Just a quick post regarding the PSN ‘Welcome Back’ package which SCEE have just detailed. Lots of complaints so far, and to be honest, I saw it coming, so I’m not really surprised.
Personally, I own (or have owned) 4 of the 5 PS3 games offered, and 2 of the 4 PSP games offered. I don’t own the others because I’m not interested in them, it’s as simple as that. I’m also not really interested in becoming a PS+ member, so the 30 day trial is of no interest to me, other than the fact it may allow me to buy a few games at discounted prices.
But just to be clear, I’m not complaining. Far from it. I’m one of the people who sees Sony as the main victim in all of this, because – let’s face it – they’ve lost far more than anyone else, not only financially, but also in terms of the company reputation and the trust of a significant number of their customers. I’m also one of those who doesn’t actually feel that Sony owes them anything.
By choosing this type of scheme, they were always going to cause further disappointment to a number of customers. Had they offered rubbish games, people would have complained that the selection was insulting. But by offering decent games, they were always going to run the risk that people already owned. It’s pretty much a no-win situation for them.
In my personal opinion, it would have been much better if Sony had offered each user any content available on the PSN Store, including movie rentals, up to a pre-determined maximum value. Or better yet, credited the PSN wallet of every Master Account with a fixed amount of cash, allowing the user to spend it on whatever content they choose. That way, no-one could complain about the quality of what’s on offer, or the fact that they already own it.
Just a thought.