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GameStop "Looking Forward" To Working With Sony On PS Now

When Sony announced their upcoming streaming service, PlayStation Now, GameStop shares took a dive.

After all, if players will be able to rent back-catalog games individually (or via subscription package) and play them immediately thanks to the cloud, there's less reason to head out to your local GameStop store.

But the retailer says they want to work with Sony to help sell PlayStation Now memberships to in-store customers. It'd be similar to the way they sell PlayStation Plus subscriptions off the shelf. Said a GameStop representative:

"GameStop has built a $600MM digital business, with most of the digital games sold through our stores. Similar to how we worked closely with our partner Sony to successfully sell the PlayStation Plus service, we are looking forward to working with them on including the new PlayStation Now service as part of our portfolio of gaming products we offer our customers."

PlayStation Now will get a beta test on the PlayStation 3 later this month; the service will ultimately extend to all PlayStation platforms and other Internet-connected devices. Regardless of whether or not GameStop "works with" Sony to sell Now subscriptions, it seems likely that it could negatively impact walk-in traffic. The world continues to embrace digital at a rapid clip... Are you already on board?

Tags: gamestop, playstation now, sony streaming service

1/8/2014 10:02:01 PM John Shepard

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Comments (16 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 10:25:46 PM
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Put this one in the desperately trying to stay relevant category.

I'm wondering if it will be as hard to get old games onto PSNow as it is to get them for sale on the store. If I were King of Sony the "PS1 Classics" section would have a lot more games in it but there must be a ton of red tape to clear or something. So I'm sort of expecting them to have thin offerings that I'm not interested in paying extra money for. I just want the stuff I already do have to work without more fees.

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H0TSHELLZ
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 10:27:52 PM
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Games to play ASAP or when available:

Black, Tenchu, and Syphon Filter

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Norrin Radd
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 10:56:09 PM
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It will be interesting to see what games from the past SONY can put forth for this service. I also fear that this rental/subscription will have no interactivity with what one already has in their physical library. It would be nice to find a way to make that happen, though. I'd gladly send in my discs for a code to download or add to my permanent digital library.

I think I'm going all digital this gen. I just got my PS4 today (thanks, Costco!) and I like the idea of picking up a game without booting up. I have AC IV for PS3 and loaded that on. But you know what? In that scenario, no instant playing - had to wait for the whole game to download. And restarting was the same as on PS3. Boot up and wait. Yup. Thinking it's all digital from this point forward. The convenience seems really cool. And no more traveling to the store for new games! Any thoughts?

Oh yeah - did anyone here really dig KZ:SF single player? I'm tempted.......

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 11:10:09 PM

I have a thought. No way I'm sending anybody my old discs!

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Norrin Radd
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 11:23:34 PM

@ World

To each their own. I've got a wife, three kids and a dog in a small house - that has way too much clutter. Every day I look around and try and get rid of crap. If I could trade every one of my games for a digital library version (ala iTunes), I'd do it in a heartbeat!

Those boxes and discs are just containers for the "game", and they take up space! I'd rather not have them, if that were a legitimate option.

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Gabriel013
Thursday, January 09, 2014 @ 1:53:58 AM

What about the price difference? PS3 Games on the UK PSN are typically £50-£60. This includes titles which are available new in the highstreet for £25-£40. That alone would be enough to put me off and suffer the 2 minute inconvenience of having to get the disc and put it into the machine.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, January 09, 2014 @ 11:38:51 AM

One man's clutter is another man's memories crystallized in a physical product :)

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Bonampak
Friday, January 10, 2014 @ 3:05:56 AM

@Norrin Radd - I don't want to have a digital library of games ala iTunes. For the simple reason that once I die, those songs/games will go back to Apple/Sony. So I cannot transfer them to my kids to enjoy or pass them along to someone that will.

I don't have to worry about that ever happening with my physical/retail game collection.

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daus26
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 11:02:03 PM
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Least they can offer is no fee for games we've already bought digitally.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 11:11:37 PM

That would be appreciated. I mean it may be worth it but how many times do I really have to buy all the old Final Fantasies? I've already got both physical and digital copies, now I might need to buy digital access to play it on the new system?

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slugga_status
Thursday, January 09, 2014 @ 12:43:52 AM

Any game I already own for that matter

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Gabriel013
Thursday, January 09, 2014 @ 1:57:07 AM

I like your thinking Slugga but that will never happen. I would love it if you could put your disc in, your PS reads it is an original copy, and then gives you access to the digital version.

I'd even accept that you'd have to put the disc in first and use it like a key to be able to play the digital version to avoid Sony concerns over 2nd hand sales leading to duplicate digital versions per hardcopy.

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infamousgodV2_0
Thursday, January 09, 2014 @ 7:11:27 AM
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Thank you Gamestop. Still to this day i refuse to put any CC information on my system. I really hope sony lets gamestop do this. i wish some one would sell netflex membership cards like PsPlus.

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JackC8
Thursday, January 09, 2014 @ 7:57:21 AM
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Makes about as much sense as me driving to a store to buy a code to watch a movie on Netflix.

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Thinker
Thursday, January 09, 2014 @ 8:50:18 AM
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Amusing to see GameStop coming around from their Microsoft-first mantra.

At the very least, if this forces GS to reach out to Sony, then hopefully it will also reduce the "Buy Microsoft! Buy Microsoft!" asshattery going on at the GameStop stores from its employees.

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Harerazer
Thursday, January 09, 2014 @ 9:28:15 PM
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Being someone who refuses to deal with Gamestop I would rather they stay away from this and just fade away. They have destroyed the integrity of the gaming business since they strongarmed their monopoly into being. Anyway...
I understand that this will help some who either refuse to store card info on their systems or just don't have one. I'm sure there are 16 year olds who are financially responsible but can't get a card so being able to buy the service via cash is important. Regardless of my feelings for GS I love the gaming industry more.

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