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July 29th, 2008, 11:14
Originally Posted by Reyla View Post
What do you mean by this?

Here in Japan, the Playstation 3 is a monster of profitability for Sony thus they can offer free multiplayer like Blizzard does with Battle Net.
Huh? In Japan the PS3 is the #2 console, outsold 3:1 by the Wii. In the rest of the world it is #3. Does anyone *not* acknowledge that Sony is in last place in this console round? (certainly the game media know this worldwide, but don't count Sony out yet)

But the 'Live' thing is more than profit - it is the style of play. In Japan not having true online modes isn't a big deal, you can have 'local wireless' like Monster Hunter for the PSP and it is acceptable. In the US you need internet play. The PS2 & PS3 have *much* weaker online components that are still getting up to speed compared to Microsoft's offering. The PSN isn't *worth* paying for at this point.

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