Sony’s Playstation 3 console has been with us for five years now and to mark the occasion, the Japanese company brought all users a little frustration courtesy of the Network.
I’m not talking about the movie, but their online service, the Playstation Network. Also I’m not talking about the frustration of not having online access.
The real frustration of the latest maintenance of the Playstation Network update is in one major change that has left tons of players without their Playstation 3 games.
Again, it’s not exactly what you think as there’s been no data loss, no savegame corruption and not even any accounts deleted.
The new Playstation Network update limited the game sharing of your purchases with other friends. Whereas previously any game you purchased and registered over the network would have had up to five your friends eligible to play it (on PSP), that number has now been slashed.
Dropping the new figure over to just two PS3 or PSP units still is generally enough for anybody with a need for mobility in gaming but it’s a bit of an issue for freebie friends.
While it was a nice run for enthusiasts of the freebie gaming opportunities, it is over, and as you’d imagine, PlayStation forums, blogs and comment boxes have been filling up with trolling fire.
I for one perfectly understand why the guys at Sony have cut freebies via the Playstation Network as it’s been cutting into their PSP game sales.
The video game part of the entertainment industry may be at an all time high in sales thanks to last iterations of Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 but mobile gaming isn’t that lucky.
One benefit of the new maintenance they’ve been doing for the PlayStation Network users can deactivate and reactivate consoles online so that “games” aren’t activated uselessly when not in use.
Not that much of a bonus if you have many friends who don’t take buying games very lightly yet they have a Playstation Network account.