So the sale of games may be addressed through digital distribution; Indiagames is already trying that with its Games on Demand network. Now Sony Computer Entertainment has launched the PlayStation Store in India, allowing gamers to download content, access free games and demos, surf the web and chat from their PlayStation. It allows them to create a portable ID, and log in to the network from anywhere, and play against online gamers for free. [via Indianvideogamer – PR and a story]
Full games are priced at Rs 225 for the PS3 and Rs 170 for the PSP &, PSP Go. In terms of DRM, these games can be used on 5 other activated PS3, PSP & PSP Go consoles. The subscription service, PlayStation Plus, which offers gamers exclusive discounts, services and content such as early access to beta trials and demos, and free games and downloads, is priced at Rs. 2850. Playstation claims that consumers are offered content worth approximately Rs. 14, 000 absolutely free. Additionally, there is a 90 day subscription package for Rs. 885, with content worth Rs. 6500 on offer. Atindriya Bose, Country Manager (India) for Sony Computer Entertainment, claims that 50,000 Indian users have been signed up to the network already. Now, all they need, is reliable connectivity.
I wonder if Sony plans to bundle broadband connections with the consoles, or if telco’s are looking to offer the same.