not buying one game.

Secondly...the PS3 has party video chat, and you have to already be subscribed to Netflix (another pay subscription) to use it on the Xbox. I'll stick to my Blockbuster any day over Netflix.

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Daedusian
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 5:39:31 PM

"Also Xbox live has party chat, netflix (which is not possible on the PS3), and way more content. Also FFXIII will probably get a lot more sales on 360 so then Square will make versus muliplat."

Haha! I love how you keep going when you clearly were shut down by 4 people! Ahhh.. that just made my day! ;)

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 6:49:50 PM

Hey Spartan 117,
Didn't you forget to add something??????

1. a one year subscription for xbox live $49.99
2. Mass Effect $19.99
3. Halo 3 $59.99
4. Gears 2 $59.99
5. 30 Percent RRod Rate.......

........"Simply F*cking Priceless", I'd say!!(AND FEEL FREE TO NOTE MY SARCASM)


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Robochic
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 3:08:01 PM
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Cool, I just got Bejeweled I know sounds stupid but i love it and have spent endless hours on it :) Burnout paradise i love burnout 3 is it just as good as that game or better?

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SarahPalinMILF
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 3:41:46 PM
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WATCHMEN: THE END IS NIGH

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 3:48:47 PM
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STFU!






............

I hate this era of comic book movie adaptions..

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Arvis
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 3:50:47 PM

What a freaking surprise...

-Arvis

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SarahPalinMILF
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 4:49:37 PM

Well I'm sorry Kubrick couldn't have directed Watchmen but I can promise you that Watchmen and the game will be amazing...

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dlte
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 4:03:22 PM
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I think I've spent about $72,
flow
echocrome
pixeljunk monsters
lbp msg4 pack
spryo the dragon
crash banicoot
classic rock track pack
smashing pumpkins track pack
the eagles track pack
one premium theme
rampage world tour

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Dingodial
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 4:20:44 PM
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What I like about it is that you can pay with regular money instead of points (what M$ uses to make people think that they are getting a deal but instead are getting ripped off)

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Daedusian
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 5:44:05 PM

I don't like the point scheme either. I think they're trying to make it 'fun' rather than what's normal.

Besides, Sony knows their customers have cash, not tokens. ;)

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 5:44:11 PM
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@ Milf

Stanley had better standards then The Watchmen.

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Daedusian
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 5:48:00 PM
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WipeOut is definitely my fav dl game, but I also enjoy HVB, Siren, Crash Commando, PJ Eden and Monsters, and PAIN. Let's just say I've sunk a good amount of cash into the store..

Edit: I knew I forgot one! Everyday Shooter!

Although it's one of the first for the PSN, I still love to play it from time to time.

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Mercenary47
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 @ 9:35:36 PM
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They didn't count the tax in the list...

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tanner1
Thursday, February 12, 2009 @ 6:56:48 AM
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Spartan, why dont u & Joshua adams get it together and rodger eachothers brains out on a 360 fanboy website ay

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PaiNT_kinG
Friday, February 13, 2009 @ 1:02:29 AM
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honestly most of the games i bought from ps store usually ends up collecting hardware dust on my HDD.

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BIG_E
Friday, February 13, 2009 @ 4:51:29 PM
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Now you guy's see why i call that fool Fartan 117.

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