Sony introduces subscription-based PSN show, Qore

Tuesday, 3rd June 2008 15:39 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Sony has announced a new subscription-based download program, ‘Qore: Presented by the PlayStation Network’.

The Future-US developed show will feature news, views, and so on, but more importantly it’ll have demos and add-ons only available to subscribers.

The first episode will launch on Thursday, June 5 and you can subscribe on a monthly or an annual basis for $2.99 or $24.99 repectively.

Episode one will feature SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Secret Agent Clank, Soul Calibur 4 and Afro Samurai, plus new Blu-ray trailers, an exclusive SOCOM: Confrontation theme with an invitation to the SOCOM: Confrontation beta.

“To get Qore, simply log onto PSN and go to the PlayStation Store, as you would purchase any other form of downloadable content,” reads the US Playstation Blog.

“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).”

Watch the Qore announcement video through the link.

By Mike Bowden

From Crackle: Qore preview





    #1 7 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Stupid name, stupid idea. You ought to point out that it’s created and published by Future and not Sony themselves, though. Although Sony are hardly blameless – they shouldn’t be encouraging this kind of paid-for advertising.

    It appears to be little more than a digital version of the official Playstation mag – they’re obviously feeling the pinch now that you can get the demos elsewhere.

    #2 7 years ago
  3. patlike

    I’ve just done an edit.

    #3 7 years ago
  4. patlike

    Actually, this is completely retarded. Surely every episode will be on the internet about 10 minutes after it launches.

    #4 7 years ago
  5. Blerk

    My guess is that 95% of the reason for this existing is so that they can buy up ‘exclusive’ demo rights and sell them to you. The show itself is just some smoke and mirrors to disguise that little con.

    #5 7 years ago
  6. patlike

    Just added the video for this.

    #6 7 years ago
  7. patlike

    /watches video


    #7 7 years ago
  8. morriss

    exclusive demos for a subscription fee sounds ominously like some other subscription-based service.

    #8 7 years ago
  9. morriss

    She’s not that ugly, Pat.

    #9 7 years ago
  10. ecu


    I don’t know why people have suddenly started saying this. You don’t have to pay for PSN, isn’t this about the equivalent of buying an add-on pack for a game through PSN? They’re still not charging you for PSN, it’s just something ON the PSN that you can pay for. Which is what they’ve been doing since day one. So why the fuck is everyone getting their knickers in a twist over this, thinking that they’re now charging for PSN?

    #10 7 years ago
  11. Blerk

    Because they’re now saying they can charge you for demos? And other stuff that was previously all free? Maybe?

    #11 7 years ago
  12. pjmaybe

    Ecu: Not so much the “charging for PSN” – more the “charging for you to sit through game promotional material you should be able to get for free everywhere else on the net within a matter of hours”

    As I keep saying on EG, I don’t know why I get my knickers in such a twist when people seem hell bent on wasting their money on stuff like this.

    #12 7 years ago

    Thunder storms start with tiny rain drops.

    Everything starts out free, then slowly, we get to the situation where all the crap, bad connection, laggy stuff is free but the premium quality, shiny, new stuff comes at a price.

    #13 7 years ago
  14. ecu

    Seems like a massive over-reaction, that’s all. What is it about Sony that makes people so angry with everything they do?

    #14 7 years ago
  15. mart

    Because they KILLED SEGA

    #15 7 years ago
  16. Blerk

    It’s not just Sony. I get angry at pretty much anyone. For just about anything. :-D

    This is potentially worse than Live’s two-tier gold/silver thing. At least those demos that appear on gold first appear on silver a week later. There’s talk here of ‘exclusive’ demos – what’s to say these will EVER appear for free?

    #16 7 years ago
  17. patlike

    I can’t see how anyone with any sense would pay for this, unless they get a major demo exclusive. The video content will be online instantly.

    #17 7 years ago
  18. klanger13

    I don’t know. Sometimes my thirst for information gets the better of me and I even buy the Offical Magazines. God I’m bored.

    #18 7 years ago

    “Seems like a massive over-reaction, that’s all. What is it about Sony that makes people so angry with everything they do?”

    I don’t think that people get angry…

    But they have ‘dug their own grave’ time after time by making claims that they fail to live up to.

    What makes it worse for them is that Sony fanboys trumpet these claims like a champion until they turn out to be false.

    So you have Sony arrogance and empty boasts covered with fanboy ranting about things that either go wrong, or just don’t happen.

    Time and time again…

    I think that if they were just more honest and open about their products, people might not jump on them every time they mess up.

    #19 7 years ago
  20. patlike

    I need to get into the habit of buying games mags. And a scanner.

    #20 7 years ago
  21. OrphanageExplosion

    Well the mechanisms to make gamers pay for downloadable playable demos has been discussed behind the scenes for years. Historically it’s been a huge cash cow – Future floated off the back of the Official PS1 magazine’s mega success, and Sony made millions from making the demo CDs and DVDs in addition to the official license fees from the mag itself.

    Microsoft’s move to make demos available to Gold subscribers only with a time window until they went Silver was probably the best way of managing it. Bundling the demos with the whole online subscription just makes more sense.

    Bundling demos with horrible Future video content on the other hand… oh dear.

    #21 7 years ago
  22. Daniel Plainview

    Jesus people like to whine I have no problem with a company trying to make money & this is just an option , it’s basically an online version of the official mag you don’t have to get it, if it gets me into a little big planet beta I’d buy it in a heartbeat

    #22 7 years ago
  23. FireFly

    Wow. Paying for demos. Demo is short for demonstration right? In this case it demonstrates a developers’ games. We play them to see if we like them. If we don’t, then most likely we won’t buy the full game. What makes these jackasses think that we’ll pay for something that’s been free for quite sometime now, that could suck, and is a sort of promotion of their damn game in the first place?
    I don’t get it. Hopefully, p.demos are still free, and this is just something different.

    #23 7 years ago

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