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Sony Announces "Qore" Playstation Bundle 82

Sony Computer Entertainment America has announced a new subscription-based, multimedia, Playstation bundle that promises to feature developer interviews, game previews, demos, betas, and add-ons all delivered in high definition. Supposedly hitting the streets on June 5th, "Qore," seems an awful lot like paying to get more advertising. Hopefully the playable gems make this (admittedly cheap) service worth it.
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Sony Announces "Qore" Playstation Bundle

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  • by martinw89 ( 1229324 ) on Tuesday June 03, 2008 @02:26PM (#23641567)
    How can it be bad if it has Q in the name? The only way I would want it more is if it was named "QoreX" or "XCore".
  • Odd. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Kingrames ( 858416 ) on Tuesday June 03, 2008 @02:28PM (#23641581)
    At first I thought the summary was lacking, but there isn't even a mention of "PS3" anywhere in the article either. I take it this isn't limited to the ps3?
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Jor-Al ( 1298017 )

      I take it this isn't limited to the ps3?
      Since nothing in the Playstation family but the PS3 is able to play high definition content, it can be safely assumed to be PS3 only.
    • by Kelz ( 611260 )
      I think its sort of like an online magazine that you access through a PS3, with the benefit of more media attached than like a normal demo disk. Seems a good idea, if only to get into the confrontation beta.
    • Re:Odd. (Score:4, Insightful)

      by powerlord ( 28156 ) on Tuesday June 03, 2008 @04:07PM (#23642985) Journal
      To quote the original Sony Blog entry []:

      To get Qore, simply log onto PSN and go to the PLAYSTATION Store, as you would purchase any other form of downloadable content. Once the single Episode or annual subscription is purchased, that month's episode will be downloaded under the "Game" heading on the Cross Media Bar (XMB). Users who purchase the "Qore Annual Subscription" will notice only that month's episode is available to download. The following month, the new episode will automatically appear in your download list.

      So yes, its limited to the PS3. Its basically an electronic version of a "dead tree" PlayStation Magazine.

      Personally I'm pretty excited about the idea of an "old style idea" (PlayStation Magazine) being adapted to a new media (made for on-line, Downloadable, Pay on-line, Automatically downloaded as soon as its available each month).
    • The HD magazine in question is installed as a 'game' on the hard drive of the PS3 and is purchased and installed through the PSN Store via the PS3. The content _may_ be viewable elsewhere (such as on a PSP or via memory stick transfer) but there's no mention of such capabilities in their blog [] on the issue.
  • Ownership (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Hatta ( 162192 ) on Tuesday June 03, 2008 @02:32PM (#23641635) Journal
    I have to say any subscription based service makes me uneasy. What happens when they shut down the shop and I can't access my favorite game? What's going to happen to the classic gaming scene in 20 years, when all these subscription services have been down for years and you can't find a working console anymore?

    I spend a lot more of my time and money playing classic games than new ones, I have 30 year old consoles that work flawlessly today. I just hope emulators for the current generation of systems get really good really quick.
    • This is about a video. That you can download. And watch. For $2.99 an episode or $24.99 for 12 episodes. Games need not apply.
      • For $2.99 an episode or $24.99 for 12 episodes.

        Just a nitpick, but the Sony blog says its $24.99 for 13 episodes.

        Not sure if there is one planned "Holiday Special" or something, or they are just including the starting and ending month in the year.
        • Or maybe it comes out every two weeks (52 weeks in a year).
          • Or maybe it comes out every two weeks (52 weeks in a year).

            Well ... "the fine article" mentions it coming out once a month, and mentions 13 issues in an "Annual" subscription, so I'm not really sure how that would work out.
            • Oh wow, I was way off. I meant to say every 4 weeks. While not technically correct (except for February) a lot of people consider a month to be 4 weeks long. So every 4 weeks would be once a month, but you would end up with 13 in a year.
            • Did you forget about Smarch []?
    • Re:Ownership (Score:4, Insightful)

      by TypoNAM ( 695420 ) on Tuesday June 03, 2008 @02:53PM (#23641907)
      The entertainment industry (Music: RIAA, Movies/TV:MPAA, Gaming: EA Games, etc..) wants it all it go subscription only so that they have complete control while the consumer has none. They want to either annually or monthly make you pay out of the nose so to speak for their "Intellectual property" of which according to them you're not buying the product instead you're licensing it.

