Premier Episode of Qore Coming Tomorrow; Pay for All Kinds of DLC
Qore sounds like a good idea at its most basic level. PlayStation.Blog describes it as “highly interactive, monthly lifestyle gaming program covering the world inside PlayStation is on its way to PS3″ which will provide “exclusive news, developer interviews, in-depth game previews and behind-the-scenes looks at PlayStation games and special access to game demos, special beta invitations, game add-ons and other downloadable game-related content.”
That sounds great — lots of cool content for PS3 owners, with the first episode premiering tomorrow.
The not-so-great news? It’s gonna cost you.
The introductory price is $2.99 per episode, although their referring to it as an “introductory price” leads me to believe that it could be higher in the future. Your alternative is to subscribe for a full year — 13 episodes — for $25.
I’m really wondering what impact this will have on demo, beta and add-on releases. Sony might claim whatever content is released through Qore is purely exclusive and wouldn’t have been otherwise released, but would such a claim (should they make it) be true? Is this Sony’s way of tip-toeing towards making money off of PSN in the same way Microsoft does with Xbox Live? Of course, PSN will be staying free to play on and this is only extra content on the side, but I don’t see this as a good move for Sony when gamers are used to getting demos and such for free. We’ll have to wait and see if the frequency of content increases, or if Qore starts detracting from what PS3 owners have come to expect from PSN.