IN A DESPERATE bid to beat off competition from Netflix, the BBC may start scrapping online services. A new report claims the BBC will cut back some of its online content to "streamline" itself – as pressure from rivals grows. The meteoric rise of streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon Video has made online life difficult for the BBC. According to the Daily Telegraph, entire sections of the BBC website will now be removed, and some content genres pulled too. The report notes that both BBC Earth and BBC Arts – two sections of the BBC website – are set for the chop. It also claims that there will be fewer feature articles and less celebrity gossip content overall. BBC Earth is an area of the website dedicated to animal facts, photos and breaking news, showcasing exclusive wildlife videos to boot. Meanwhile, BBC Arts promises "the best of British culture live and on-demand", and features performance, festivals, events and archive content relating to the arts. But the … [Read more...] about BBC insider reveals wacky plan to stop you running off to Netflix – by offering LESS content
As promised, Nintendo has shared more details on the Nintendo Switch online subscription service, which is due to roll out in September. A post on Nintendo's website explains that the service will offer "Save Data Cloud" backup, which sounds a lot like cloud saves.This is great news, as it means you don't have to worry about losing progress. Cloud saves are available with Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus as well, along with Steam and others.Additionally, you'll get access to a library of 20 NES games at launch, and more will be added "regularly," Nintendo says. This service is called "NES - Nintendo Switch Online," and the launch titles include the 10 listed below--including Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda--and 10 more to be announced later.SoccerTennisDonkey KongMario Bros.Super Mario Bros.Balloon FightIce ClimberDr. MarioThe Legend of ZeldaSuper Mario Bros. 3According to Nintendo, "every classic game" in the NES catalog will have some form of online functionality. "You … [Read more...] about Nintendo Switch Online Service Offers Cloud Saves, 20 Free NES Games For Subscribers
Nintendo has lifted the curtain on its upcoming online subscription service for the Nintendo Switch, including details on its release date, price, and what players can expect from the first multiplayer service of its kind for the video game company. Nintendo Switch Online will release in September, and owners of the home-portable hybrid console will be able to choose between a number of pricing options when signing up. A full year subscription will cost £18/$20 , but three month and one month packages will be available for £7/$8 and £3.49/$4 respectively. This is about half the cost of a year's subscription to Microsoft's Xbox Live (£40/$50), and even more of a deduction compared to Sony's slightly pricier 12 month subscription fee for PS Plus (£50/$60), though both of these services offer slightly more content to justify their higher price. For example, Nintendo Switch Online will give subscribers instant access to a digital library of 20 … [Read more...] about Nintendo Switch Online: how does Nintendo’s new subscription service compare to PS Plus and Xbox Live?
Valve just released a new subscription service for free-to-play MOBA Dota 2. Dota Plus will bolster the substantial revenue Valve already earns from cosmetics. Where the Battle Pass – which helped fund the biggest Dota 2 esports tournaments – was only available at certain times, this will be available all year round. When Plus is active, players can earn a new currency called Shards during each match. These level up heroes and unlock rewards. “Whether you enjoy a wide variety of heroes, or play hundreds of games with just one or two, every game with a hero now earns you XP towards that hero’s level progress,” Valve explained on the Dota 2 website. “As your hero level advances, you’ll unlock new tiers of hero level badges. Each level grants Reward Shards, and each tier grants new Hero Chat Wheel responses. Just play a single game with a hero to unlock the first of your progression rewards.” On top of that, there are new challenges and a … [Read more...] about Dota 2’s new subscription service offers an unfair advantage to paying players
A few hours ago, a new Twitter account was opened for the new President of Sony Interactive Entertainment John Kodera, who took Andrew House’s place back in October. Kodera-san immediately started interacting with the fans, and pledged his focus on continuing the legacy of the best place to play, thanking the PlayStation community for its support and passion. Responding to a fan who asked to continue to make great single player games instead of focusing too much on Games-as-a-Service, Kodera-san pledged that Sony’s vision is “totally different,” also mentioning that he will do his best to continue the “excellent work” done by his predecessor. Incidentally, his very first tweet was to thank Andrew House. This might bring relief to those who were worried about a statement made during a recent investor conference call by Chief Financial Officer Kenichiro Yoshida, who mentioned that under Kodera-san’s leadership the company would … [Read more...] about PlayStation Boss Pledges Focus on “Best Place to Play”, “Different Vision” About Games-as-a-Service