      I believe things are just going to get worse once the majority are convinced it's more "convenient" to just subscribe for movies, games, music and such instead of buying a hard copy. By then there won't be any alternatives to getting your fix of media except their "approved" subscription providers of content delivery services. Cause once they don't get their periodic payments they simply lock you out and only option you've got is pay to restore the subscription (of course there will be a re-activation fee). Then they'll start to decide on what content you'll get. Say they figure it's cheaper and easier just to provide music that is nothing more but remixes of past decade's music and not release anything unqiue or new until they feel they've squeezed every last penny possible out of it.

      There's quite many different views to be taken on this whole subscription based media content and the reality is that they simply want to have complete control over their products and ultimately you as to what you've got access to, when, how, and limited iterations of playback without further payments.

      Maybe I shouldn't post such dark discussions as they could be used as blueprints of world conquest by the entertainment industry. ;)
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by rob1980 ( 941751 )
      This sounds like a magazine more than anything else. Not like the Virtual Console or XBLA. I doubt anybody's going to care about the content released through Qore next year, let alone 20 years from now.
      • by KDR_11k ( 778916 )
        The Virtual Console is just for ROMs, there's a "Nintendo Channel" now that delivers videos, ads and demos (the latter only for DS games though).
    • "I have to say any subscription based service makes me uneasy."

      No one cares.
      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        "No one cares." Surely he's not the only one who is made to feel uneasy about subscription services. I'm sure all of *those* people care.
        • I'm sure all of *those* people care.

          I was talking about his whining opinion, not subscription services themselves.

          Are you always in a rush to be wrong and look retarded by responding to something you don't understand like you did here? Because you sound very moronic spouting off on something without having the slightest idea what the fuck you're actually responding to.
          • erm... no. I was not talking about the services themselves but people's feelings towards them.

            At no point did I state that subscription services *aren't* trustworthy, merely that people may believe they're not to be trusted for whatever reason.

            So the question is: "Are *you* always in a rush to be wrong and look retarded by responding to something you don't understand...?"

            Don't be so quick to assume what people mean...

            • erm... no. I was not talking about the services themselves but people's feelings towards them.

              I didn't claim YOU were talking about ANYTHING, so once again you look like an idiot.

              So the question is: "Are *you* always in a rush to be wrong and look retarded by responding to something you don't understand...?"

              Nope. And since I didn't do that in this case either, what the fuck are you running your dicksucker about?\

              Don't be so quick to assume what people mean...

              You mean like you did in this very post?

              How fuck

    • by grm_wnr ( 781219 ) on Tuesday June 03, 2008 @03:11PM (#23642193)

      I have to say any subscription based service makes me uneasy.
      You probably bought the internet wholesale instead of subscribing for access to it. Right?
    • I feel the same way about steam. But their content is good enough that people can't bring themselves to care.
    • I find it impossible to get all bent out of shape over the prospect that I may not be able to access game demos and videos at some hypothetical point down the road when Sony decides to turn off the Qore content servers. While I still have my Xbox demo disks from 2001, I probably haven't used most of them since... well... probably 2001. I certainly can't imagine a scenario where I'll consider it a major loss if I can't access them ten years from now.

      I'm a lot more concerned about my XBLA games. Most of
  • This is the type of service you offer to milk your customers by charging them to watch advertisement AFTER you have a large fan base of fervent fanboys, not before.
    • by ivan256 ( 17499 )
      Where have you been for the last decade?
      • by ProppaT ( 557551 )
        I've been here, watching Sony build a gigantic empire only to see it crumble under the fail that is the PS3.
        • by ivan256 ( 17499 )
          So you saw the large fan-base and chose to ignore them?

          Also, I hate to spoil your flaming, but it seems highly likely that the PS3 will be the best-selling high-def console of the current generation. It'll also likely be the only profitable high-def console this generation. What definition of "fail" are you using, exactly?
          • by Toonol ( 1057698 )
            Is it standard now to use the "high-def" criteria when discussing the current console generation, so as to exclude the vastly better-selling Wii?

