I don't have much of a problem with their handling of used games, probably because I'm used to there being no such thing in PC gaming. I do think that if they're going to destroy the used game market for their system, they absolutely have to adjust their price drops and sales on their direct distribution system. Of course, that won't happen because they'll likely think they can continue to get $60/game six months after its release (or is the price of new games going up, too?). People aren't going to just start paying full release price for every game they want to play; they'll just stop buying a large percentage of games they would have bought used, unless they can get those games for a reasonable price.
I think this is what they are mistaking. Like you said they see the PC market and think "Oh well people dont mind it there" the reason we dont mind it is because a lot of use never pay retail. I wanted to play Farcry 3 Blood Dragon, but I wouldnt even pay 14.99 for it. I bought a code for 4.50 the other day. If MS is going to control the used game portions with the backing from the game companies, do you think the game companies dont have a say at what MS will be pricing. Nope. I expect to see used games way higher priced because companies only want their money and dont worry about the value to the costumer. Look at EA, they copy pasta Fif1 12 changed the logo to 13 on the vita and sold the exact same game as a newer version, they dont care.
I don't have a problem with paying for Xbox Live, and won't until Sony's free service rivals it as far as network quality goes. And perhaps with the PS4, it will do so. Having experienced extensive multiplayer on both the PS3 and 360, my personal experience has been that the games played over Live have had less network issues than the ones on PSN. That said, there's no reason that you should have to pay for a Gold membership to access things like your Netflix account; that should be included with the free membership. I think that they could also do something like including better free Gold access with new games. Include a full month with every new game you buy.
I've usually been a Sony-first person, since most of the JRPG I like to play come out on PS and not Xbox, but I did greatly enjoy the original Xbox, and have enjoyed the 360. I'm really interested to see how this all plays out. They'll certainly still sell a ton of consoles.
I dont understand this mentality, your being charged to use the internet you already pay for. MS charges to "use their infrastucture" Sony doesnt. Sony puts that on the shoulder of the developers I believe, so its their job to make sure the netcode is good, not Sonys, they just provide the platform. As for the less network issues on Live I could back you up on this except Live is stupid easy to mess with. One of my friend used to play Halo 3 ranked a lot, one night one of his friends brought over his laptop and ran a packet sniffer to target the Xbox live code and insert intentional errors forcing the other side to hang and lag. I dont know exactly how it worked but they did it all night and won every game.
As I mentioned before PS+ IMHO is a better service than Xbox live(Gold) I mean in a year and a lahf ive spend 75 dollars. and received a TON of free games including 6 retail vita games if i pick up that system for free. Sony is putting value into the system while MS is putting ads to make more money.
I know I blam MS pretty hard, but the Xbox gold thing really gets me, because IMHO it preys on peoples niavity. Like the people with cable internet but still pay for AOL because thats how you connect to the internet is though AOL. My girlfriends mother was like this until I sat her down and explained it. She dropped AOL like a bad habit.
Anyway if you were looking at PSN Vs XboxLive you would have expected PSn to be the one to introduce Ads to offset its free nature, but instead the paid service is the one that has them.MS is slowly closing that gap to EA territory, they had an extremely popular console last cycle and now they think they're sh*t dont stink and they will be able to keep pushing. Kind of like Sony after the PS3, How did that turn out for them?
Sony this upcoming cycle is learning from their mistakes with the PS3 because they were headstrong, and thought they could do no wrong after the PS2. Atm I feel Xbox is headed in the same direction, because their system was he top hardcore unit last cycle that this cycle they can do what they want and consumers will eat it out of their hands.
Idk MS is lucky Xbox is still a thing honestly, If Halo didnt take off the original Xbox was dead in the water, They had the same games and a more powerful system than the PS2 and even had the basic network the PS2 didnt. But for the longest time the system struggled to find a base, they had almost no RPGs, their exclusives werent that great, or were overhyped and under delivered. Until halo 1 came out and became THE console lan party game, sales of the system were usually only to people into racing or sports games. PS2 t the time had the market with tons of games in every genre to fit many tastes. Its not the hardware that moves a system its the software (only applies to consoles)