The start of the new fiscal year often brings some bad news related to taxes or price increases. If you weren’t over eBay collecting sales tax in over a dozen additional states starting today, then you’re not going to like this if you subscribe to Sony’s standalone online TV streaming service. It has been confirmed today that the PlayStation Vue subscription fees are being increased.
Dwayne Benefield, VP and GM of PlayStation Vue, wrote on the service’s official blog that each deal is constantly evaluated to make sure that PlayStation Vue delivers the content users want while keeping in mind the overall value of each package.
Speaking to Game Informer, Square Enix’s President and CEO Yosuke Matsuda was quoted as saying, “We’re working on that in a variety of ways. That is a request that we hear often. As far as our major titles go, most of those, we still have variations out that you can play now. The more classic titles that you might have played on NES, we are still working hard to make it so you can play those.”
He adds, “We actually have launched a dedicated project internally to port those, so we are working to make them available on a variety of platforms. Certainly down the road, we would like to see that on a subscription or streaming service, so we’re exploring the possibility of creating a dedicated channel for ourselves.”
The PlayStation Now streaming service has been around for quite some time now, long before similar services were offered for the Xbox One. Sony launched it back in 2014 and it has seen constant growth for PlayStation Now over the years. Sony has revealed that the subscription service now has over 700,000 users.
Sony’s cloud-based game streaming service is based on a subscription model. Users can purchase a membership for $19.99 per month and that provides them with access to more than 750 games for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
Toyota has teamed up with Sumitomo Mitsui Auto Service Company to launch a new car subscription service with gamification elements in Japan. The program is called Kinto, and it'll offer two tiers: the first, called Kinto One, will allow you to drive one Toyota vehicle over a three-year period for anywhere between $420 and $900 a month. When the tier becomes available on March 1st, you can choose from the available Prius, Corolla Sport, Alphard, Vellfire and Crown models. The other tier called Kinto Select will give you the power to drive one of the available Lexus-branded vehicles for $1,630 a month for three years.
Now, what truly makes Kinto potentially more interesting than other leasing services is a rewards program that awards points based on how well you drive. Toyota didn't really expound on how it will work, other than saying that it will "award points to customers based on their vehicle usage (such as for safe or ecological driving)." As TechCrunch notes, the assumption is that the vehicle's in-car connected system will come with the ability to monitor your driving. Best thing about it is that the points you earn aren't useless rewards you can't even use: you'll be able to apply them toward payments.
Kobukuro's songs are now available on music subscription services such as Apple Music, Spotify, and LINE MUSIC.
The songs that are available include all of their singles from their major debut single "YELL / Bell" as well as songs from nine of their original albums. Others include their collaboration song with Ayaka, "WINDING ROAD," and songs from their cover album "ALL COVERS BEST."
One of the benefits of subscribing to Nintendo’s Switch Online service is cloud saves. This means that unlike previously where game saves would be stored locally on a device, which means that if you get a new console you couldn’t just pick up where you left off, cloud saves means that you can recover your saved game files when you get a new console.
Nintendo will be launching its awaited Switch Online service on September 18th. It’s a multiplayer access service much like PlayStation Plus. It will cost $20 per year and will be available with a seven-day free trial from Nintendo’s eShop. Many have been wondering what this would mean for free-to-play multiplayer titles like Fortnite and would be delighted to know that Fortnite is exempt, meaning that players won’t need to a Switch Online subscription to play the game on Nintendo’s console.
Nintendo’s Switch online service has been confirmed to launch in the second half of September. For those who are intending on signing up for it, you might be interested to learn that both Best Buy and GameStop are now selling the subscriptions on their respective websites (Best Buy/GameStop).
The subscriptions are priced the same as what Nintendo is offering so it doesn’t make a difference who you buy it from, unless you have a preference for a particular retailer. This means that if you are interested in the 3 month membership, it will be priced at $7.99, while the 12 month membership will retail for $19.99.
All songs by w-inds. are now available on music subscription services.
w-inds. have released a total of 593 songs from their debut work "Forever Memories" to their latest "Dirty Talk." To commemorate this occasion, a campaign has been launched on Spotify in which their fans create a w-inds. playlist. The winner of this campaign will receive a voice comment from the members.