            That's a bit like when the New York Times Bestseller List redefined itself to exclude Harry Potter books.
            • I'd like to read an article or editorial or something about that NYT thing. Got a cite?
              • by Toonol ( 1057698 )
                Try here. []

                Even funnier, after they created a "children's bestseller" list (so they could continue to use the adult's bestseller list as a marketing tool), the publishers of kid's books got ticked that the Potter books dominated that list, and shortly thereafter the NYT created another list, this time for "children's bestselling serials." That way, they could put Harry Potter in its own little corner, where it wouldn't embarrass the rest of the publishing world with its success.
  • Why would someone want to pay money for this? Will you get the ZOMG! level 50+6 two handed broadsword? If you are going to have online distribution, make it worthwhile. Take for example the Wii. There you can get plenty of old Nintendo and Sega games for a reasonable price. I know that Sony may not have the exclusive back library that Nintendo has, but you would think that they would find some of their old partners to revive the games and sell them online.
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by mattack2 ( 1165421 )
      TFA says that you get "Calling All Cars" for free with an annual subscription. I can't tell how much that costs in a quick search, but TFA also talks about added content for other games. Stating the obvious: If you play the games the issues have addons for, it could be worth it.

      Looking around the playstation network, I saw 70 games available for download for the PS3. I have no idea if that compares to the Wii's download library, but it does exist.

      (BTW, I own neither a PS3 nor a Wii.)
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Guppy06 ( 410832 )
      "but you would think that they would find some of their old partners to revive the games and sell them online."

      Most of their "old partners" would rather sell remakes at full price rather than the original games for a $10 download. Square-Enix, for example, has made it quite clear that you'll never see any old games with the words "Final Fantasy" or "Dragon Quest" in the title on any download service; they'd rather sell you Tactics as a $40 PSP game, or Origins as two separate $30 titles. Konami's SotN see
      • by KDR_11k ( 778916 )
        Square-Enix, for example, has made it quite clear that you'll never see any old games with the words "Final Fantasy" or "Dragon Quest" in the title on any download service;

        Should be mentioned that only applies to OLD games, they do release NEW games for download services like FF Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King for the Wii (the one notorious for the huge amounts of "horse armor" you can buy).

        I'm not seeing the phrase "Mega Man" anywhere near the Virtual Console

        Megaman 1 and 2 are released on the VC.
        • by Guppy06 ( 410832 )
          "Should be mentioned that only applies to OLD games,"

          Which I did. After all, I was responding to "Where's the PlayStation 1 back catalog?"

          "Megaman 1 and 2 are released on the VC."

          Only in the PAL regions, it seems.
          • by KDR_11k ( 778916 )
            Only in the PAL regions, it seems.

            Hm, I'd guess that's because none of the compilation discs were released here...
  • This just in... Sony developes a new worthless product and expects the public in large to pay for it.
  • What the Quck (Score:5, Insightful)

    by poot_rootbeer ( 188613 ) on Tuesday June 03, 2008 @02:55PM (#23641943)

    If I'm interpreting this announcement correctly, this is pretty much the same thing as the "Nintendo Channel" that launched on Wii a couple of weeks ago, except all the advertorial content is in High Definition. And you have to pay for it.

    Who qares?
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Robert1 ( 513674 )
      People who have a PS3 come to mind.
      • Not sure. I have a PS3 and I don't really qare about this... However, this is just me. If they really want to win me over, make it so their online content is more easily navigated.

        Half the time I can't tell if I'm getting a demo or a film preview or what... Now if you'll excuse me, I smell fanboi on the way... *dons asbestos undies* There we go. Nice and snug!
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Does this mean the 80GB PS3 is finally back?

    Reads the article.

    Oh, damn, not that kind of bundle. This is just a subscription service to receive trailers for $3/month on your PS3 over your already-existing broadband connection.

    OK, not just trailers, you also get "exclusive downloadable content" but without any, say, details, I don't see why I'd want it. (Until I know that it won't be stupid things like "the character you already have, but with a green jacket" I'd rather not spend $3.)

    Of course, I'm not going
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      The MGS Bundle for $500 that will be in stores next week has the 80GB PS3 with backwards compatibilty. Releases June 12 at stores everywhere. This is not the same as the OMG ITZ GR3Y! Limited gunmetal edition, which is a 40GB for $600, and is only available direct from Konami (seriously, who put THAT together)
  • Qoqsuqqers qan't even respeqt basiq spelling qonventions!
  • by hal2814 ( 725639 ) on Tuesday June 03, 2008 @04:15PM (#23643075)
    It's about time a game company steps up and reaches out to the LGBT community... oh, it said Qore. I read that wrong. Nevermind.
  • So this is Sony's answer to Nintendo's new Nintendo Channel which offers news, interviews, demos, videos etc all for free?

  • by Anonymous Coward
    Best part of Qore is Veronica Belmont (aka Hottie Hotworthy McHottington, III).

    • When I read "Belmont" I thought: "They're previewing a new Castlevania character in the Qore package?"

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