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Micheal Pachter says Playstation Now has "no prayer" for success, with games that are more than "two years old"

2/10/14 2:20pm
tl;dr

Pack it up, guys, leave the site. Apparently, according to Pachter, games older than 2 years aren't worth playing.

In the latest edition of Game Informer, Industry Analyst and Keith Olbermann's evil twin Micheal Pachter shared some thoughts and predictions on Sony's new Playstation Now service. In doing so, he revealed a hell of a lot more about himself than the service.

"PlayStation Now is a joke. There is no publisher that is going to license content that's less than two-years old because they would be concerned that they can't sell as many copies if they make it available for subscription or rental.

This has no prayer of working. None."

Now, I could point out that Sony has managed to secure games for Playstation Plus, a relatively similar program, far, far earlier than two years after their release - Metro Last Night, a game just released for PsS, was first released in May of last year, making it less than 9 months old. Or I could point out Outlast, Don't Starve, Contrast, Resogun and Drive Club are all games that have been or will be free on Plus the day that they are released. But I don't even need to bother arguing that idea, because Pachter's major point is still too stupid for words.

The implication that gamers have no interest in accessing a service giving them unlimited access to games older than 2 years? Because as the PSone Classics, PS2 HD remakes, the Virtual Console, Steam Sales, GoG.com, and this entire site prove, gamers happen to enjoy playing games older than 2 years just fine.

In fact, lets remove videogames from it - what do public libraries, Netflix and Hulu all have in common? The majority of their lent content is older stuff that people want to check out. Do you think every single thing on Netflix is brand new? Heck no, unless Netflix made it themselves (which in this case are equivalent to Sony's own games, like The Puppeter and Beyond Two Souls, that is is offering), there is always a gap for content to arrive on Netflix, be it the wait til 6 months after its out of theatres, or 9 months after the season has premiered.

Whatever faults Playstation Now will have (and there is no way it won't have some faults) saying that it offering older content makes it worthless is just one of the most asinine things Pachter has ever said.

But, that's just my opinion. Do you agree with Pachter that older content won't be worthwhile? Or do you think he's an idiot? Let me know in the comments.

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